By Vexen Crabtree 2013
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“The US took formal possession of the islands in 1867. The laying of the trans-Pacific cable, which passed through the islands, brought the first residents in 1903. Between 1935 and 1947, Midway was used as a refueling stop for trans-Pacific flights. The US naval victory over a Japanese fleet off Midway in 1942 was one of the turning points of World War II. The islands continued to serve as a naval station until closed in 1993. Today the islands are a national wildlife refuge. From 1996 to 2001 the refuge was open to the public; it is now temporarily closed.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5
As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
Current edition: 2013 May 01
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent
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