Honolulu in History

Historical Events

  • 1794-11-21 Honolulu Harbor discovered
  • 1850-08-30 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city
  • 1874-01-13 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
  • 1879-12-31 Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US)
  • 1893-01-13 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1907-04-30 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1922-03-14 KGU-AM in Honolulu HI begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-09-11 Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu
  • 1929-02-10 Bishop Stephen Alencastre dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu

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1935-01-11 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • 1936-04-18 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • 1941-01-25 Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
  • 1946-07-26 Aloha Airlines began service from Honolulu International Airport
  • 1952-12-15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-08-19 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • 1962-07-04 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1962-12-01 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-04-15 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1977-02-25 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • 1982-12-24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-10-15 Hiram Fong, Honolulu U.S. (Sen-R-Hawaii)
  • 1919-05-27 Kam Fong, actor (Hawaii Five-0), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1924-09-07 Daniel K. Inouye, politician (US Senator, 1963-2012), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2012)
  • 1935-05-07 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1943-09-01 Don Stroud, American actor (Coogan's Bluff, Buddy Holly Story), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

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1945-12-01 Bette Midler, actress and singer (Beaches, Wind Beneath my Wings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Bette Midler
  • 1948-09-13 Clyde Kusatsu, actor (Ali-Bring 'em Back Alive), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1949-08-06 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • 1950-01-07 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1953-03-31 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1955-12-12 Lenore Rittenhouse, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1958-01-11 Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores, playmate (Jun, 1982), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1960-07-15 Alexander W Dunlap, astronaut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

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1961-08-04 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 1962-08-01 Traci Phillips, sprint kayak (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1962-10-12 Sid Fernandez, pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1962-10-13 Kelly Preston, actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-08-11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-10-06 Pam Kometani, LPGA golfer (1992 Welch's Classic-27th), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-01-30 Julie McCullough, playmate (Feb 86)/actress (Growing Pains), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1966-04-04 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • 1966-04-07 Teri Ann Linn, actress (Kristen-Bold & Beautiful), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1967-01-02 Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

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1967-06-20 Nicole Kidman, actress (Dead Calm, Far & Away), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
  • 1970-04-01 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-05-18 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-07-09 Danalee Bragado, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-9th-1995), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-01-08 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-03-15 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974-02-02 David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974-04-14 Mike Allen Lambert, volleyball opposite hitter (Oly-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974-11-09 Traci Toguchi, Miss America-Hawaii (1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1976-04-08 Jim Farnum, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1976-06-30 Brian Rocheleleau, kayak (alt-olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1976-10-01 Kona Cormack, playmate (Feb, 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979-08-01 Jason Momoa, Honolulu Hawaiii, American actor (Game of Thrones)

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1985-10-08 Bruno Mars [Peter Gene Hernandez], American singer ("Just the Way You Are", "Grenade"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1900-11-20 Archaeologist Hiram Bingham (25) weds Tiffany heiress Alfreda Mitchell in Honolulu, Hawaii

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-02-24 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 2006-01-28 "The Biggest Loser" TV personality Rasha Spindel weds Edwin Chapman at the Wai'oli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-08-30 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 2012-06-18 R&B singer Bobby Brown (43) weds Alicia Etheridge in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2012-08-09 "Martin" and "Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds St. John's University's basketball assistant coach Rico Hines at Oasis Oceanfront Estate in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2012-08-18 Former "Martin and Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds Rico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

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1989-09-28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos