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Schofield Barracks is established near Wahiawa and grows to be the largest permanent Army post under the American flag.

Sacred Hearts Academy opens.

College of Hawai`i plays its first football game at Alexander field on the Punahou School campus and defeats Mckinley High School.

Hawaii's first marathon held.

Municipality of Honolulu officially established with the inauguration of Mayor Joseph J. Fern and a new Board of Supervisors.


First major plantation strike lasts three months. Organized by Issei (first-generation Japanese), the strike is unsuccessful when management pits other ethnic groups against them.

Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association (HSPA) begins full-scale recruitment of Filipino workers.

Kauai Railway Company operates its cars over 17 miles of track from Port Allen to Koloa.

First Russian immigrants arrive from Harbin to work on plantations.

$21,814,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $40,517,000.

Higher Wages Association formed by pro-labor merchants and journalists in Honolulu. The rejection of their demands by HSPA (Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association) prompts sugar workers to strike.


Northwest Hawaiian Islands designated the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt.

New detention station hospital erected at Kalihi for leprosy patients.

Visiting scientist Thomas Jagger, Jr. suggests Massachusetts Institute of Technology establish an observatory and laboratory at Kilauea to study earthquakes and volcanic phenomena.

Lighthouses established at Kukailimoku Point at Kailua (Hawai'i), Kalawao, Moloka'i, and at Makapu'u Point on O'ahu.

Revival of surfing sweeps into its ranks a former territorial governor and several judges of the Territorial Supreme Court.

New Royal Mausoleum - for which $25,000 was appropriated - nearly completed with only marble finish and final monument left to complete.

First theatre built in Hilo specifically to show moving pictures seats 700.

Permanent lighthouse on Molokai's Kalaupapa peninsula features a Fresnel lens. Placed 213 feet above water, it is the brightest light in the Pacific, visible 21 miles out at sea.


Louis Bleriot flies across the English Channel between England and France.

Commander Robert Peary reaches the North Pole.

Frank Lloyd Wright designs and builds Robie House.

Intrauterine device (IUD) invented.

Ballets Russes perform their first season in Paris.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) founded to fight for civil rights through legal action and education.


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