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St. Andrew's Priory for Girls founded by the Anglican Church.

Cornerstone of the Cathedral of the English Church laid.

Sanford B. Dole, future president of the Republic of Hawai'i, returns to the Islands after finishing law school and starts private law practice.

G.M. Robertson, first Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, dies at age 47.


Hawai'i and the United States sign a trade agreement to facilitate the import of sugar to the United States.

Peck v. Bailey, the first legal case dealing with water, settles competing demands for water from the Wailuku River on Maui.

Regular transpacific steamship service to the Islands starts.

The Islands export 17,127,187 pounds of sugar and 544,994 gallons of molasses.

$1,957,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $1,591,000.


H. Holstein imports the first eucalyptus tree.

Although the Royal Agricultural Society had brought the first frogs to Hawai'i earlier, the first recorded shipment occurs this year when "frogs were liberated at Pawaa" in Honolulu.

Earliest newspaper accounts of island baseball games are published by The Polynesian and The Advertiser.


U.S. buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000.

Karl Marx publishes volume one of Das Kapital.


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