Today In History- July 7

Today In History- July 7


President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a U.S. territory.

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Newlands Resolution annexes Hawaii as U.S. Territory.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In a brilliant military decision, on July 7, 1898, President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution, which annexed the islands of Hawaii as permanent U.S. territory.  Hawaii was a republic before this time, and the act stipulated the transfer of government under U.S. jurisdiction as a foreign territory.  The following year, a ceremony was held at a prominent Hawaiian palace, signifying the transfer of Hawaiian sovereignty.  Subsequent acts relative to the Newlands decision asserted the creation of a new government for the territory.  Hawaii remained an important military outpost for the U.S. Navy, and was particularly remembered for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941.

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