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Committee of U.S. House of Representatives favors immediate acceptance of Hawai`i into the Union, but Senate thwarts effort.

Hawai`i Air National Guard established with 74 former WWII vets along with inexperienced recruits.

U.S. Supreme Court 6-2 decision declares martial law in Hawai`i unconstitutional and illegal.

Most decorated unit in America's history, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, returns to O`ahu.

Three boxers from the Islands - Robert Takeshita, welterweight; Tsuneshi Maruo, bantamweight; and David Buna, flyweight - capture National AAU titles in Boston.

Oren Long appointed director of public welfare by Governor Stainback.

Maui swimmer Takashi "Halo" Hirose wins Big Ten and NCAA 100-yard freestyle championships swimming for Ohio State University.

University of Hawai`i swimmers win team title at Nationals in San Diego by biggest margin in history.

Thirty-five candidates endorsed by union's Political Action Committee elected to the legislature.


Sugar strike occurs.

SS Matsonia returns to Honolulu with her first post-war civilian passengers.

Trans Pacific Airlines founded; later becomes Aloha Airlines.

Hawai`i Visitors Bureau begins to heavily promote Hawai`i to mainland and abroad.

British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines, forerunner of Qantas and Philippine Airlines, begins trans-Pacific route with stops in Honolulu.

Six thousand Filipino men arrive in the Islands in six shipments, the last major wave of immigration from the Philippines before the national origin system of immigration regulation is abolished in 1965.

Pan-American World Airways resumes civilian operations with a daily schedule between Hawai`i and the mainland.

United Airlines inaugerates flights between San Francisco and Hawai`i.

Hawai`i inherits airports and airport installations from the military, including John Rodgers (Honolulu) Airport, Lyman Field at Hilo and Moloka`i airfield.

Commercial rent controls lifted; many small merchants in downtown Honolulu are squeezed out of their locations by rising costs.

$236,307,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $140,043,000.



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Honolulu hosts 250 journalists and observers traveling on their way to the Bikini atom bomb tests.

First ballpoint pen offered for sale at Liberty House; advertised as the Kimberly "Californian," it goes on sale for $12.50 just before Father's Day.

Artist Jean Charlot begins his teaching career at the University of Hawai`i. Born in Paris, Charlot spent many years in Mexico and was later strongly influenced by Hawaiian language and mythology.


Cannes Film Festival founded.

Dr. Benjamin Spock publishes The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.

Nuremburg trials prosecute Nazi war criminals.


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