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First territorial public library opens in Honolulu.

Lucius E. Pinkham appointed governor.

Foundation of the Naval drydock at Pearl Harbor collapses.

First military aircraft arrives by ship.

In Hawaii's first college basketball game, the College of Hawai`i beats McKinley High School at the Honolulu YMCA.

Hawaii's polo team - W.F. Dillingham, Arthur Rice, Harold Castle and Frank Baldwin - win the junior championship in the international tournament held at Coronado, California.


The Underwood Tariff leaves sugar production unprotected and the price of sugar drops.

Work begins on Waihole tunnel project to bring water through Ko'olau range to leeward O'ahu plantation lands.

Kahului railroad extended to Haiku; first freight and passenger trains cross Maliko gulch in February.

$37,520,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $43,472,000.


"Ginaca machine" invented to speedily remove the shell and core of pineapples in canneries.

Licensed automobiles in Hawai'i number 2,235.

First Hollywood movies are made on location, "Hawaiian Love" and "Shark God."

The Hawaiian Star merges with the Evening Bulletin to form the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Syngman Rhee establishes Korean Girls' Seminary in Honolulu at the corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets.

Hawaiian Philatelic Society sponsors first stamp exhibition in the Islands held in the Games Hall of the YMCA.


Ford introduces assembly line production of his Model T.

First reliable zipper designed.

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring provokes a riot.

D.H. Lawrence writes Sons and Lovers.

Grand Central station opens in New York City.


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