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The U.S. Congress annexed Hawaii through a joint resolution signed by President William McKinley on this day in 1898, paving the way for the islands to become a territory (1900) and later a U.S. state (1959).
More Events on this day:
1978: The Solomon Islands became an independent nation.
1946: Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
1937: Chinese and Japanese troops clashed near the Marco Polo Bridge outside Beijing prior to World War II.
1807: The first of the Treaties of Tilsit was signed between France and Russia after Napoleon's victories over the Russians and Prussians.
1770: A Russian fleet destroyed an Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Çeme on the Aegean Sea.
1438: King Charles VII of France issued the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges, restricting the rights of the pope and in many cases making the pope's jurisdiction subject to the will of the king.
1307: King Edward I of England died on his way to subdue the new Scottish king, Robert the Bruce.