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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl dedicated on the fourth anniversary of V-J Day.

Legislature authorizes a constitutional convention in an effort to create momentum for statehood.

Hawai`i Big Game Fishing Club organizes the Island's first big fishing tournament of the modern era, the Halawai.

Oren Long serves as acting governor during dock strike.


Jack Hall leads a six-month strike by the International Longshoreman's and Warehouseman's Unions. Read More.

Kailua-Kona airport opens.

Scheduled airfreight service begins by Trans-Air Hawaii.

Twenty-lane Kapiolani Bowl opens.

Albert and Wallace Teruya open Times Super Market in McCully. Later, it is the first retail store to install air-conditioning and the first supermarket chain to use Universal Price Code (UPC) scanners.


Total pigeon population on Hawai`i, Lana`i, O`ahu and Moloka`i - reduced by widespread hunting - estimated to be 2,550 birds.

Hawaii's first drive-in theatre, The Drive-In, opens on Kapi`olani Boulevard.

New library building formally opens for Kalihi-Palama branch.


George Orwell writes 1984.

Simone de Beauvoir publishes The Second Sex.

Mao Zedong and the Communist Party win control of China.

Eleven Western nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty forming NATO.


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