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Hawaii's first major swimming event, an Amateur Athletic Union sanctioned competition, held at Honolulu Alakea slip. Duke Kahanamoku swims the 100-yard freestyle in 55.4 seconds, a world record the AAU declines to recognize.

College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts renamed the College of Hawaii.

Old Judd homestead at corner of Nu`uanu and Judd Streets, called "Sweet Home" and for years the center of Honolulu's social life, is torn down.

Old "zoo" property at Waialae Road and Kokohead Avenue purchased with intent to build a public school there.

Cornerstone laid for new YMCA at Hotel and Alakea Streets.



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Today's commercial papaya developed from seeds sent from Barbados.

Richards Street wharf - Pier No. 1 - constructed at a cost of $27,882.

Broom factory on Liliha Street produces four grades of broom from imported materials.

$27,116,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $41,938,000.


Hawai`i Volcano Research Association founded by Dr. T.A. Jaggar. Read More.


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First Pan-Pacific Conference organized by Alexander Hume Ford.

Cholera outbreak hits only Hawaiians and is thought to originate from certain taro patches in Manoa.

Hui Nalu surfing club established, catering to Hawaiian surfers.


Last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, overthrown.

Roald Amundsen becomes first person to reach the South Pole.

Peruvian ruins at Machu Picchu discovered.

First film studio built in Hollywood.


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