This week in history: April 24-30

This week in history: April 24-30
Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 NFL Draft pick overall
Marcus Mariota is the No. 2 NFL Draft pick overall
Hawaii's Judi Andersen is crowned Miss USA
Hawaii's Judi Andersen is crowned Miss USA
The roof of an Aloha Airlines 737 rips off mid-flight
The roof of an Aloha Airlines 737 rips off mid-flight
Queen Emma dies
Queen Emma dies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Take a look back at some of the big headlines in Hawaii on this week in history.


2001:  Public school teachers ratify new contract; classes to resume for first time in nearly three weeks

2014:  Naeem Williams found guilty

After weeks of testimony, it takes a jury lest than two days to find Naeem Williams guilty in the state's first ever death penalty trial. Williams is on trial for brutally beating his five-year-old daughter every day for months, until she died.


1885:  Queen Emma dies

Queen Emma is the wife of Kamehameha IV and one of the most influential figures in Hawaiian history. She dies on this day at the age of 49.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez, currently in Hawaii for her role on the hit show 'Lost', is arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving on Oahu. She puts on a surprising show in the courtroom and ends up choosing to spend five days in jail over 240 hours of community service.

Football fans across the country are stunned as Round 1 of the NFL Draft concludes without Hawaii's Manti Te'o. The Punahou graduate and Notre Dame linebacker was expected to go very early.


1986:  President Reagan stops in Hawaii on his way to Indonesia and Japan

After getting snubbed in the first round of the NFL Draft, the Laie linebacker finally gets the phone call he'd been preparing for his entire life. Manti Te'o is picked 38th overall by the San Diego Chargers.


Hawaii's Colt Brennan is in the NFL. The quarterback is the only former Warrior drafted this year, going in the sixth round to the Washington Redskins as the 186th pick overall.

2010:  The Advertiser and Bulletin to merge

The merger is official. Hawaii's two largest newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin, announce they will become one paper: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


Aloha Airlines flight 243, en route to Honolulu from Hilo, rips open mid-flight. Flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, 58, is sucked out and dies, but the pilot must continue flying to safety. He travels 25 miles to Maui for an emergency landing. Sixty-one passengers are injured.

Gov. John Waihee appoints U.S. Rep. Daniel Akaka to replace the late Sen. Spark Matsunaga in the United States Senate. Matsunaga had died two weeks earlier at the age of 73.

Just before the midnight deadline, state lawmakers agree to end the controversial gas cap, activated just a few months earlier with a goal of lowering fuel prices for Hawaii consumers.

One of the most prolific writers in Hawaiian music, Dennis Kamakahi, dies at age 61, less than two months after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. The Grammy winner and Hall-of-Famer is credited with composing 500 songs.


1978:  Hawaii's Judi Andersen is crowned Miss USA

Miss Hawaii USA Judy Anderson goes on to compete in the Miss Universe competition and despite scoring the highest among judges, finishes first runner up.

In a surprise last minute vote, the Hawaii House of Representatives passes the controversial civil unions bill with a 31-20 vote just as the legislative session is ending. Bill 444 allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. If it becomes law, Hawaii will be the ninth state in the nation to give marriage rights to same-sex couples.

2015:  Kilauea's lava lake overflows in spectacular fashion

For the first time in about a century, the bubbling lava lake in Halema'uma'u Crater at Kilauea overflows.


2015:  Marcus Mariota is the NFL's No. 2 pick overall

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flubs his name – calling him Marcus Marioto – but it doesn't take the thrill out of the announcement. Hawaii's own Marcus Mariota is the second pick overall, drafted by the Tennesee Titans. The Saint Louis High School graduate and University of Oregon quarterback also has a Heisman trophy to his name.

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