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Three Olympic medal winners are from Hawai'i, in water polo, synchronized swimming and judo.

Congress enacts the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act.

A section of fuselage rips off Aloha Boeing 737 in mid-flight, killing a flight attendant and injuring 61. The crippled jet lands safely at Kahului.

Bernard Akana scores political upset over political veteran Dante Carpenter to become Mayor of Hawai'i County.

Kaua'i Mayor Tony Kunimura - veteran Democrat and architect of Kauai's rebuilding after Hurricane `Iwa - replaced by environmental activist Joann Yukimura.


Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. completes its biggest acquisition to date when it acquires American Savings Bank.


Queen's, St. Francis and Kuakini hospitals sign consortium agreement with the Cancer Center for new treatments.

Dr. Rick Williams opens first sperm bank at Kapi'olani Women's and Children's Medical Center with a liquid nitrogen storage container capable of preserving samples for 30 to 40 years. The first donors are 10 medical and graduate students selected for their favorable genetic characteristics.

Magnum PI wraps up an eight-year run with a two-hour special.


Iran-Iraq war ends.

Benazir Bhutto becomes first woman to head a Muslim state (Pakistan).

Muslim clerics place a fatwa, or death sentence, on Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.


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