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Minor league professional baseball starts up with Honolulu's team playing in the Pacific Coast League. The Hawai`i Islanders defeat the Vancouver Mounties 4-3 in the first game at Honolulu Stadium.

Keo Nakama, winner of 17 national swimming championships at Ohio State, becomes at age 40 the first man to swim the Moloka'i Channel. He does it in 15 hours, 33 minutes.

Pali highway opens, replacing the narrow, twisting road that had carried travelers across the Ko'olau Mountains since ancient times.

State Land Use Commission created, the first in the nation with authorization to zone an entire state.

Visitors to the Islands include the prime minister of Japan, the new military ruler of the Republic of Korea, Finland's president, Vice President Lyndon Johnson and more than half of President Kennedy's cabinet.

Legislature appropriates $1.4 million to begin the first phase of "Magic Island" off Ala Moana and $1 million to develop land on Sand Island for industrial use.

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company merges with Alexander & Baldwin.

Stockholders of both Oahu Railway & Land Company and Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company approve plans to merge Oahu Railway into Hawaiian Dredging and name the new company Dilllingham Corporation.

Kaiser Teleprompter launched, the first cable television firm.

Revolving restaurant La Ronde opens.

Federation of hotel workers formed.

Businessman Chinn Ho organizes a group of investors to buy the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and becomes the first Asian to be principal owner of a major daily.

Strike against 15 of Hawaii's 26 sugar plantations ends after 12 hours when issues holding up a new two-year contract are resolved.

State's 1961-1962 operating budget is $103.8 million, $10 million more than the previous fiscal year.

$573,600,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $281,700,000.

The two sections of Hawai'i National Park become separate entities: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park; on the same day the National Park Service creates the City of Refuge Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park at Kona. Read More.

Hawai`i Thermal Power Company drills four shallow wells in the Kilauea East Rift Zone, but they are not deep enough to be economically viable.

Blue Hawai`i, Elvis Presley's Island film, premiers.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian brings the girl surfer to the Islands. Deborah Walley stars as Gidget.

Berlin Wall built.

"Freedom Rides" begin through the American South.

Peace Corps established.

Russian air force pilot Uri Gagarin becomes the first person in space.

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