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Eleanor Roosevelt tours Hawai`i for several days.

442nd Regimental Combat Team activated. Read More.

Blackout rules ease to allow lights in homes until 10 pm, except for rooms facing the sea.

First night air raid alarm takes place. After 17 minutes, the all clear sounds and authorities announce the approach of "unidentified elements at sea . . . later proved to be friendly."

Waikiki off limits to servicemen due to dengue fever epidemic.

Suspension of writ of habeas corpus ends and most civilian functions return to territorial control.

First annual Around O`ahu Marathon Relay organized with 20-man teams running an 84-mile course.

Norman Tamanaha wins the first Honolulu Marathon.


Damages suffered by O`ahu civilians in connection with the December 7, 1941 attack total $230,000.

Honolulu Plantation Company of Aiea, O`ahu starts operation of first commerical yeast plant in the Islands.

Employment stabilization plan announced by the war manpower commission effectively freezes 85,000 workers in their jobs.

Richard Palmer Smart comes into sole possession of Parker Ranch on the Big Island at age 30. As the second largest ranch in the country, Parker Ranch is comprised of more than 500,000 acres valued at several million dollars.

$180,198,000 worth of imports arrives in Hawai`i from the United States. Total imports equal $185,766,000 while exports stand at $103,391,000.


Penicillin introduced to Hawai`i but is initially restricted to military use. It is made available to the public a year later.

Military Order No. 45 exempts Koreans from enemy alien status.


Jacques Cousteau and Emil Gagnan develop SCUBA: Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

Warsaw Ghetto uprising brutally repressed.

Charles de Gaulle unifies French Resistance.

Jean-Paul Sartre publishes Being and Nothingness.


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