On August 21

On this day in ...
... 1959, a group of islands that once was an independent nation-state but was the subject of U.S. annexation in 1898, Hawai'i, became the 50th state in the United States of America. Statehood was achieved with the signing by President Dwight D. Eisenhower  of the Hawaii Admission Act, which had passed after the January 3, 1959, entry of Alaska as the 49th state overcame opposition within Congress: with regard to Hawai'i (state flag above), as described at this site, "a strong congressional contingent of Democrats from southern states expressed concern over incorporating Hawaii's predominantly non-white population into the Union."

(Prior August 21 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)