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King Lunalilo dies.

Legislature elects David Kalakaua king, resulting in a riot led by supporters of Queen Emma. Read More.

William Pitt Leleiohoku proclaimed Prince Regent.

Kalakaua sets off on a visit to the United States, sailing aboard the USS Benicia and accompanied by Governors Dominis and Kapena. He stops in Washington D.C. to discuss trade reciprocity.

Ali'iolani Hale completed.


Legislative act passes allowing distillation of rum on sugar plantations.

Efforts for a Reciprocity Treaty with the United States renewed and E.H. Allen and H.A.P. Carter are sent as commissioners to Washington D.C.

$1,311,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $1,773,000.


Messrs. Dillingham & Company receives first typewriter in the Islands.

Transit of Venus observed in Honolulu.

Kalakaua writes lyrics to "Hawai`i Pono'i."

Missionary community marks the passing of early missionaries Miss M.C. Ogden and the wife of Rev. D. Dole.


"Impressionist" painters first exhibit together.

Streptococci and staphylococci discovered.

Thomas Hardy publishes Far from the Madding Crowd.


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