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Scarlet fever outbreak occurs.

The British Flying Squadron arrives from Victoria en route to Valparaiso.

Queen Dowager Kalama, Consort of Kamehameha III, dies in Honolulu.

S.S. Wonga Wonga inaugurates steamship service to Australia.

Fiftieth anniversary of the landing of the first missionaries celebrated in Honolulu with a grand jubilee.


Alexander & Baldwin founded.


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Rice exports average over a million pounds per year.

The Islands export 18,783,639 pounds of sugar and 216,662 gallons of molasses.

Legislature appropriates $1,166,396 for government expenditures.

$1,930,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $2,034,000.


Dr. Gerrit P Judd starts Hawaii's first medical school, for Hawaiian students only.

First plantings of eucalyptus trees on Maui begin.

Kamehameha V appoints New Zealander William Northcott - in Honolulu with the Austrian ship Donau - as the new conductor of an island band formed of reform school youths. Known as the Kings Band, the group later becomes the Royal Hawaiian Band.


Franco-Prussian War breaks out.

John D. Rockefeller forms Standard Oil.

15th Amendment grants voting rights to African Americans.


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