Hawaii in History (Part 2)

Hawaii: Honolulu

Historical Events

  • 1959-03-12 US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood

Historic Event

1959-03-18 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill

  • 1959-07-28 Hawaii's 1st US election sends 1st Asian-Americans to Congress
  • 1959-07-29 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union
  • 1959-08-21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • 1959-08-24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • 1959-11-14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)
  • 1960-05-22 Tsunami generated by a magnitude 9.4-9.6 earthquake in Chile strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM, severely damaging virtually all coastal towns between the 37th and 44th parallels
  • 1960-07-04 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
  • 1961-01-02 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
  • 1961-07-01 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii

#1 in the Charts

1961-12-11 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

  • 1968-09-26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • 1972-08-03 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • 1973-01-14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
  • 1975-11-29 Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii
  • 1978-02-18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • 1979-05-17 Coldest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii - 12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea
  • 1980-10-18 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA
  • 1985-01-22 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • 1989-03-02 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • 1989-03-07 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • 1989-09-30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension
  • 1991-07-11 Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii
  • 1991-09-14 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • 1991-11-06 Keck II, biggest telescope in use at Mauna Kea Hawaii
  • 1992-09-11 Hurricane Iniki hits Kauai Hawaii; 3 die & 8,000 injured
  • 1992-09-12 Hurricane Inuki pounds Hawaii
  • 1995-01-02 Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)
  • 1996-03-22 Cheryl Depew of Florida crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • 1997-02-05 Brook Lee from Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • 1997-04-19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • 1997-04-19 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • 1997-04-20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader

Sports History

2003-10-31 Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii

  • 2004-11-28 Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct
  • 2008-11-23 Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009
  • 2009-02-05 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef

Election of Interest

2016-03-26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska

  • 2017-01-12 Justin Thomas (23) becomes the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round of 59 in the opening round of the Sony Open at Waialae CC in Hawaii; he also wins the tournament
  • 2017-10-31 Judge on Maui, Hawaii orders man to write ex-girlfriend 144 compliments after violating protection order to send 144 nasty text messages
  • 2018-01-13 Early-morning ballistic missile alert sent across Hawaii in error, revoked after 38 minutes
  • 2018-03-22 The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between Hawaii and California has 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and increasing rapidly according to new research
  • 2018-05-03 Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
  • 2018-07-18 Lava from Kilauea volcano eruption has now destroyed 700 homes and added 700 acres to Big Island confirms Hawaii National Guard
  • 2018-10-24 Scientists confirm East Island in Hawaii, half a mile long, has been wiped out after contact with Hurricane Walaka
  • 2018-11-26 Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore is handed her record equalling 7th world title as American contender Lakey Peterson is a shock 2nd round elimination at the season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii
  • 2019-05-11 Carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per million, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • 1978-11-06 Taryn Manning, American actress (Hawaii Five-O), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1978-11-12 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978-12-13 B.J. Penn, American mixed martial artist, born in Kailua, 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

Jason MomoaJason Momoa (43 years old)

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

  • 1979-11-16 Bruce Irons, American surfer, born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1980-01-11 Lovieanne Jung, American softball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1981-04-12 Tulsi Gabbard, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii 2013-) 1st American-Samoan and Hindu member of Congress, born in Leloaloa, American Samoa
  • 1983-03-10 Janet Mock, American writer, TV host and transgender rights activist (Redefining Realness), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1983-10-04 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2014; Washington Nationals), born in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • 1984-01-18 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Bruno MarsBruno Mars (37 years old)

1985-10-08 American pop and R&B singer-songwriter ("Just the Way You Are", "The Lazy Song"; "Uptown Funk"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 1989-06-28 Mark Fischbach [Markiplier], American Youtuber, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Michelle WieMichelle Wie (33 years old)

1989-10-11 American golfer (US Open 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Bethany HamiltonBethany Hamilton (32 years old)

1990-02-08 American pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue, Hawaii


Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths