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Labor-backed Democrats swamp Republicans in territorial elections.

Statehood honor roll bearing 116,000 signatures goes to Washington petitioning Congress for Hawaii's statehood.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Sinclair Library at the University of Hawai`i.

Former governor Joseph R. Farrington dies.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the first building on the University of Hawai`i at Hilo campus.

Democratic Party wins 55 of the 76 election contests (72.4%) to capture control of five of six legislative branches of government in the Territory.

John Burns loses his election bid for congressional delegate for the second time.

Eisenhower appoints Samuel Wilder King territorial governor.

Wally Froiseth helps organize the Makaha Surfing Championships; it later develops into one of the world's top surfing events.

Kalanianaole highway opens as a four-lane divided highway.

Iolani School completes new campus along Ala Wai Canal.

Peter A. Aduja runs successfully for the Territorial House of Representatives, becoming the first Filipino legislator in the Islands.


Kailua Shopping Center opens.

F.W. Woolworth opens its $1 million store at Fort and Hotel Streets in Honolulu.

Ground broken for Matson's Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

Ground broken for the Reef Hotel, built by Roy C. Kelley, and located next to his Edgewater Hotel.

Two-year contract signed between ILWU and pineapple companies to cover nearly 8,000 workers at 10 plantations and eight canneries.

$369,800,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $258,700,000.



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Main crater floor and Halema`uma`u fire pit of Kilauea erupt.

Polio declared an epidemic on Lana`i, Maui and O`ahu.

Kamehameha Surgical Wing built at Queen's Hospital; isotope and research labs established.

Waves estimated at 25 feet pour onto Waikiki Beach. At Waianae, high seas overflow Farrington Highway.

Fifty-eight earthquakes shake Hawai`i Island during July.

Honolulu's first "Art Mart," exhibiting work of island art along the Honolulu Zoo fence on Monsarrat Avenue, takes place on Lei Day.

Actor John Wayne and Pilar Palette marry in Kona.

Native Hawaiian artist Maui Loa born at Queen's Hospital.

Very Rev. Richard M. Release, Jr. resigns as dean of St. Andrews Cathedral to become rector of historic St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

New $75,000 chapel completed for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kailua, O`ahu.

Filmed in Hawai`i, The Caine Mutiny stars Humphrey Bogart.

Martin Denny plays his first six-week solo gig at Don the Beachcomber's restaurant in Wakiki.


Salk polio vaccine licensed.

Brown v. Board of Education overturns the principle of "separate but equal."

Regular color TV broadcasts start.

Swanson's TV dinners hit the market.

Nasser elected president of Egypt.


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