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.
Today In History- July 7
President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a U.S. territory.
Newlands Resolution annexes Hawaii as U.S. Territory.
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