Honolulu in History

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1906-04-26 Motion pictures begin regular showings at the Orpheum Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 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
  • 1956-10-15 First plane to land safely on water - Pan Am Flight 6 San Francisco to Honolulu, all 24 passengers and 7 crew survive
  • 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

  • 1838-09-02 Liliuokalani [Lydia Kamakaʻeha], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), born in Honolulu, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1917)

Person of interestHiram Bingham

1875-11-19 Hiram Bingham, American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, born in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1956)

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • 1890-08-24 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1912, 20; 4x200m freestyle relay 1920), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1968)
  • 1906-10-15 Hiram Fong, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2004)
  • 1921-12-13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • 1924-09-07 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician (US Senator, 1963-2012), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2012)
  • 1924-09-11 Daniel Akaka, American educator and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2018)
  • 1926-03-03 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1930-08-13 Don Ho [Donald Tai Loy Ho], Chinese-American musician (Tiny Bubbles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2007)
  • 1935-05-07 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1937-05-04 Mr. Fuji [Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara], American professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2016)
  • 1943-09-01 Don Stroud, American actor (Coogan's Bluff, Buddy Holly Story), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestBette Midler

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

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1946-05-03 Norm Chow, American football coach, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1947-06-16 Tom Malone "Bones", American jazz musician, arranger, and producer (SNL; Blues Brothers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1948-09-13 Clyde Kusatsu, American 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, American actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1951-12-29 Yvonne Elliman, American actress & singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1953-03-31 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1957-09-07 Margot Chapman, American singer (Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1959-05-20 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • 1960-07-15 Alexander W Dunlap, astronaut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestBarack Obama

1961-08-04 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat: 2009-17) and first African-American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 1962-10-12 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1962-10-13 Kelly Preston, American actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-08-11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-12-31 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-02-26 Mark Dacascos, American actor & martial artist, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-08-01 Traci Phillips, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-09-14 Kurt Gouveia, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-01-30 Julie McCullough, American actress (Growing Pains) & Playboy playmate (Feb 86) born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-05-19 Maile Flanagan, American actress (Naruto, Lab Rats), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-09-19 Debbye Turner, Miss America (1990) and TV host, 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
  • 1967-03-16 Lauren Graham, American actress and author (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestNicole Kidman

1967-06-20 Nicole Kidman, Australian-American actress (Dead Calm, The Hours), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
  • 1968-01-05 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer & choreographer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1969-10-07 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1970-01-22 Brian Gaskill, American actor (David Michaels-Models Inc, Bob-All My Children), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1970-12-26 James Mercer, American musician (The Shins), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-04-09 Austin Peck, American actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-05-18 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-07-09 Danalee Bragado, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-9th-1995), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-10-17 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-12-28 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-03-15 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-06-13 Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974-02-10 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974-04-14 Mike Allen Lambert, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978-06-29 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978-11-12 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979-05-22 Maggie Q [Margaret Quigley], American actress (Mission Impossible III, Nikita), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979-07-26 Mageina Tovah, American actress (Joan of Arcadia), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestJason Momoa

1979-08-01 Jason Momoa, American actor (Game of Thrones, Aquaman), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 1980-01-11 Lovieanne Jung, American softball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1983-03-10 Janet Mock, American writer, TV host and transgender rights activist (Redefining Realness), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1984-01-18 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestBruno Mars

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

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • 1989-06-28 Mark Fischbach [Markiplier], American Youtuber, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1989-10-11 Michelle Wie, American golfer (US Open 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
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

LoveWedding 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


Person of interestFerdinand Marcos

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
  • 2003-12-12 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), dies at 77