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Governor Burns appoints Benjamin Menor Associate Justice of the Hawai`i Supreme Court; Menor is the first Filipino appointed to a state supreme court anywhere in the United States.

George R. Ariyoshi elected governor, thereby becoming first Japanese-American governor of a U.S. state.

Pete Chaffey organizes Hawaii's first American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) league.

Pentagon decides to close down Army and Air Force Pacific-wide commands located in Hawai'i.

Conditions at state institutions for the mentally ill and mentally retarded publicly attacked by national authorities.


Forty year-old sugar laws expire causing sugar prices to shoot from 11 to 65 cents per pound.

Hawai'i maritime strike exemption bill overwhelmingly voted down by U.S. House of Representatives, leaving the Islands vulnerable to economic damage from disputes fought thousands of miles away.

No-fault auto insurance goes into effect.

Waikiki Biltmore Hotel demolished.

Hawai'i becomes first state to limit sale of gasoline as part of its plan to counter the energy crisis.

ILWU declares sugar strike.

Japanese businessman Kenji Osano pays $104 million to buy the Sheraton Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Maui.


Charles Lindbergh dies at his home in Hana, Maui. As a Hawai'i resident, Lindbergh used his influence to promote conservation and played a key role in preserving 3,000 acres in Kipahulu.

State ends hospitalization for leprosy cases.


Scientists report freon gases released from aerosol spray cans are destroying the earth's ozone layer.

President Nixon resigns.

Post-it notes invented.

Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman in Zaire to regain his world heavyweight boxing title.


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