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John Burns elected congressional delegate.

Approximately one in three island marriages is inter-racial.

The Senate Internal Security Committee concludes a week of hearings in Honolulu with a statement that "conspiratorial forces" appear to control the labor movement.

Tommy Kono wins his second straight Olympic title in weighlifting in Melbourne, Australia, setting world and Olympic records in the light-heavyweight division.

Honolulu attorney Masaji Marumoto is first Nisei appointed to the Territorial Supreme Court.


First commercial crop of macadamia nuts harvested.

Total tourists visiting Hawai'i for the year tops 150,000 for the first time. Ten years earlier the total was 15,000.

Hilo Hotel demolished.

Pali Golf Course opens its first nine holes.

Armed Forces spend a record $350,000,000+ in the Islands in one year.

Construction industry outdoes 1955 records by $36 million; more than $122 million in building contracts are awarded during the year, not including a $22 million military housing project.

$429,600,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $287,000,000.


Hawaii's first computer is the IBM 650, installed in the Honolulu offices of Libby, McNeill & Libby.

TV show "Jack London Stories of Captain David Grief" filmed, the first TV series shot in Hawai'i for mainland viewing.

Waikiki Shell opens.

Texas-born University of Hawai'i student Jere Wright chosen Miss Hawai`i, the first mainland-born woman to win the title.


Hydrogen bomb tested at Bikini Atoll.

Sputnik I launched by Soviets, the world's first manmade Earth satellite; one month later, Sputnik II is launched with a live dog aboard.

First pacemaker produced.

Soviet troops invade Hungary.


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