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U.S. forces in the Pacific region reorganized under the centralized command of CINPAC on O'ahu.

Tsunami from Aleutian Islands earthquake causes $5 million in damages in the Islands.

The Islands' longest-running volleyball competition, the Haili Men's Club Volleyball Tournament, debuts in Hilo.

William Quinn appointed governor by President Eisenhower.

John Burns elected territorial delegate to Congress.

A six-jet Air Force B-47 bomber traveling 400 miles an hour slams into a Waianae range cliff, killing the four-man crew and throwing wreckage over the mountainside.

Pali Palms Hotel opens.

First commercial color TV broadcast carried by KHVH (now KITV-46).

GEM store, the Costco of its day, opens.

Henry Kaiser erects one of the world's first geodesic domes as an auditorium for his Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki.

Hawai'i leads the world in sugar techniques and efficient sugar production. Output rises from 20 tons per worker in 1933 to an estimated 65 tons per worker in 1957.

The military pours more than $300 million into the economy, with the Army contributing $84.5 million.

Tourism industry reports a record 164,500 visitors to the Islands.

Construction industry surpasses both sugar and pineapple in earnings. Construction earns $150 million, sugar $146 million.

$488,400,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $278,500,000.

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First two tunnels of the Nu`uanu Pali Highway open to Honolulu-bound traffic.

First submarine telephone cable connects Hawai'i and mainland.

The legislature designates the nene, or Hawaiian goose, as the territorial bird.

Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert publish their Hawaiian-English Dictionary, a groundbreaking work that includes 25,000 Hawaiian words. Today it remains the standard reference for Hawaiian language.

Jungle Heat premiers.

"Common Market," or European Economic Community, established.

Velcro patented.

Jack Kerouac writes On the Road.

Ghana is first African nation to gain independence from European colonial rule.

U.S. Army troops enforce desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas schools.

Wham-O sells 25 million Hula Hoops.

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