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This week in history: March 13-19

Amelia Earhart in Hawaii (Image: Matson Navigation Company Archives) Amelia Earhart in Hawaii (Image: Matson Navigation Company Archives)
Eddie Aikau aboard the Hokulea (Image: Quiksilver) Eddie Aikau aboard the Hokulea (Image: Quiksilver)
The Superferry is shut down The Superferry is shut down
NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott in Hawaii (Image: AP) NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott in Hawaii (Image: AP)
President Eisenhower signs the Hawaii Statehood Bill into law President Eisenhower signs the Hawaii Statehood Bill into law
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Take a look back at some of the big headlines in Hawaii on this week in history.

MARCH 14

2006:  Kaloko Dam bursts

The Kaloko Dam on Kauai bursts following weeks of non-stop rain statewide. More than 300 million gallons of water roar from the reservoir. Rescue crews search for hours and through the darkness to find seven people reported missing. Days later it is determined that of the missing, there are no survivors.

MARCH 16

1966:  Astronauts stay in Hawaii following aborted mission

NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott run into trouble while on a three-day mission. Gemini 8 is forced to make an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean. The men, revered as American heroes, spend a day in Hawaii while awaiting transportation back to Cape Kennedy.

2009:  Supreme Court shuts down Superferry

The Superferry sits idle at Honolulu Harbor, stalled by a ruling from the State Supreme Court. The high court had found that the law allowing the ship to sail before an Environmental Impact Study was completed was unconstitutional, prompting the company to immediately cease operations.

2011:  Sion Milosky dies in surfing accident

Beloved Hawaii surfer Sion Milosky, 35, dies at Mavericks. The professional surfer is riding giant, 40-60 foot waves at the legendary surf spot near San Francisco when he gets held under for two waves. His body is later found near the harbor entrance at Half Moon Bay.

MARCH 17

1978: Eddie Aikau dies

The famed waterman dies during Hokulea’s second voyage. The canoe capsizes in rough seas 12 miles from the Hawaiian shore, and Eddie Aikau volunteers to paddle on his surfboard back to land to get help. The 15 other crew members are later rescued, but Eddie is never seen again. He is presumed dead on this day at the age of 31. To this day, he is heralded a hero with the phrase – “Eddie Would Go”.

MARCH 18

1937:  Amelia Earhart completes first leg of around-the-world trip

The first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic is now attempting to fly around the world. Amelia Earhart completes the first leg of her journey – from California to Honolulu – in nearly 16 hours. Her aircraft is severely damaged while trying to takeoff again, forcing her to postpone the worldwide attempt. Months later during Earhart’s second try at circumnavigating the globe, she goes missing. To this day, the aircraft’s complete wreckage has not been found.

1959:  Eisenhower signs legislation admitting Hawaii as a state

President Eisenhower signs the Hawaii Statehood Bill into law at the White House. A statement from the President reads in part, “The citizens of Hawaii will soon decide whether their Islands shall become our fiftieth State. In so doing, they will demonstrate anew to the world the vitality of the principles of freedom and self-determination – the principles upon which this Nation was founded.”

1982:  Contaminated milk ordered off store shelves

Tests show Hawaii milk supplies have abnormally high levels of heptachlor epoxide, an organochlorine pesticide commonly used on pineapples. Milk is pulled from store shelves and from schools as residents scramble to find limited supplies of safe milk. Officials later determine that the pesticide made its way into the milk supply when cows were fed a gruel made in part by pineapple debris.

MARCH 19

1998:  Liberty House files for bankruptcy

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