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1959 – “Asian American Elected to U.S. Senate for First Time” Hiram Fong, who was one of Hawaii’s most prominent and successful businessmen at the time, was elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He became the first Asian American elected to the legislative body. He was also the first Asian American to seek the Republican party’s nomination for resident of the United States. Fong was the first in a long line of Asian American elected officials to represent Hawaii, including Daniel Inouye, Daniel Akaka and Mazie Hirono.

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June 10, 1955 - "First Spanish-language TV Station Goes on Air" In San Antonio, Texas, KCOR went on air, becoming the first Spanish-language television station in the country. The station, which is now known as KWEX, was originally named after Raoul Cortez, the owner of the station. KCOR was also the first Spanish-language commercial station in the U.S., as well as the first station in south Texas to broadcast on the UHF band.

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