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1859Captain Brooks of Honolulu first visits the atoll
1867U.S. government annexes the islets
1903The Navy assumes control and names Commercial Pacific Cable Company island custodian
1935Pan American World Airways' begins overnight stops on Trans-Pacific Flying Clipper seaplane service
1941U.S. commissions Naval Air Station Midway
1942The Battle of Midway turns the tide of the war in the Pacific
1969President Nixon and South Vietnam President Thieu meet in secret to discuss an end to the Vietnam War
1988Overlay National Wildlife Refuge designation is established
1993Naval Air Facility Midway closes; environmental clean up begins
1996U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assumes jurisdiction
2000Aloha Airlines begins regularly scheduled service

Source: Historical record and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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