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Alleged Communist infiltration of the Hawaiian trade unions further delays acceptance of Hawai`i as a U.S. state.

A military air transport craft crashes into the Waianae Mountains and kills 66 passengers; it is the worst air disaster of all time in Hawai`i.

Honolulu celebrates 65th polo season.

Hawai`i-Alaska joint statehood bill rejected.

Brigham Young University-Hawai`i founded.

Chaminade University founded.


AFL and CIO merge into one massive labor union.

Ernie Morgado co-founds Pacific Poultry where he and his partner Mike Asagi marinate and barbecue chickens using a special sauce from Morgado's mother. After gaining success, Morgado markets this product called Huli-Huli Chicken through presales to schools and charities.

Waikiki Biltmore Hotel completed.

Pacific Refiners Ltd., Hawaii's first oil refinery, sold to Standard Oil Company of California.

More individuals in Hawai`i are working than at any time since World War II; unemployment is the lowest since 1953.

$419,500,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $270,800,000.


Board of Health declares Ala Wai Canal too dirty for swimming. Water in the canal is four times dirtier than water off any public swimming beach.

Continuous earthquakes from Kilauea to Pahoa signal a new eruption.

New lighting system at Kamuela Airport allows planes to land and take off before daybreak.

Board of Water Supply plans new $850,000 building to augment their headquarters in downtown Honolulu.

Honolulu Theater for Youth founded.

Henry Fonda stars in Mister Roberts, filmed in Hawai`i.


Rosa Parks refuses to move to the back of the bus, thereby starting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Disneyland opens.

The USSR and its Eastern European allies form the Warsaw Pact.


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