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Hawai'i holds first election by legislators to elect William C. Lunalilo king. Read More.

Lunalilo defeats a rebellion by his body guards.

Father Damien arrives at Kalaupapa. Read More.

Dr. Gerritt P. Judd dies in Honolulu at age 70. He arrived in the Islands in 1828 as a missionary and joined the Hawaiian government in 1842.

Scottish traveler Isabella Bird Bishop arrives for a visit to the Islands.

Renewed effort for a Reciprocity Treaty with the United States takes place on the basis of cession of the Pearl River for a naval station.

The Islands export 24,566,611 pounds of sugar and 90,060 gallons of molasses.

$1,438,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i. The Islands export $2,064,000 worth of goods.

French physician George Trousseau arrives in Honolulu and is appointed to the new Board of Health by King Lunalilo. He works to limit a smallpox epidemic and is the first to suggest segregating lepers.

Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire.

Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone dies in Africa.

First cable car begins service in San Francisco.

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