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John Henry Wilson re-elected mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.

Hawaii's delegate Joseph Farrington introduces H.R. 49, positioning Hawai`i for statehood.

John Rodgers Airport renamed Honolulu International Airport.

Hawai`i moves its clocks ahead one half hour, establishing Hawai`i Standard time as 10 hours behind Greenwich time and two hours behind Pacific Coast time.

Oren Long serves as acting governor during pineapple workers' strike.


The Dillingham family and their guests take the last train trip over Oahu Railway's tracks. Railway service is replaced by bus and trucking service.

United Airlines starts daily flights from the mainland.

Hawaiian Airlines steps up schedule to provide 50 flights daily between the Islands.

Chinn Ho purchases 9,000 acres in Makaha Valley, the largest land buy by an Asian in Hawai`i.

Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, operating passenger and freight vessels between the Islands since 1883, discontinues passenger service.

Telephone service restored to Asia and other foreign countries silent during the war.

$349,627,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai`i; exports total $236,433,000.

Five-day strike against Maui Pineapple fails.

Amos Ignacio, ILWU leader on Hawai`i island, forms Union of Hawaiian Workers, dedicated to anticommunism.


Queen's Medical Center Outpatient Department opens.

`Iolani Luahine makes her professional debut as a solo dancer.

Jaycee Oldtimers present the first Aloha Week. It runs from October 26 through November 2, "Dedicated to the revival and preservation of Hawaiian customs, traditions and lore."

Territorial legislature creates Hawai`i Aeronautics Commission.

Hawaii's first two-way escalator installed at Sears Roebuck & Company in its Honolulu store.


Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's "color barrier."

Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier.

Carbon-14 used to date organic remains.

India gains independence from England.


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