Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown, Popeye makes his comic strip debut, Muhammad Ali is born, Operation Desert Storm begins, and news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks online, all on this day.
1893: Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters force Queen Lili'uokalani to abdicate. The coup's success was supported by the landing of U.S. Marines, who came ashore at the request of the conspirators ostensibly to ensure the safety and property of American citizens, an act that was later declared illegal. Hawaii was initially reconstituted as an independent republic, but the ultimate goal of the revolutionaries was the annexation of the islands to the United States, which was accomplished in 1898.
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