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Kalakaua dies in San Francisco.

John Owen Dominis, husband of Lili'uokalani, dies at Washington Place at age 60 after a protracted illness.

Lili'uokalani becomes queen. Read More.

Honolulu-born Luther Halsey Gulick, Jr. contributes to the invention of basketball.

Government kerosene warehouse holding 35,000 cases of oil and gasoline set on fire.

Robinson block on Hotel Street and Foster building at the corner of Nu`uanu and Marine Streets are completed.


Hawaiian Electric Company organized as a partnership; company headquarters established on King Street.

Pioneer Building and Loan Association established.

$7,439,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $10,259,000.


First football game played in the Islands. Punahou School challenges the Razzle Dazzle sportsclub and wins 6-0.

Oahu College (Punahou School) celebrates its 50th birthday.

Modern recording of tides implemented by the Hawaiian Government Survey with new equipment replacing the tide gauge installed at Honolulu Harbor in 1872.

Antonio Soares ordained at Central Union Church. Persecuted for his Protestant beliefs in his native Portgual, Soares' special task was the care of Protestant Portuguese in the Islands.


Trans-Siberian railway construction begun.

Arthur Conan Doyle writes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Jesse W. Reno invents the escalator.


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