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Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first American president to visit Hawai`i while in office.


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Joseph Poindexter appointed governor by President Franklin Roosevelt.

First official Honolulu traffic code published by the Honolulu Traffic Safety Commission.

Future governor Ingram Stainback appointed U.S. District Attorney for Hawai`i.

Oren Long appointed superintendent of public instruction by Governor Poindexter.

Samuel King elected territorial delegate to Congress.

John Burns begins career in Honolulu Police Department.



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Regular airmail service begins when Inter-Island Airways obtains a federal subsidy for carrying airmail among the Islands. Thereafter, improved airplanes and airports and an unblemished safety record give residents and tourists more confidence in traveling by air.

U.S. Congress passes the Jones-Constigan Act protecting mainland beet and cane production at the expense of foreign and territorial sugar growers like Hawai`i.

Federal legislation guarantees Hawai`i planters continued access to laborers from the Philippines.

Hawaii's first bank robbery takes place at the Pa`ia branch of the Bank of Hawai`i. The robbers take $979.31 and although not masked, one displays a large mustache he had painted on himself with an eyebrow pencil.

Waterfront strike in San Francisco strands many mainland seamen in Hawai`i.

Commercial processing of macadamia nuts begins at Van Tassel's new factory in Kaka`ako at Keawe and Pohukaina Streets.

Hawaiian Pineapple Company Ltd. purchases Haiku Pineapple's assets.

Hawaiian Tourist Bureau and Hawaiian Pineapple Company with its "Dole" trademark appear in Nationally Established Trade-Marks published by the Periodical Publishers Association.

$69,234,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $95,830,000.


Connie Mack's Major League All-Stars beat a hand-picked Hawaiian Baseball League team, 8-1. Babe Ruth hits two doubles and Lou Gehrig hits a home run out of Honolulu Stadium.

Charles Kingsford-Smith and Patrick Gordon Taylor achieve the first eastbound flight from Hawai`i to the mainland.

Civilian Conservation Corps begins seven-year reforestation effort, planting an average of two million trees per year in forest reserves.

Honolulu Community Theatre organized.

First bullfight in Hawai`i presented after a football game. Matador Antoni Matchiquito appears with bulls imported from Mexico.

Waikiki Beach Patrol established to offer visitors ocean sport instruction and surf equipment.


Nylon invented as synthetic replacement for silk.

Droughts turn central states into Dust Bowl.

Bonnie and Clyde ambushed and killed.

George Balanchine founds the American Ballet in New York City.


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