Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On August 28
... 1867 (145 years ago today), a Navy captain "formally took possession," on behalf of the United States, of a 2.4-square-mile coral atoll comprising several islands in the North Pacific, a third of the distance from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Tokyo, Japan. "The atoll became the first Pacific islands annexed by the U.S. government, as the Unincorporated Territory of Midway Island, and administered by the United States Navy. Though considered part of the Hawaiian archipelago, it is a separate territory and not part of the State of Hawaii. It is, however, part of a U.S. wildlife preserve known as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. (credit for photo by Suzanne Canja of so-called gooney birds; Midway is home to the world's largest population of these Laysan Albatross) Midway's bounty and history are described here.
(Prior August 28 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)