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Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, commissioned; Marine Corps in Hawai`i consolidated to form Marine Corps Base Hawai`i, headquartered at Kaneohe Bay.

Immigration and Naturalization Act goes into effect, thereby making some 35,000 resident aliens of Hawai`i eligible for naturalization as U.S. citizens.

Walter-McCarren Act grants Issei (first-generation Japanese) right to citizenship and right to vote.

At the Helsinki Olympics, Yoshio Oyakawa of Hilo captures the 100-meter backstroke gold medal and Ford Konno, a middle distance swimmer from McKinley High School, wins gold in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Maui swimmer William Woolsey wins gold in the men's 800-meter freestyle relay.

Jackie Liwai Pung becomes the first Hawai`i golfer to win a national championship, beating Shirley McFedters in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Waverly Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

Carl "Bobo" Olson from Kalihi wins the middleweight championship of the world at Madison Square Garden.

A.E. "Toots" Minvielle organizes the first 40-mile Moloka`i-to-O`ahu outrigger canoe race; the event becomes the most prestigious open-ocean race of its kind in the world.


Double rooms at the Moana Hotel go for $8.00 to $14.00 daily and singles from $6.00 to $12.00.

$338,200,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $239,400,000.

First frequency modulation radio stations KVOK and KAIM are licensed.



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Kilauea has biggest eruption since 1924.

Tsunami from earthquake off Kamchatka causes damage in the Islands.

A 13-foot wave rolls in at Mokule`ia sparked by an earthquake in Siberia. No casualties, but property damage is high.

Washington Place refurnished.

Honolulu gets a new aquarium.

Soto Mission of Hawai`i, a Buddhist temple, built.

The first "live" television broadcast sent out over Channel 9 from the studios of KGMB-TV.

Lei Day pageant inaugurated.

First known bikini wearer in Hawai`i photographed on Waikiki beach.


U.S. explodes first H-bomb.

First jet airliner enters regular service.

Eva Peron dies.


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