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Honolulu Fort demolished.


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Queen Emma inherits Hanaikamalama, her summer palace.

Konia, widow of Paki and mother of Bernice Pauahi, dies.

William L. Lee, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, dies at age 36.

Premier John Young II (Keoni Ana) dies.

Victoria Kamamalu appointed Kuhina Nui.

Governor Adams (Kuakini) of Hawai'i dies.


First labor organization formed, the Hawaiian Mechanic's Benefit Union.

Blight attacks coffee plants and planters abandon practically all coffee growing on Kaua'i.

The Islands export 700,556 pounds of sugar and 48,486 gallons of molasses.

$1,130,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $470,000.

Theophilus Harris Davies arrives from England. Starting as a shipping clerk for Janion, Green & Co. in Honolulu, Davies later builds Theo Davies into one of Hawaii's powerful Big Five companies.



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Marine telegraph, a seamore system erected at Diamond Head, sends signals to the downtown post office when a ship is sighted.

Native historian David Malo dies.


In the Dred Scott case, the U.S. Supreme Court finds African-Americans are not U.S. citizens and cannot sue in court.

Indian Mutiny occurs.

George Pullman invents the Pullman Sleeping Car for train travel.


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