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 The Makah are a Native tribe of this region.
 (WSJ, 10/23/97, p.A1)
 The Ephrata Fan of the Channeled Scablands is a fan of sand and rocks deposited by channels of water flowing down a steep-walled chasm of the Columbia River, where now the Grand Coulee Dam spans the river.
 (SFC,12/5/97, p.A15)

15.5 Mil    Southeastern Washington and Oregon were covered by huge lava flows estimated at some 40,000 cubic miles. Some beds were over a mile thick. The weight led to a sag in the earth and the ancient Lake Vantage formed.
    (ST, 7/29/04, NWW p.18)(SSFC, 9/12/04, p.D9)

40,000BP    Mount St. Helens was born and intermittent eruptions continued to about 500 BC.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

15k-13kBCE     During the last Ice Age dams of glacial meltwater repeatedly failed and eroded land in southeastern Washington state and Oregon. This exposed petrified logs in what later became Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. An ice dam, which blocked the Clark Fork River in Montana and created lake Missoula, broke at least 40 times and caused cataclysmic floods. One Missoula flood left Portland under 400 feet of water.   
    (CW, Fall ~ez_lsquo~03, p.20)(SSFC, 9/12/04, p.D9)

7200 BC    A skeleton of about this age was found in July, 1996, by the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wa. It became known as the "Kennewick Man" or "Richland Man." The 9,200 year old bones were later studied and determined to be most closely related to Asian people, particularly the Ainu of northern Japan. It was concluded in 2000 that he was an American Indian. The bones were dated to 7514-7324 BC.
    (SFC, 10/16/99, p.A11)(SFC, 1/14/00, p.A7)(SFC, 9/26/00, p.A5)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.76)

3,600BC    The Osceola mudflow from Mount Ranier covered an area from Rainier to Puget Sound.
    (SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A22)

c1400        The 6 yard deep Electron Mudflow came down from Mount Rainier where the town of Orting was later established.
    (SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A22)

1550        Mount St. Helens began almost nonstop eruptions that continued for a century.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1592        Juan de Fuca, a Greek sailing for Spain, sailed into a strait that later became the border between Canada~ez_rsquo~s Vancouver Island, BC, and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. The waterway was later named the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
    (NG, 7/04, p.66)

1700        Jan 26, A magnitude 9.0 earthquake shook Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Colombia. It triggered tsunami that damages villages in Japan.
    (AP, 2/27/10)

1778        Mar 22, Captain Cook sighted Cape Flattery in Washington state.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1788        A sea captain named Mount Olympus (7,965-ft.).
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.C6)

1792        May 7, Capt. Robert Gray discovered Gray's  Harbor in Washington state.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1792        May 8, British Capt. George Vancouver sighted and named Mt. Rainier, Wash.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

1792        May 11, The Columbia River was discovered and named by Captain Robert Gray.
    (HN, 5/11/98)(MC, 5/11/02)

1792        Jun 4, Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
    (HN, 6/4/98)

1805        Nov 7, Lewis and Clark vamped opposite Pillar Rock, between Brookfield and Dahlia, Washington, west of Jim Crow Point, in the estuary of the Columbia River.
    (http://lewisandclarktrail.com/section2/ndcities/timeline1805.htm)

1805        Nov 15, Captain Meriwether Lewis and four men of the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean near what is now Seaview, Washington. On November 18, Captain Clark and eleven men left Station Camp for their turn to view the Pacific Ocean.
    (http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/pacific_ocean.html)

1807        The Congressional Cemetery near Capital Hill was established.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.A1)

1811        Apr 12, First U.S. colonists on Pacific coast arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
    (HN, 4/12/98)(MC, 4/12/02)

1825        The Hudson~ez_rsquo~s Bay Company planted grapes at Fort Vancouver (Washington State).
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.37)

1834        A crippled Hojun-maru junk, blown off course with 3 Japanese castaways, washed ashore on Cape Flattery in Washington state. Makah Indians seized the cargo, enslaved the sailors and then sold them to the Hudson~ez_rsquo~s Bay Company.
    (Econ, 12/22/07, p.64)

1842        Nov 22, Mount St Helen's in Washington state erupted. Mount St. Helens began 15 years of intermittent eruptions and then became relatively quiet for 123 years.
    (MC, 11/22/01)(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1843        Nov 13, Mt. Rainier in Washington State erupted.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1846        Jun 15, The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest at the 49th parallel. Great Britain and the U.S. agreed on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory. President Polk agreed to a compromise border along the 49th parallel. The debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The campaign slogan "54-40 or fight" referred to the debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The slogan "54-40 or fight" refers to the north latitude degree and minute where many Americans wanted to place the border between the U.S. and then Great Britain in the Pacific Northwest.
    (AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A3)(HNQ, 3/28/00)
1846        Jun 15, Washington diplomats established a straight line border between the US and Canada in the northwest and thus established Point Roberts, Wa. as the westernmost corner of the US. The enclave is 4.9 sq. miles.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-6)

1846-1859    Ownership of the San Juan Islands was not settled in the 1846 Oregon Treaty. The Pig War of 1859 forced an arbitration under Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany. Six Royal Marines and 16 US soldiers died during the 13-year occupation from drownings, disease and suicides.
    (SFEC, 6/18/00, p.T8)

1847        Nov 29, A small group of Cayuse Indians assaulted the Whitman Mission, Walla Walla, Washington, at the time sheltering 74 people, most of them emigrants. The attackers killed 13 people, including Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. It temporarily ended Protestant missionary efforts in the Oregon country. The Whitman Creek massacre set off the Cayuse War (1848).
    (www.legendsofamerica.com/wa-whitmanmassacre.html)

1850s        Port Townsend was founded.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.C9)

1851        Andrew Jackson Pope and Frederic Talbot of Maine built their 1st sawmill on Puget Sound, Wa. Pope & Talbot were soon shipping lumber around the world.
    (Ind, 6/7/03, p.5A)

1853        Mar 2, The Territory of Washington was organized after separating from Oregon Territory. Pres. Franklin Pierce appointed Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-1862) as the first governor of the Washington Territory. Stevens served as US Congressman from the territory (1857-1858), and as a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He died at the Battle of Chantilly.
    (HN, 3/2/99)(SC, 3/2/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Stevens)

1853        Nov 28, Olympia was established as capital of the Washington Territory.
    (DT internet 11/28/97)

1855        The US government signed a treaty with some American Indians that gave them permanent rights to their existing lands. The Makah tribe of Washington secured a right to hunt whales in exchange for ceding title to their land. In 1972 the Marine Mammals Protection Act prohibited the slaughter of whales without a permit.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, Par. p.5)(SFC,10/24/97, p.A9)(SSFC, 7/13/08, p.E4)
1855        Nez Perce elders agreed to sell most of their land to the US government. They retained some 10 thousand square miles as a reservation in the area where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet. Gold was soon discovered in the area and in 1863 the US government called for a new deal.
    (ON, 3/04, p.1)

1857        The New Dungeness Light Station was built at the end of the Dungeness Spit in Dungeness Bay, Washington state.
    (SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G8)

1858        Feb 19, Leschi, a Nisqually American Indian leader from the Puget Sound region, was hanged a mile east of Fort Steilacoom. On June 10, 1857, he had been convicted of the murder of Abrams Moses, and was sentenced to hang. Appeals to the Supreme Court delayed the initial hanging. In 2004 seven judges at a Historical Court of Inquiry and Justice unanimously decided that regardless of who shot Moses, ~ez_ldquo~The killing was a legitimate act of war, immune from prosecution.~ez_rdquo~ Consequently, Leschi was declared ~ez_ldquo~exonerated~ez_rdquo~ of Abrams Moses~ez_rsquo~ murder.  In 2011 Richard Kluger authored ~ez_ldquo~The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America.~ez_rdquo~
    (http://forejustice.org/wc/chief_leschi/chief_leschi.htm)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.G1)

1859        Aug 3, U.S. Army captain George Edward Pickett faced the British in the Pacific Northwest. Pickett had served with valor in the Mexican War right after his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he had subsequently seen duty at several frontier posts. On August 3, 1859, the man whose name would be forever linked to the most famous of all Civil War charges was the American commander on the scene as the United States and Great Britain again stood on the brink of war in the San Juan Islands Pig War.
    (HNQ, 2/4/01)

1859        Lyman Cutlar, an American farmer, shot and killed a Berkshire boar uprooting his potato patch and the British threatened to put him into irons. The Pig War on San Juan Island forced an arbitration under Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, who awarded the San Juan islands off Washington state to the US. Six Royal Marines and 16 US soldiers died during the 13-year occupation from drownings, disease and suicides.
    (SFEC, 6/18/00, p.T8)

1860        St. Paul~ez_rsquo~s Episcopal Church was built in Port Townsend.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.C9)

1863        The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was founded.
    (WSJ, 3/3/00, p.B1)

1865-1890    Wars against the native American Indians were fought during this period in the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 Peter Cozzens edited: ~ez_ldquo~Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890: The Wars for the Pacific Northwest.~ez_rdquo~
    (AH, 6/03, p.62)

1866        Pres. Andrew Johnson signed an executive order that removed the Shoalwater Bay Indians in Washington state from their villages and onto a 1-sq. mile reservation. By 2000 erosion took away over half the tribal land and miscarriages stood at 4 times the expected rate.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.A8)

1867        In Washington state Croatian immigrants founded the area that came to be known as Gig Harbor after Captain Charles Wilkes brought in his small boat there for safety from a storm.
    (SSFC, 9/2/07, p.D8)

1869        The fishing port of La Conner was founded on the Swinomish Channel in Washington~ez_rsquo~s Skagit Valley.
    (SSFC, 3/27/05, p.F8)

1870        Aug 17, The 1st ascent of Mt. Rainier in Washington state.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1875        Nov 4, "Pacific" collided with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash., and 236 people died.
    (MC, 11/4/01)

1885        Nov 3, Tacoma, Wa., vigilantes drove out Chinese residents and burned their homes and businesses.
    (MC, 11/3/01)

1885        Joseph O~ez_rsquo~Neil, US Army lieutenant, spent a month ascending from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains of Washington state.
    (NG, 7/04, p.66)

1885        Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce were allowed to take up residence on the Colville reservation in northern Washington.
    (ON, 3/04, p.5)

1886        Feb 9, President Cleveland declared a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1889        Feb 22, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union. The "omnibus bill" was an act dividing the Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota, and enabling the two Dakotas to formulate constitutions. A constitutional convention was held at Bismarck beginning July 4, 1889. A constitution was formulated and submitted to a vote of the people of the State of North Dakota on October 1, 1889, and was adopted.
    (AP, 2/22/99)(www.court.state.nd.us/court/history/dakotaterritory.htm)

1889        Jul 4, Washington state constitutional convention held 1st meeting.
    (Maggio, 98)

1889        Nov 11, Washington became the 42nd state of the US.
    (HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 11/11/97)

1889        Seattle, Wa., burned to the ground.
    (WSJ, 9/19/95, p.A-1)(ST, 5/20/04, p.A1)

1889        Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., was founded. During the economic crises in 2008 it became the largest ever US bank to fail.
    (AP, 9/26/08)

1890        The Snoqualmie Depot was built by several rail companies.
    (ST, 5/20/04, NWW p.7)

1891        The Gaches Mansion was built in the fishing port of La Conner in Skagit Valley, Washington. It later became home to the Northwest~ez_rsquo~s only quilt museum.
    (SSFC, 3/27/05, p.F8)

1893        Jan 6, Great Northern Railway connected Seattle with east coast.
    (MC, 1/6/02)

1896        The Seattle Times was founded.
    (WSJ, 3/3/00, p.B1)

1897        Jul 15, The gold-laden ship Excelsior from Alaska landed in San Francisco. Seattle mayor W.D. Wood was visiting and immediately resigned his job, hired a ship, and organized an expedition from SF to the Yukon territory.
    (WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A20)

1897        Jul 17, The Steamer Portland arrived into Seattle from Alaska with 68 prospectors carrying more than a ton of gold. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that men with gold from Alaska were landing. This unleashed the Klondike gold rush and tens of thousands headed for the Yukon. The Klondike gold rush gave America and Canada a psychological boost in getting the economy moving again after the terrible depression that followed the 1893 crash.
    (CFA, ~ez_lsquo~96, p.88)(Hem., 7/95, p.79)(CFA, ~ez_lsquo~96, p.89)(WSJ, 5/1/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A20)

1897        Pres. Grover Cleveland established a forest reserve in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with sharp restrictions on commercial logging. 3 years later McKinley remanded a third of the reserve back to open logging.
    (NG, 7/04, p.66)

1899        Mar 2, Congress established Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, the nation's 5th national park.
    (AP, 3/2/98)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A6)

1899        The Anne Starrett Mansion was built in Port Townsend.
    (SSFC, 11/25/01, p.C9)

1900        Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) Seattle-based photographer, accompanied ethnographer George bird Grinnell to a reservation Montana took photographs of Blood, Blackfeet and Algonquin Indians gathered there for their annual sun dance. In 1906 he announced plans for 20-volume work documenting Western Indians, The North American Indian. His first volume was published in 1907. The last two volumes appeared in 1930.
    (ON, 6/12, p.9)(http://curtis.library.northwestern.edu/curtis/timeline.html)

1900        Frederick Weyerhaeuser, a German immigrant, and 15 partners purchased 900,000 acres of land from a railway company in Washington state.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.30)

1902        Sep 12, The Yacolt Fire burned 238,000 acres in Oregon and Washington and killed 38 people.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)

1903        May 3, Bing Crosby (d.1977), singer and actor, was born in Tacoma, Wa. The family soon moved to Spokane where he grew up.
    (HN, 5/3/98)(SSFC, 1/21/01, BR p.10)

1904        Sep 21, Exiled Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph died in Washington state reportedly of a "broken heart." In 1984 ~ez_ldquo~Chief Joseph~ez_rsquo~s Own Story~ez_rdquo~ was published.
    (HN, 9/21/98)(SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)

1907        Jun 27, John McIntire, actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), was born in Spokane, Wash.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1907        Aug 28, Two Seattle teenagers began a telephone message service that grew to become the United Parcel Service (UPS). Jim Casey (19) and Claude Ryan founded the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Wash. In 1913 the company merged with Evert McCabe and formed Merchants Parcel Delivery. In 1919 the company expanded beyond Seattle and changed their name to United Parcel Service (UPS).
    (SFC, 7/22/99, p.B1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Parcel_Service)

1907        Mt. Rainier National Park became the first national park opened to car traffic and attendance soared.
    (SFC, 8/14/99, p.A6)

1907        Sam Hill, railroad magnate, purchased 6,000 acres along the Columbia River with plans for a Quaker community. He called the area Maryhill after his daughter and established a museum there.
    (AM, 9/01, p.10)(AH, 6/02, p.14)

1908        May 23, Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, Washington.
    (HN, 5/23/98)

1909        Jun 1, Pres. William Howard Taft touched a key in Washington, DC, sending a signal to Seattle, opening the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Expo at the Seattle World~ez_rsquo~s Fair, as well as a signal to NYC initialing the New York to Seattle Automobile Race.
    (AH, 6/03, p.18)
1909        Jun 1, Guido Deiro, European vaudeville star, introduced the "fizarmonica systema piano" at the Alaskan Exposition in Seattle, Washington. He was contracted by the Ranco Antonio Accordion Company of Italy and is credited with naming the instrument " piano accordion." His brother Pietro Deiro was the first to play the accordion in San Francisco.
    (www.guidodeiro.com)

1909        Jun 23, A Ford Model T crossed the finish line in the NYC to Seattle Automobile Race after 22 days and 55 minutes to claim the Guggenheim Cup and a $2,000 first prize. A Shamut came in 17 hours later to win the 2nd-place prize of $1500. An Acme car came in on June 29 to claim a $1000 3rd prize. The Ford was later disqualified for having switched engines enroute.
    (AH, 6/03, p.23)

1909        The Pergola in Pioneer Square was built as a cable car stop. It was destroyed by a truck in 2001.
    (SFC, 1/16/01, p.C2)
1909        California became its own Jesuit province becoming fully independent from Turin. The Province boundaries expanded to encompass all of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)(www.jesuitscalifornia.org/Page.aspx?pid=272)

1910        Mar 1, An avalanche at Wellington, Wa., pushed two Great Northern trains carrying 96 people over a ledge at Stevens Pass.
    (SSFC, 3/1/09, p.C10)

1910        Jun 19, Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, has been credited with the concept for Father's Day. Dodd sought a way to honor her own father, who had raised her as a single parent. In 1924 the holiday was approved by President Calvin Coolidge and, in 1972, President Richard Nixon officially recognized the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. An earlier observance of Father's Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. The special day was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier, on December 6, 1907.
    (AP, 6/19/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day)

1910        The 15-story US Bank Building was constructed in Spokane.
    (SFC, 11/29/01, p.E1)

1910        Nils August Johanson founded Swedish Hospital in Seattle. His daughter, Katherine, married Elmer Nordstrom in 1934 and helped build the Nordstrom apparel chain.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.C15)

1910        In Seattle, Wa., a site on the banks of Puget Sound was developed as a fuel storage facility. In the 1990s it was cleaned up and then transformed into the 8˝ acre Olympic Sculpture Park.
    (SSFC, 3/25/07, p.G1)

1910        In Washington state Axel Uddenberg opened Gig Harbor~ez_rsquo~s first general store. In the 1960s it served as a dance and music hall. In 1973 Peter Stanley bought the place and turned it into the Tides Tavern.
    (SSFC, 9/2/07, p.D8)

1911        In Tacoma, Wa., Frank C. Mars began his candy company with a circle of chocolate covered with a crunchy coating. It was modeled after a British confection. His son, Forrest, created M&Ms in 1940.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A21)

1912        Mar 27, The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.
    (HN, 3/27/98)

1912        Chuck Jones (d.2002), cartoon animator, was born in Spokane.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A2)
1912        In Tacoma, Washington, the Tudor-Gothic Thornewood Castle was completed using 500-year-old bricks from Wales. It was built to the specifications of Mr. Chester Thorne, one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma as a gift for his bride, Anna. It was later converted to a bed and breakfast hotel.
    (SSFC, 9/22/13, p.M2)(www.thornewoodcastle.com/history.htm)

1913        Apr 7, The suffragists' marched to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. By the second decade of the 20th century, woman suffrage--women's right to vote--had become an issue of national importance in America. The growth in the numbers of American working women and the valuable contributions women made in war production during World War I further increased the suffragists' support. On August 20, 1919, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
    (HNPD, 4/7/99)

1913        Philip H. Abelson (d.2004), nuclear physicist, was born in Tacoma, Wa. In 1940 he and  Edwin McMillan discovered Neptunium, element No. 93.
    (NH, 7/02, p.36)(SFC, 8/9/04, p.B6)
1913        In Washington state the 105-foot Elwha Dam came on line. In 2011 it became part of a $324.7 million, 3-year dam-removal project.
    (SFC, 5/30/11, p.A7)

1914        Feb 9, Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper, was born in Seattle Wash.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1916        Jul 15, The Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products, was founded in Seattle by William Boeing.
    (AP, 7/15/97)

1916        The National Park Inn was built in Longmire, Washington, as the first headquarters for Mount Rainier National Park.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.G9)

1917        Mar 27, The Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
    (AP, 3/27/97)

1917        The Paradise Inn was built in Washington state~ez_rsquo~s Mount Rainier National Park. In 2006 it was closed for renovation.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.G9)

1917        The Church of Christ, Scientist, was built in Yakima, Washington. In 2005 it re-opened as a non-profit music hall called The Seasons.
    (WSJ, 8/30/06, p.D8)

1919        Feb 6, The 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike, the first general strike in America, took effect. During this period Washington was a center for the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies." Their agitation led to the Centralia massacre and the Everett massacre.
    (WSJ, 12/3/99, p.A14)(MC, 2/6/02)

1919        Mar 3, Boeing flew the first U.S. international airmail from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Wash.
    (HN, 3/3/99)

1920        Mar 14, Hank Ketchum, cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), was born in Seattle, Wa.
    (MC, 3/14/02)(http://www.askart.com/Biography.asp)

1921        Jan 29, A hurricane hit Washington and Oregon.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1921        May 29, James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), was born in Spokane, WA.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1921            Sep 5, Roy Gardner (1886-1940), train and mail robber, made his escape from McNeil Island in Washington state during an inmate baseball game. He was probably the first and only man to escape from the Island, which led the US Government to build another "escape proof" federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
    (www.cybersleuths.com/billkelly/bkbonuschap1.htm)

1921        The Hearst Corp. acquired the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)

1924        Sep 28, Two US Army planes landed in Seattle, Wash., having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days. Three U.S. Army aircraft arrived in Seattle, Washington, after completing a 22 day round-the-world flight.
    (AP, 9/28/97)(HN, 9/28/98)

1925        May 14, Patrice Munsel, soprano (Met Opera, Patrice Munsel Show), was born in Spokane, Wash.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1926        Queen Marie of Romania spoke at the dedication ceremony of the unfinished Maryhill Museum in Washington state. Sam Hill, railroad magnate, built a replica of Stonehenge as a monument to Klickitat County soldiers who lost their lives in the World War on the premises. His nearby mansion later became the Maryhill Museum of Art.
    (AM, 9/01, p.10)

1927        In Washington state the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River came on line.  Fish passage facilities were required, but none were ever built. In 2011 it became part of a $324.7 million, 3-year dam-removal project.
    (SFC, 5/30/11, p.A7)

1928        The capitol building in Olympia was completed.
    (SSFC, 3/4/01, p.E1)

1930s        Boeing~ez_rsquo~s P-26 Peashooter, built in the 1930s, was the United States` first single-wing, all-metal fighter. Boeing~ez_rsquo~s P-26 was a milestone in three respects. It was the first U.S. Army Air Corps fighter to incorporate several important design features that would become standard on aircraft subsequently used in World War II. To placate conservative elements in the Air Corps, however, the P-26`s designers were constrained to include several anachronistic features in the airplane that hampered its development potential. The Peashooter was also to be the last fighter aircraft mass-produced by Boeing before the company went on to bigger things.
    (HNQ, 6/12/01)

1931        Oct 4, Aerial circus star Clyde Pangborn and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr. set off in Miss Veedol to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Sabishiro Beach in Misawa City, Japan. A young boy gave Panghorn 5 apples from Misawa City.
    (ON, 1/03, p.10)(www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7495)

1931        Oct 5, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr. belly landed Miss Veedol, a Bellanca CH-200 monoplane, in Wenatchee, Wa., to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. They won a $25,000 prize from the Japanese Ashi Shimbun newspaper. Panghorn sent apple cuttings from Wenatchee's Richard Delicious apples to Japan which were soon distributed across Japan.
    (ON, 1/03, p.10)(www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7495)

1931        Sam Hill, railroad magnate, died. His Maryhill Museum was dedicated on his birthday in 1940.
    (AM, 9/01, p.10)(AH, 6/02, p.14)

1933        Dec, Excavation began for the Grand Coulee Dam in Central Washington. The Columbia River dam was completed in 1941. In 1954 Murray Morgan (1916-2000) authored ~ez_ldquo~The Dam,~ez_rdquo~ a historical overview of the dam.
    (www.users.owt.com/chubbard/gcdam/)

1934        Jul 29, The West Coast longshoremen~ez_rsquo~s strike came to an end on its 82nd day when the dock workers~ez_rsquo~ leaders accepted conditions proposed by the National Longshoremen~ez_rsquo~s board, pending arbitration. Men returned to work on July 31.
    (SSFC, 7/26/09, DB p.42)(www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/STRIKES!/exh.html)

1935        July 4, The re-designed Peralta ferry from SF Bay was launched by Captain Alexander Peabody, head of the Black Ball Line. He had the ship streamlined and sheathed in aluminum. A curved lunch counter, Art Deco bar and dance floor was added and the ship was renamed the Kalakala, "Flying Bird." The ship was retired in 1967 and sold to an Alaskan firm which used it as a floating crab processing plant. In 1998 it was returned to Seattle by Peter Bevis and slated for refurbishing by the Kalakala Foundation.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A24)

1936        Jun 21, Pan Am and Boeing signed a $3 million contract for 6 Model 314 aircraft, the largest ever built in the US.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.38)

1937        Pres. Roosevelt paid a visit to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Some 3 thousand school children gathered to urge him establish Olympic National Park.
    (NG, 7/04, p.70)

1938        May 26, William Bolcom, American composer, was born in Seattle. Washington. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano. In the fall of 1994, he was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bolcom)

1938        Jun 29, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, were founded.
    (HN, 6/29/01)

1938        Dec 29, Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, began.
    (MC, 12/29/01)

1938        Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) was founded as a basement co-op by Seattle area mountain-climbing buddies. It was based in Kent, Wa. By 2006 it had 82 stores and cleared $1 billion in 2005 sales.
    (SFC, 2/11/03, p.B1)(SSFC, 3/26/06, p.C5)
1938        Construction began on the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state. This put a stop to salmon migration up the Columbia River.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.42)

1939        Mar 3, Eleanor Roosevelt christened Pan Am's new Boeing built Yankee Clipper.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.38)

1939        May 1, Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), was born in Seattle, Wash.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Collins)

1940        May 13, The completed Maryhill Museum opened on founder Sam Hill~ez_rsquo~s (d.1931), birthday. Much of the art collection was donated by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the California sugar magnate.
    (AM, 9/01, p.10)

1940        Jul 1, The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state opened to the public. The initial design by Clark Eldridge had been redesigned by NYC consultant Leo Moisseiff, who replaced a 25-foot deep stiffening truss with an 8-foot truss to reduce costs.
    (ON, 6/09, p.8)

1940        Jul 2, The Lake Washington Floating bridge in Seattle was dedicated.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1940        Nov 7, The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," collapsed during a windstorm. In 1950 a new fortified bridge was built on the original piers.
    (AP, 11/7/08)(ON, 6/09, p.9)

1941        Mar 22, The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.
    (AP, 3/22/01)

1942        Nov 27, Jimi Hendrix, rock musician famous for "All Along the Watch Tower" and "Foxy Lady," was born in Seattle, Wa.
    (HN, 11/27/98)(SFC, 11/28/02, p.E13)

1943        The Hanford nuclear reservation was constructed for the Manhattan Project. Hanford made plutonium until the 1980s.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A7)

1943        Harold LeMay (d.2000 at 81) founded his Pierce County Refuse Co. and built it into Lemay Enterprises, the 10th largest trash removal company in the country. He went on to collect some 2,400 vintage automobiles.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)

1944        Aug 14, In Seattle, Wa., a riot took place at Fort Lawton, following a scuffle between  an Italian prisoner and a black soldier. POW Guglielmo Olivotto was found hanged the next day. In an ensuing trial 28 men were convicted. In 2005 Jack Hamann and his wife Leslie authored ~ez_ldquo~On American Soil,~ez_ldquo~ which covered the riot and the subsequent events. The convictions of the soldiers were overturned based largely on shortcomings in the prosecution described in the book.
    (SFC, 7/28/08, p.A4)(www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7378)

1944-1972    Radioactive releases from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were the heaviest over this period. The releases were only acknowledged in 1987.
    (SFEC, 4/27/97, p.A18)

1947        Jun 24, Flying saucers were "sighted" over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1948        Jan 7, Kenny Loggins, singer (& Messina-This is it, Footloose), was born in Everett, WA.
    (MC, 1/7/02)

1948        Clara Fraser (d.1998 at 74), led a strike against Boeing and pressured the union to represent women and minorities. After the strike she was blacklisted and hounded from job to job by the FBI.
    (SFC, 4/15/98, p.C3)

1949        Ray Charles made his debut recording of "Confession Blues" in Seattle.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.E9)

1950        Luke Williams (d.2004) and his brother Chuck invented a time-temperature sign that later became common on office buildings throughout the world. The 1st one was placed on a bank in downtown Spokane, Wa. In 1951 they formed American Sign and Indicator.
    (ST, 4/6/04, p.B5)

1949        A 7.1 slab earthquake hit beneath Olympia, Wa. It was the most damaging trembler of the century but few lives were lost.
    (SFC, 1/18/01, p.A15)

1950        Aug 14, Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), was born in Tacoma, Washington.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Larson)

1950        Oct 14, In Washington state westbound traffic opened on the new fortified bridge over the Tacoma Narrows. The new design was approved after a model passed wind tunnel tests designed by engineering Prof. Frederick Burt Farquharson.
    (ON, 6/09, p.8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge)

1950        Edwin O. Guthman (1919-2008) received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his stories in the Seattle Times on the Washington legislature~ez_rsquo~s Un-American Activities Committee.
    (SFC, 9/2/08, p.B3)

1951        Jul 18, Pope Pius XII established the Archdiocese of Seattle and named Rev. Thomas A. Connolly as its 1st archbishop.
    (SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.6)

1952         Mar 14, An operator accidentally opened an outlet tube gate valve at the Grand Coulee Dam. Water entered the powerhouses and the dam was seriously threatened. Dam operators managed to shut off the water and saved the dam.
    (www.users.owt.com/chubbard/gcdam/)

1953        Jul 22, The Theodore Hamm Brewing Co. of St. Paul, Minn., purchased the Rainier Brewing Co. at 1550 Bryant St., SF, for $1,809,937. The trade name had already been sold to Sick Brewery Enterprises of Seattle.
    (SFC, 7/18/03, p.E5)

1955        Mar 31, US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, closed.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1957        Mar 20, In Washington state the Dalles Dam pushed back the Columbia River to reap the benefits of hydroelectric power. In six hours the islands of Celilo Falls were gone forever beneath a mockingly tranquil reservoir pool.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

1957        Reporters William Lambert (d.1998 at 78) and Wallace Turner won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for their series on Dave Beck, the president of the Int~ez_rsquo~l. Brotherhood of Teamsters. They exposed that Teamsters and racketeers had combined forces to take over the Portland City government. The articles in the Oregonian were later used by Robert Kennedy for his probe on the Teamsters.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A22)

1958        Sep, A Navy plane crashed during a training mission in Washington~ez_rsquo~s Puget Sound. The plane carried an unarmed nuclear weapon that was never found.
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, Par p.22)

1961        Jan 17, US Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Canada~ez_rsquo~s PM John Diefenbaker signed a treaty to jointly control the Columbia River. The treaty was implemented in 1964.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Treaty)

1961        May 22, The 1st revolving restaurant, Top of The Needle in Seattle, opened.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1962        A World~ez_rsquo~s Fair opened in Seattle under the theme "Century 21." The fair featured a 0ne-mile monorail between downtown and the City Center.
    (SFEC,12/797, p.A9)

1962        The Columbia Winery in Woodinville was founded. It is the oldest winery in the state.
    (SFEC, 1/10/99, p.T3)

1962        Monte Holm, a former hobo, opened his House of Poverty Museum in Moses Lake. In 1999 he published the autobiography "Once a Hobo~ez_hellip~" with Dennis L. Clay.
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A3,5)

1963        Feb 9, 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1963        Aug 28, Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opened.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1963        William L. Dwyer, Seattle trial lawyer, defended John Goldmark from accusations of being a Communist. Dwyer later authored "The Goldmark Case: An American Liber Trial."
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.B6)

1963        L.M. Boyd began a column of odds and ends for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It was picked up by the SF Chronicle in 1968 and called "The Grab Bag." Boyd retired at the end of 2000 after 40 years of writing.
    (SFC, 12/30/00, p.D3)

1964        Bill Kirschner (1918-2006), Washington state manufacturer of fiberglass products, began producing the first fiberglass skis.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.B5)

1965        Apr 29, Seattle experienced an earthquake. 7 people were killed and damage was estimated at $12.5 million.
    (http://neic.usgs.gov)

1966-1984    Henry Holt (d.1997 at 63) served as the director of the Seattle Opera.
    (SFC, 10/7/97, p.A23)

1967        Feb 20, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana grunge band musician, was born in Aberdeen, Washington. He was found dead at his Lake Washington home on April 8, 1994, of suicide committed about April 5.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Cobain)

1967        Apr 9, The 1st Boeing 737-100 made its maiden flight.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_737)

1968        Sep 30, The 1st Boeing 747 was rolled out of the Everett, Wa., assembly building.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_747)

1968        Oct 2, Pres. Johnson signed a bill establishing Washington state~ez_rsquo~s North Cascades National Park.
    (SSFC, 7/18/04, p.D7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Cascades_National_Park)
1968        Oct 2, The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, spanning Mexico to Canada, was designated a National Scenic Trail as part of the US National Trails System Act.
    {USA, California, Oregon, Washington}
    (SFC, 7/16/08, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail)

1969        Feb 9, The Boeing 747, the world's largest airplane, made its 1st commercial flight.
    (www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/pf/pf_milestones.html)

1969        Jul 25, Some 70,000 attended the Seattle Pop Festival. The music festival, organized by Boyd Grafmyrem, was held at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington, from July 25 to July 28, 1969.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Pop_Festival)

1969        A government clerk in the Bureau of Indian Affairs dropped the Samish Indian nation from the list of recognized tribes. In 2002 the tribe, native to the San Juan Islands and western Skagit County of Washington state, sued for recognition and damages.
    (SFC, 10/18/02, p.J8)

1970        Jan 17, Silas Trim Bissell (d.2002) and his wife Judith, Weathermen underground members, set a homemade bomb under the steps of the ROTC building at Washington State Univ. It failed to go off and both were caught. Bissel went underground but was caught and served 17 months in Lompoc (1987-1988).
    (SFC, 6/24/02, p.B6)

1970        The Seattle Pilots baseball team after one season moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.B1)
1970        Jacob Lawrence (d.2000 at 82), painter of the African-American experience, became an art professor at the Univ. of Washington.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A23)
1970        Washington became the first state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote.
    (AP, 3/24/13)

1971        Jul 1, The state of Washington became the 1st US state to ban sex discrimination.
    (http://amiannoying.com/(S(01543u55fxileom1lbr04z2u))/view.aspx?ID=6957)

1971        Nov 24, On Thanksgiving eve DB Cooper boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Or., and demanded $200,000 with the threat of a bomb. He parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with the money over the Cascade Mountains near Ariel, Wash., and was never seen again. FBI agent  Ralph Himmelsbach wrote the book NORJAK that described the case. A packet containing $5,880 of the ransom money was found in 1980 on the north shore of the Columbia River, just west of the Washington city of Vancouver. In 2011 evidence was presented that Lynn Doyle Cooper (d.1999) of Oregon, a Korean war veteran, was the hijacker.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 11/24/97)(SFC, 8/4/11, p.A8)

1971        The Washington Senators, a baseball expansion team, came to the nation~ez_rsquo~s capital. After the 1971 season, those Senators moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers. In the 30 years since then, Washington, D.C., has not had the Senators or any other Major League baseball team.
    (HNQ, 6/29/01)

1971        Starbucks began in Seattle as a single coffee shop. Gordon Bowker, Zev Siegl and Jerry Baldwin, former students of the Univ. of SF, opened Starbuck's Coffee, Tea and Spice with coffee supplied from Peet's Coffee in Berkeley. Howard Schultz, a marketing director hired in 1982, later published "Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time." Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987. The company went public in 1992. By 1996 there were 1,115 stores. By 2006 there were 10,500 locations around the world.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.C6)(SFEM, 8/1/99, p.8)(Econ, 2/25/06, p.72)

1972        Nov 2, In Seattle, Wa., ground was officially broken for the new Kingdome. It was completed in 1976. It was destroyed Mar 26, 2000.
    (http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Field/3477/kingdome/history.htm)

1972        Alfred McKenzie, a former Tuskegee Airman and current pressman for the Government Printing Office, filed suit contending that he and fellow black employees had long been passed over for promotions that went to whites. After many appeals the suit was won and in 1987 the office agreed to pay $2.4 million in back wages to several hundred employees.
    (SFC, 4/11/98, p.A15)

1972        Washington state~ez_rsquo~s Highway 72, dubbed the North Cascades Scenic Highway, opened.
    (SSFC, 7/18/04, p.D8)

1973        The TV "Frugal Gourmet" show began in Tacoma, Wa., with minister Jeff Smith (1939-2004) and then went national on PBS.
    (SFC, 7/30/01, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Smith_(TV_personality))

1973        The Kronos Quartet was founded in Seattle by violinist David Harrington. The original group included, Harrington, violist Hank Dutt, violinist John Sherba, and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.
    (SFC, 1/22/03, p.D1)

1973        The Picardo Farm P-Patch was established north of the Univ. of Washington as a community garden.
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A3)

1974        Feb 1, Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, was abducted in Seattle.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6664381)

1974          Mar 12, Bundy victim Donna Manson (b.1954) disappeared from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wa.
    (www.doenetwork.org/cases/565dfwa.html)

1974        Apr 17, Ted Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappeared from CWU, Ellensburg, WA.
    (www.real-crime.co.uk/Murder1/VICKR.HTML#Rancourt,%20Susan)

1974        Jun 11, Georgann Hawkins, Bundy victim, disappeared from UW, in Seattle, Wash.
    (www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hawkins_georgeann.html)

1974        Jul 14, Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappeared at Lake Sammamish, WA.
    (http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/drlarry/bundy3.htm)

1976        Mar 27, Washington, D.C. opened its subway system.
    (HN, 3/27/98)

1977        Apr 6, The Seattle Kingdome opened and the Mariners lost their to Angels 7-0. The Seattle Mariners baseball team were created following the 1970 departure of the 1-year-old Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.B6)(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.B1)(MC, 4/6/02)

1977-1981    Dixie Lee Ray served as the Democratic governor.
    (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A9)

1978        May 13,  Henry Rono (b.1952) of Kenya, running for Washington State Univ., set an NCAA record for 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:05.4).
    (www.lewrockwell.com/englund/englund39.html)

1978        Oct 12, Representatives of Israel and Egypt opened talks in Washington.
    (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/time70s.html#1978)

1978        Voters in Portland, Wa., approved a fluoridation plan. They had rejection similar plans twice before. The new plan was overturned in 1980 before fluoride was added. In 2013 voters again rejected fluoridation.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A18)

1979        Jan 12, Kenneth Bianchi, LA's Hillside Strangler, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa. He and his cousin Angelo Buono (d.2002 at 67) sexually assaulted and murdered as man as 13 young women (12-28) in 1977-1978, and dumping their bodies on LA-area hillsides. Bianchi testified against Buono to escape the death penalty. Buono was convicted on 9 of 10 murder counts and was sentenced to life in prison
    (SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A7)(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A17)

1979        Mar 4, Willi Unsoeld, mountain climber, died in an avalanche on Mt. Rainier, Wa. In 2002 Robert Roper authored "Fatal Mountaineer: The High Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan Legend."
    (SSFC, 3/29/02, p.M3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willi_Unsoeld)

1979        Sep 26, The body of a young woman was found in Blackie~ez_rsquo~s Pasture in Tiburon, Ca., She had been stabbed over 40 times with an ice pick and burned. In 2007 DNA evidence identified her as Tammy Vincent (17). She had testified this year against several people arrested during a raid in SeaTac, Wash., of 2 establishments believed to be prostitution fronts.
    (SFC, 10/2/07, p.B2)

1980        Mar 20, Mount St. Helens was shaken by a 4.0 earthquake.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Mar 27, Mount St. Helens, dormant for 123 years, erupted with ash and steam. A crater formed at the summit and the north flank began to bulge.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)(http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2000/fs036-00/)

1980        Apr 3, A state of emergency was declared in the area of Mount St. Helens as a 2nd crater formed and the north slope began swelling.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Apr 10, The north slope bulge extended out 320 feet and grew at a rate of 5 feet per day.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Apr 30, Gov. Dixie Lee Ray closed the area within 10 miles of Mount St. Helens.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        May 18, At 8:32 a.m. Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupted. It burst 3 times in 24 hours after rumbling for two months and left 57 people dead or missing. The mountain lost over 1,300 feet of elevation and gained a two-mile-long and one mile-wide crater.
    (AAM, 3/96, p.84)(AP, 5/18/97)(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)(HN, 5/18/02)

1980        May 25, Mount St. Helens erupted again and deposited ash over western Washington and Oregon.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Jun 12, A 3rd major eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens. A lava dome began to form in the crater.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Jun 14, A 4th eruption blasted through the lava dome at Mount St. Helens.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Aug 7, A 5th major eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens. [see May 18]
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        Oct 17, Mt. St. Helens erupted 3 times in 24 hours, in Washington. The eruptions had begun May 18.
    (HN, 10/17/98)

1980        Oct 18, A 6th major eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens and a new lava dome emerged that grew to 130 feet by the next day.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1980        The grunge rock group Alice in Chains produced their debut album "Facelift." One track was titled "We Die Young." In 2002 Layne Staley (34), lead singer for Alice in Chains, was found dead in Seattle with obvious signs of drug use.
    (SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A28)

1981        Apr, Tim Paterson, who wrote QDOS in 1980, quit Seattle Computer Products and began working at Microsoft in May. He became best known as the original author of the popular MS-DOS operating system (1981).
    (http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa033099.htm)

1981        Sep 26, The twin-engine Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, Wash.
    (AP, 9/26/97)

1981        R.M. "Bob" Crane, a manly florist, founded the Order of the Manly Men in Roslyn.
    (WSJ, 6/15/99, p.B1)

1982        Feb 5, The US Forest Service opened much of the damaged area around Mount St. Helens.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1982        Sep 1, The US Congress created the 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1982        Dec 3, Rebecca Marrero (b.1962) was last seen in Seattle, Wa. She was believed to have become a victim of Gary Ridgeway, the so-called Green River Killer. In 2010 her skull was found by children playing in a ravine south of Seattle. On Feb 7, 2011, Ridgeway, already serving 48 life terms, was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 12/24/10, p.A6)(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)

1982        Dec 5, The Univ. Baptist Church in Seattle declared itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3axzxr)

1982-1984    A series of female slayings began in the Pacific Northwest that totaled as many as 49. 4 deaths were blamed on the so-called Green River Killer. In 2001 police arrested Gary Ridgeway (52) on DNA evidence that linked him to 3 dead women.
    (SFC, 12/1/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/2/01, p.A16)

1983        Feb 13-1983 Feb 14, The Americus and Altair fishing boats sank in the Bering Sea and 14 fishermen from Anacortes, Wa., died. In 1998 Patrick Dillon authored "Lost At Sea," an account of the tragedy.
    (WSJ, 11/13/98, p.W12)

1983        Feb 19, A shooting at the Wah Mee gambling parlor in Seattle, Wa., left 13 men dead. Kwan-Fai Mak and Benjamin Ng were later found guilty on 13 murder counts and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 7/6/98, p.A7)(SFC, 4/16/07, p.A8)(AP, 2/19/08)

1983        Jul 22, Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion.
    (www.efsec.wa.gov/nuclearproj.shtml)

1983        Sep 1, Henry "Scoop" Jackson (b.1912), Sen-D-Wash., died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_M._Jackson)

1983        A judge in Lincoln County, Wa., adopted a rule that said a court appearance is not required in uncontested divorces.
    (SFC, 5/9/03, p.I7)

1984        Mar 19, The SS Mobil Oil spilled 200,000 gallons of oil into the Columbia River near Longview.
    (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/96596_timeline21.shtml)

1984        Sep, The US Army Corp of Engineers began an 8,000 foot tunnel to drain Spirit Lake, damned by the debris of the eruption at Mount St. Helens.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1984        Dec 8, Robert Matthews (b.1953), co-founder for the neo-Nazi called The Order, was shot and killed by FBI agents on Whiebey Island, Washington. His ~ez_ldquo~Silent Brotherhood~ez_rdquo~ was a small extremist far right group that engaged in a multistate crime wave in this period. The group was also associated with the Aryan Nations Church. His life was fictionalized in the TV movie ~ez_ldquo~Brotherhood of Murder~ez_rdquo~ (1999).
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Jay_Mathews)

1984        The Walla Walla Valley wine appellation in Washington state was established.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.37)

1985        In Seattle 10 members of a white supremacist group called the Order were convicted of racketeering and other charges. They were linked to the ideas of William Pierce in West Virginia and his book "The Turner Diaries."
    (SFC, 7/26/02, p.A26)

1985        In LA Sgt. George Arthur was murdered in a suspected love triangle. In 1999 Ted Eugene Kirby was found dead in Spokane after a police warrant was issued for his arrest. DNA evidence had recently implicated him in the murder of Arthur.
    (SFC, 7/15/99, p.A6)

1986        Aug 17, A bronze pig statue was unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1986        Nov 17, Pres. Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. It designated over 292,000 acres in Oregon and Washington states as federally regulated land. Much of the work in getting the act passed was done by Nancy Russell (d.2008).
    (www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1986/111786a.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/nphxt8)

1986        Dec 12, A $5.3 million Mount St. Helens National Monument Visitor~ez_rsquo~s Center opened near Castle Rock.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1987        Aug, Howard Shultz and a group of investors bought Starbucks from Jerry Baldwin and merged it with Il Giornale coffee bars. The was the beginning of a rapid expansion. Baldwin kept Peet's Coffee and a proviso that Starbucks stay out of the Bay Area until 1992. In 2007 Taylor Clark authored ~ez_ldquo~Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture.~ez_rdquo~
    (SFEM, 8/1/99, p.8)(SSFC, 11/4/07, p.M1)

1988        Aug 31, A 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle began. 
    (YN, 8/31/99)

1989        Sep 22, The US Army Corp of Engineers completed a $70 million, 184-foot-high sediment retention dam across the Toutle River to stop mudflows and debris from Mount St. Helens.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)

1989        A Seattle ballot initiative limited new buildings in the downtown core to 540 feet and to varying heights in other parts of the city. In 2006 the City Council repealed the limits.
    (WSJ, 4/5/06, p.B4)

1990        May 5, Five people were killed as 3 small fishing boats capsized in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, along the northwest int~ez_rsquo~l. border between the US and Canada.
    (SFC, 5/5/09, p.D8)

1990        The grunge rock band Pearl Jam, initially called Mookie Blaylock, formed in Seattle. Its first album was titled ~ez_ldquo~Ten.~ez_rdquo~ The documentary film ~ez_ldquo~Pearl Jam Twenty,~ez_rdquo~ created by Cameron Crowe, aired on PBS in 2011.
    (SFC, 10/19/11, p.E3)

1991        May 23, Holly Washa (22) of Burien, Washington, was kidnapped, raped and soon murdered. Cal Coburn Brown was convicted of murder in 1993 and sentenced to death in 1994. In 2009 the Washington supreme Court granted a last minute reprieve and postponed his execution, which would have been the state~ez_rsquo~s first since 2001.
    (SFC, 3/13/09, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/alz33r)

1991        Nov 18, Peter Zeihen (40) was shot to death by his mother-in-law, JoAnn Goldberg Peterson, in Spokane a week before a custody trial over his 3-year-old daughter. Details of the case were kept hidden until revealed in 2000 by Theil T. Goldberg, Zeihen's brother-in-law.
    (SFC, 1/27/00, p.A4)

1991        A new downtown building for the Seattle Art Museum, designed by Robert Venturi, was completed for $62 million. In 2004 it began an addition in partnership with Washington Mutual.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.D8)(WSJ, 1/18/07, p.D10)

1991        Frank D. Stout II (d.1998 at 77) made a major donation of his Japanese art to the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
    (SFC, 7/1/98, p.A22)

1991        William L. Dwyer (d.2002), federal district judge, ordered the government to stop permitting logging on up to 60,000 acres of ancient forests a year on public land because it endangered the habitat of the Northern spotted owl.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.B6)

1992        Feb 10, Alex Haley, author of "Roots" and co-writer of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," died in Seattle at age 70. Much of his work was donated to the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    (SFC, 12/6/96, p.C15)(AP, 2/10/97)

1992        Mar 1, Sen. Brock Adams abandoned his re-election campaign after eight women accused him in a Seattle Times report of sexual abuse and harassment.
    (AP, 3/1/02)

1992        Jul 11, Owners approved the sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group.
    (MC, 7/11/02)

1992        Oct 3, William Gates, the college-dropout founder of Microsoft, headed the Forbes magazine 400 list of the richest Americans with a net worth of 6.3 billion dollars. His assets reached 51 billion in 2005.
    (http://tinyurl.com/8ex5w)(www.forbes.com/lists/2005/54/BH69.html)

1992        The film "Singles" featured Ally Walker. It depicted friends in their 20s in Seattle.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, Par p.14)

1992-1995    In the Pacific Northwest a series of arson fires at abortion clinics that caused over $1 million in damage was later attributed to Richard Thomas Andrews of Wenatchee, Wa. Andrews was arrested Jun 26, 1996 and pleaded guilty in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A7)

1993        Jan 5, The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.
    (AP, 1/5/98)

1993        Jul 7, Mia Zapata (27), a rising punk-rock star, was last seen alive in Seattle. In 2003 Jesus C. Mezquia (b.1965), who lived in Seattle at the time of the rape and murder, was arrested in Florida on DNA evidence. On March 25, 2004, a jury convicted Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia of her murder and he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
    (SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mia_Zapata#Death)

1993        Sep 23, Seattle~ez_rsquo~s City Council passed a sit/lie ban affecting the downtown area between 7 am and 9 pm. The law was upheld by the US Court of Appeals in 1996.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybahqyp)(SSFC, 3/28/10, p.A16)(www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=1277)

1994        Apr 5, Kurt Cobain (b.1967), singer-musician for the grunge band Nirvana, committed suicide in Seattle. [see Apr 8]
    (NW, 10/28/02, p.68)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_)

1994        Apr 8, Kurt Cobain, singer-musician for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
    (AP, 4/8/97)(SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.52)

1994        Jun 20, Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter.
    (AP, 6/20/04)

1994        Jeff Bezos quit his job on Wall Street, flew to Fort Worth, Texas, and then drove with his wife to the Pacific Northwest. He sketched out a plan to set up a catalogue retailing business and after a year his company, Amazon, sold its first book.
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.23)
1994        Former Gov. Dixie Lee Ray died at age 79.
    (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A9)
1994        The Tyee Fire in Washington state burned 130,000 acres.
    (WSJ, 8/6/01, p.A11)

1995        Jun, John Stanford, a retire 2-star Army general. Became the first black school superintendent in Seattle.
    (SFEC, 11/29/98, p.B6)

1995        Sep, In Wenatchee Manuel Hidalgo Rodriguez (33) was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for alleged rape and child molestation. He was one of 43 people charged in a series of cases that imprisoned 21 people based on charges by 2 girls aged 10 and 12. Reversals to the convictions began in 1997 and continued to 1999.
    (WSJ, 9/21/99, p.A26)

1995        Jeremy Sagastegui killed Melissa Sarbacher and raped, tortured and murdered her 3-year-old son. He also killed a woman friend of Sarbacher. He was scheduled for execution at Walla Walla in 1998.
    (SFC, 10/12/98, p.A7)

1996        Apr 1, In Spokane, Wa., a US Bank branch was robbed and bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for this and another robbery and 3 bombings.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.C3)

1996        Jul 12, In Spokane, Wa., a US Bank branch was robbed a 2nd time and a Planned Parenthood office was bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for the robberies and 3 bombings.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.C3)

1996        Jul, A 9,200 year-old skeleton was found by the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wa. It became known as the "Kennewick Man" or "Richland Man." A federal judge ruled in 1998 that scientists be allowed to examine the remains held by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Native American Indians wanted the remains buried.
    (SFEC, 10/27/96, p.B9)(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/14/00, p.A7)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.76)

1996        A worker was accidentally killed at the Equilon Puget Sound Refining Co. in Anacortes
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.A3)

1997        May 14, There was an explosion at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Wash. state. Plutonium and other hazardous chemicals were released and emergency response procedures broke down almost completely.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A8)

1997        Jun, Voters narrowly approved a huge public subsidy for Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for a new $425 million football stadium. Mr. Allen would pay 25% and the rest would come from taxpayers.
    (WSJ, 6/25/97, p.A22)

1997        Oct 1, The Center for Nonverbal Studies (CNS), a private, nonprofit research center located in Spokane, Washington, began operations. The Center's mission is to advance the study of human communication in all its forms apart from language. The Center's goal is to promote the scientific study of nonverbal communication, which includes body movement, gesture, facial expression, adornment and fashion, architecture, mass media, and consumer-product design.
    (http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/index.htm)

1997        Voters approved a ballot measure in Seattle to build a $1 billion mass transit system.
    (SFEC,12/797, p.A9)

1998        Feb 3, Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former Washington state teacher, violated probation with the 14 year-old father of her baby.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7smjq)

1998        Feb 6, Washington became the 27th state to ban same-sex marriages.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A3)

1998        Apr 24, The American Health for Women magazine reported that Seattle was the healthiest city for women and that SF rated # 2 and Boston # 3.
    (SFC, 4/25/98, p.A5)

1998        Apr 27, In Arlington a fire at a 90-year-old building, used as a home for the elderly, killed 7 residents.
    (SFC, 4/29/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 13, At RFK Stadium a 2-day rock concert to advocate freedom for Tibet was halted due rain and lightning. Lysa Selton (25) was struck by lightning.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A3)

1998        Jul 5, A gang shooting at the Trang Dai Vietnamese restaurant in Tacoma left 5 people dead and 5 wounded.
    (SFC, 7/6/98, p.A7)

1998        Sep, The new $118 million Benaroya Hall, home for the Seattle Symphony, opened.
    (SFC, 8/4/98, p.E1)(SFEC, 7/30/00, p.T8)

1998        Sep, Radioactive red harvester ants were found underground near waste pipes in Richland.
    (SFC, 10/22/98, p.A7)

1998        Oct 1, The Makah Indian gray whale hunting season opened. The tribe had recently won the right to kill up to 5 whales a year over the next 4 years. In 2000 a federal appeals court overturned the ruling that allowed whale hunting.
    (SFC, 10/2/98, p.A6)(SFC, 6/10/00, p.A3)

1998        Oct 12, A record 974-pound pumpkin won the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Ca. It was raised from an Atlantic Giant seed by Lincoln Mettler of Eatonville, Wa.
    (SFC, 10/13/98, p.A16)

1998        Nov 24, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., donated $20 million to the Seattle Public Library system.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A3)

1998        Nov 25, An explosion at the Equilon Puget Sound Refining Co. at Anacortes killed 6 people.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.A3)

1998        Nov 27, Mark McLaughlin (44), a Seattle, Wa., bus driver, was shot and killed while driving his bus across the Aurora Ave. Bridge over Lake Union. A passenger responsible for the shooting was also killed when the bus crashed. 29 passengers were injured. The bus fell 50 feet from the expressway where 3 people died. The killer, Silas Cool, committed suicide. In 1999 the event was described by Ann Rule in her book "A Rage to Kill."
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)

1998        Dec 2, Bill Gates of Microsoft announced a $100 million gift to deliver vaccines against 4 childhood diseases in developing countries. The Seattle non-profit Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) would receive the money over a 10 year period.
    (SFC, 12/2/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/2/98, p.B6)

1998         The Seattle Museum of Black Velvet Painting was co-founded by David Price with a mobile collection partly devoted to Leeteg's work. In 1933 Edgar Leeteg sold his first painting for $4 and a sandwich.
    (WSJ, 2/24/99, p.B1)

1999        Jan 13, A KC-135 refueling tanker crashed while landing near Geilenkirchen, Germany, and 4 US airmen were killed. They were attached to an Air national Guard unit based in Spokane.
    (WSJ, 1/14/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 10, The Energy Dept. announced that 90,000 acres of the security buffer around the Hanford nuclear reservation would be preserved as a wildlife refuge.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A7)

1999        Apr 12, The Snake River in southeastern Washington state was named as the nation's most endangered river because of 4 dams that have brought salmon runs to the brink of extinction.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A19)

1999        Apr 22, Seattle teachers went on a one-day strike and appealed to the Legislature for a 15% wage hike.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D4)

1999        May 17, In Neah Bay, Washington state, Makah Indian hunters legally killed their first gray whale in 75 years.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)

1999        May 28, In Shoreline a man fled a hit-and-run freeway accident into a neighborhood where he killed one elderly woman and broke the neck of another before he was killed by a police sniper shot.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A3)

1999        May 30, The Waldorf Towers in downtown Seattle were demolished by implosion. The 4th floor fell out onto Pike St.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A3)

1999        Jun 11, In Bellingham 88,000 gallons of gasoline from the Olympic spilled into a creek and exploded after about 15 minutes. Two boys, Wade King (10) and Stephen Tsiorvas (10), and Liam Wood (18) were killed in the resulting fireball. Wade and Stephen ignited the fire while playing with a lighter.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A3)

1999        Jul 15, The first baseball game, Mariners vs. Padres, in the new $498 million SAFECO baseball park was scheduled. The name was purchased for $1.8 million per year for 20 years by the Seattle-based insurance and financial services corporation. Cost overruns raised the initial $250 estimate to $517 million.
    (WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A21)(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 16, A fire in Spokane destroyed  most of a downtown city block and left 108 people homeless.
    (SFC, 7/17/99, p.A2)

1999        Aug 8, The "Picardo Venus" sculpture by Steve Anderson was unveiled at the Picardo Farm P-Patch. The naked, pregnant, and dreadlocked Venus was soon called pornographic and unfit for the location, which is near a children's play area.
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A3)

1999        Aug, Mark Erickson, an employee at the University of Washington, filed a suit alleging massive overbilling of Medicare and Medicaid by UW doctors. In 2004 UW agreed to pay the government $35 million to resolved the allegations.
    (ST, 4/30/04, p.A1)

1999        Nov 3, In Seattle a gunman killed 2 men, wounded 2 others at the Northlake Shipyard building and then escaped into a nearby residential area. Kevin William Cruz, a fired employee, was arrested Jan 4, 2000 for the murder.
    (SFC, 11/4/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/800, p.A5)

1999        Nov 29, In Seattle as many as 50,000 protestors gathered to oppose "the march of corporate globalization."
    (WSJ, 11/30/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 30, In Seattle riot police struggled with thousands of protestors who forced the World Trade Organization to cancel the opening session of a 3-day summit meeting. Mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency and a night curfew and Gov. Gary Locke called in some 200 unarmed National Guard.
    (SFC, 12/1/99, p.A1)

1999        Dec 1, The WTO met in Seattle for global trade talks to be known as the Seattle Round. A massive "mobilization against globalization" was also planned by activists. The 134-nation WTO began meeting in Seattle for a round of global trade talks under the proposed names "Millennium Round" or "Clinton Round." The purpose of the talks was to reduce tariffs and subsidies and to open markets. The last Uruguay Round lasted for nearly 8 years. Pres. Clinton spoke and urged the WTO to listen to the demands of protestors. Thousands demonstrated on labor and environmental issues and hundreds were arrested.
    (WSJ, 7/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/2/99, p.A1)

1999        Dec 3, The WTO negotiations in Seattle collapsed with no agreement reached on an agenda for talks.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Dec 7, Norm Stamper, police chief, announced that he would resign so as to "de-politicize" investigations over police actions during the WTO meeting.
    (SFC, 12/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Dec 14, In Seattle Ahmed Ressam (32), an Algerian, was arrested after crossing the border at Port Angeles from Canada with a car trunk with over 150 pounds of bomb-making materials that included 200 pounds of urea, timing devices and a bottle of RDX, cyclotrimethylene trinitramine. Canadian authorities later issued an arrest warrant for Abdelmajed Dahoumane for possessing or making explosives. Dahoumane was arrested in Algeria In Oct, 2000. In 2001 Ressam admitted that he planned to detonate a bomb at the LA Int~ez_rsquo~l. Airport. Mokhtar Haouari provided fake ID and $3,000 to Ressam. Haouari was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2002. In 2005 Ressam was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/18/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/20/99, p.D3)(SFC, 12/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/30/99, p.A5)(SFC, 12/7/00, p.C10)(SFC, 5/30/01, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A3)

1999        Dec 22,  An Algerian accused of trying to smuggle nitroglycerin and other bomb-making materials into the United States from Canada pleaded innocent in Seattle to all five counts of a federal indictment. Ahmed Ressam was convicted in April 2001 of terrorist conspiracy and eight other charges.
    (AP, 12/22/04)

1999        Dec 28, Officials in Seattle canceled a public New Year's Eve celebration due to security concerns.
    (SFC, 12/29/99, p.A3)

2000        Jan 10, Authorities found 14 Chinese stowaways with 3 men dead hidden in a cargo ship container at the Port of Seattle. Another 19 men were found the next day. A total of 203 people were caught over the last year hidden in containers in US and Canadian ports.
    (SFC, 1/12/00, p.A1,6)

2000        Jan 31, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an MD-83 jet with 88 people bound for Seattle from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, crashed about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, Ca. There were no survivors. A stop had been scheduled in SF.
    (SFC, 2/1/00, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Airlines_Flight_261)

2000        Feb 9, In Renton, Wa., some 17,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers went on strike in one of the biggest white-collar strikes in US history.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A9)

2000        Mar 9, The Snake river was declared the most endangered river in the US for the 2nd year in a row.
    (SFC, 3/10/00, p.D2)

2000        Mar 17, Boeing Co. agreed to settle a 38-day strike by its engineers. It was the largest white-collar walkout in US history.
    (SFC, 3/18/00, p.A2)

2000        Mar 26, The Seattle Kingdome was blown up in a controlled implosion. The 7.9 acre roof collapsed in less than 20 seconds.
    (WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A21)(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A4)

2000        Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa., Robert L. Yates Jr., a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state. On Oct 16 Yates agreed to plead guilty to 13 murders to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A12)(AP, 4/18/01)

2000        Jun 21, Alan Hovhaness, composer, died at age 89. His over 400 works included 9 operas, 2 ballets and over 60 symphonies.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.d6)

2000        Jun 23, The new $250 million, 140,000-sq.-foot Experience Music Project opened in Seattle. It was funded by Paul G. Allen, designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.E8)(SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 30, In Richland a 190,000 acre 4-day fire that raced across nearly half of the Hanford nuclear complex was all but extinguished.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 21, Newspaper Guild members of the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer went on strike.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 22, Democrat Maria Cantwell claimed victory for a Senate seat over Republican incumbent Slade Gorton. This raised the next US Senate~ez_rsquo~s female count to 13.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 24, Striking workers produced their 1st edition in competition with the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer.
    (SFC, 11/25/00, p.A7)

2000        Dec 6, Washington welcomed 2 young giant pandas on a 10-year loan from China, Mei Jiang (beautiful fragrance) and Tian Tian (more and more).
    (WSJ, 12/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 20, It was reported that four-fifths of the salmon spawning in the last free-flowing reach of the Columbia River had reverted to female sex for unknown reasons. Water temperature and environmental pollutants were suspect.
    (SFC, 12/20/00, p.C3)

2000        Dec 28, Union employees of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer accepted a contract following a 5-week strike.
    (SFC, 12/29/00, p.A3)

2001        Jan 4, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a private scholarship program with $100 million to help low income students go to college.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, p.A6)
2001        Jan 4, Striking Seattle Times employees agreed to a tentative settlement of their 45-day walkout.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, p.A2)

2001        Jan 15, In Seattle a truck crashed into the Pergola in Pioneer Square and destroyed the 1909 landmark.
    (SFC, 1/16/01, p.C2)

2001        Feb 26, Leo Kenney, a leading artist of the Northwest School of Painters, died at age 75. He never tried to reproduce reality except in a few portraits of friends and was influenced by Dali~ez_rsquo~s autobiography and the poems of Andre Breton.
    (SFC, 3/7/01, p.C2)

2001        Feb 28, In Washington state a 6.8 magnitude slab earthquake shook Seattle. It was centered 32.6 miles below the surface along the boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate and the continental North American plate. Damages were later estimated at $1.5-2 billion.
    (SFC, 3/1/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/2/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A4)

2001        Mar 21, Boeing announced plans to move its headquarters out of Seattle.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.E1)

2001        Apr 3, A US fishing boat, the Arctic Rose out of Seattle, sank in the Bering Sea and all 15 aboard were feared dead.
    (WSJ, 4/4/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 14, The 21 men and 3 women crew of the US spy plane, detained in China for 11 days, returned home to Washington state.
    (SSFC, 4/15/01, p.A1)

2001        May 1, In Seattle Hindus filed a suit against McDonald~ez_rsquo~s for nondisclosure of beef flavoring in French fries.
    (SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A9)

2001        May 21, In Seattle, Wa., members of the Earth Liberation Front torched the Univ. of Washington~ez_rsquo~s Center for Urban Horticulture causing about $6 million in damage. An Oregon tree farm owned by Jefferson Poplar Farms was also burned. 4 people were later convicted of taking part in the firebombing. One later committed suicide in prison. In 2011 Briana Waters (35) pleaded guilty to arson and related charges in the firebombing. In 2012 Waters was sentenced to 4 years in prison with credit for time served.
    (SFC, 9/16/10, p.C5)(http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=3180)(SFC, 6/17/11, p.C3)(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)

2001        May 24, A series of small earthquakes began in Spokane and 75 were recorded by late November.
    (SFC, 11/29/01, p.E1)

2001        Jul 10, In Seattle the American League beat the National League 4:1 in the annual All-Star game at Safeco Field.
    (SFC, 7/11/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 11, A wildfire killed 2 male and 2 female firefighters in the Chewuch River Valley of the north Cascade Mountains.
    (SFC, 7/12/01, p.A3)

2001        Sep 12, In Mexico a twin-engine LET 410 plane crashed in the Yucatan and all 19 people aboard were killed. The 16 passengers were all Seattle-area tourists on a Holland America cruise.
    (SFC, 9/13/01, p.C3)(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A32)

2001        Oct 11, Tom Wales (49), a Seattle federal prosecutor, was gunned down in his home office.
    (SFC, 10/20/01, p.A17)

2001        Nov 30, Gary Leon Ridgway (b.1949) was arrested in connection with 4 of 7 Green River serial killings in Washington state. Four murders were linked to him through DNA and three through paint he used at his job. In 2003 he pleaded guilty to 48 counts of aggravated murder, although the estimates ran much higher. On December 18, 2003, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Jones sentenced Ridgway to 48 life sentences with no possibility of parole and one life sentence, to be served consecutively.
    (AP, 11/30/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Ridgway#Victims)

2002        Mar 6, The Bush administration announced an additional $450 million to speed the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation by 35-45 years.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A4)

2002        Mar 28, The last Boeing 307 Stratoline crash-landed in the water in Puget Sound near Seattle. 4 people aboard were rescued.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A3)

2002        Apr 19, Layne Staley (34), lead singer for Alice in Chains, was found dead in Seattle with obvious signs of drug use.
    (SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A28)

2002        Jul 6, In Tacoma, Wa., the new Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art opened. It was designed by Arthur Erickson.
    (WSJ, 7/23/02, p.D8)

2002        Sep 2, Consolidated Freightways Corp. of Vancouver, Wa., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off 15,500 people nationwide.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A4)

2002        Sep 23, Rachel Burkheimer (18) of Marysville, Wa., was shot to death by her boyfriend John Anderson. On Oct 5 Matthew Durham led police to her body. 8 people were later arrested for her murder. In 2004 Yusef Jihad, head of a gang involved in the killing, was convicted of 1st degree murder. Anderson was convicted of aggravated 1st degree murder on May 19, 2004. In 2004 Tony Williams (22) was sentenced to 9 years in prison and Maurice Rivas (20) to 26 years.
    (ST, 4/6/04, p.B5)(ST, 5/20/04, p.B1)(ST, 7/29/04, p.B1)

2002        Oct 20, The Galaxy fishing ship, ported in Seattle, exploded and burned 750 miles SW of Alaska. 1 man was killed and 2 were missing.
    (WSJ, 10/22/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 4, Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert (19) of Port Orchard, Wa., was told to leave the Boy Scout organization due to his atheist belief. "The Boy Scouts is a faith-based organization and the issue of God is not negotiable." He was given 1 week to declare belief in a higher power.
    (SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A5)(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A5)

2002        Nov, In Washington state Puget Sound Energy cancelled an 18-month program that had been touted to save customers energy via a variable rate plan. Customer had quit the program in droves after finding that the special plan cost more than ordinary ones.
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.73)

2002        Dec 19, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington told high school students that Osama bin Laden was popular in poor countries because of his charitable works and challenged the US to do the same.
    (SFC, 12/21/02, p.A3)

2002        Voters approved construction of a 14-mile monorail for Seattle, Wa.
    (Econ, 7/2/05, p.33)

2003        Mar 16, In the Gaza Strip Rachel Corrie (23) of Washington State was crushed to death by and Israeli Army bulldozer as she tried to block the demolition of Palestinian homes. On Aug 28, 2012, an Israeli court cleared the military of any responsibility for her death.
    (SFC, 3/17/03, p.A1)(AFP, 8/28/12)

2003        Apr 26, In Washington state Crystal Brame (35), the wife of Tacoma Police Chief David Brame (44), was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after being shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
    (AP, 4/27/03)

2003        Sep 11, The Seattle Archdiocese agreed to pay $7.87 million to settle lawsuits brought by 15 men who said they were molested by the same priest.
    (SFC, 9/12/03, p.A3)

2003        Nov 5, In Seattle, Wa., Gary Leon Ridgeway pleaded guilty 48 consecutive times for the Green River murders that began in 1982. On Dec 18 he was sentenced to 48 consecutive life terms and ordered to pay $480,000.
    (SFC, 11/6/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/03, p.A3)

2003        Nov 9, Endpcnoise.com, a Vancouver, Washington-based custom outlet, was reported to specialize in creating nearly silent PCs. These PCs can drop their noise levels to 25 or 26 decibels, while a human's lowest hearing threshold is generally considered to be about 20 decibels. A busy road is about 80 decibels and a quiet bedroom at night is about 30 decibels.
    (Reuters, 11/9/03)(www.endpcnoise.com)

2003        Dec 18, A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River Killer Gary Ridgway to 48 consecutive life terms.
    (AP, 12/18/04)

2003        Dec 23, A cow, slaughtered in Washington state on Dec 9, was reported to have tested positive for mad cow disease, the 1st such US case. The $2.6 billion beef export industry was hit as 7 nations quickly suspended imports of US beef: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Australia. The infected Holstein was imported into the United States from Canada about two years ago. A US beef recall soon spread to 8 states and Guam.
    (AP, 12/24/03)(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/03)(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A1)

2003        Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., established the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Wa., with a $100 million gift.
    (SFC, 9/27/06, p.A9)

2004        Feb 7, John Kerry scored decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state.
    (AP, 2/8/04)

2004        Mar 7, Seattle's mayor said the city will begin recognizing the marriages of gay employees who tie the knot elsewhere, although it will not conduct its own same-sex weddings.
    (AP, 3/8/04)

2004        May 23, Seattle~ez_rsquo~s new $165 million downtown Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened.
    (SFC, 5/21/04, p.W1)(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.D8)

2004        Jul 8, Some 50 homeless people abandoned a tent city in downtown Spokane after Mayor Jim West ordered police to surround the encampment and arrest anyone who wouldn~ez_rsquo~t leave.
    (USAT, 7/9/04, p.3A)

2004        Jul 19, A 3-day meeting of the US National Governors Association ended in Seattle.
    (SFC, 7/19/04, p.A7)

2004        Aug 4, Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil, was released from a Washington state prison.
    (AP, 8/4/05)

2004        Sep 4, San Francisco~ez_rsquo~s De La Salle High School lost its 1st football game since 1992 to the Bellevue High Wolverines in Washington State, ending a winning streak of 151 games.
    (SFC, 9/6/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 1, Mount St. Helens quieted down after spewing a plume of steam and ash, but only briefly. Within hours of the eruption, seismic readings suggested pressure was building again inside the volcano, which had been dormant for 18 years.
    (AP, 10/2/04)

2004        Oct 12, The Seattle Storm won their first WNBA title with a 74-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun.
    (AP, 10/12/05)

2004        Nov 17, In Washington state a recount was ordered in the governor~ez_rsquo~s race between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi. The Nov 2 balloting left them separated by just a few of 2.8 million votes cast. A hand tally looked likely after a machine recount showed Rossi 42 votes ahead. After three counts of the ballots, Gregoire was declared the winner by just 129 votes out of 2.9 million cast.
    (SFC, 11/18/04, p.A5)(WSJ, 11/26/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/17/05)

2004        Dec 23, Washington state election officials announced that Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire was the winner in the governor~ez_rsquo~s race by 130 votes, out of 2.9 million ballots cast, over her Republican opponent Dino Rossi.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.A3)(AP, 12/23/05)

2004        Dec 30, Washington Sec. of State Sam Reed certified Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire as winner in the governor~ez_rsquo~s race by 129 votes over Republican opponent Dino Rossi.
    (SFC, 12/31/04, p.A2)

2005        Jan 22, It was reported that a mutant of the sudden oak pathogen was found in a nursery in Washington state. Phytopthora ramorum was believed to be the result of a union between California and European strains.
    (SFC, 1/22/05, p.B1)

2005        May, The Spokane Review printed online chats between Mayor Jim West (54), on record as opposing gay rights and abortion, and an investigator posing as a teenage boy. West admitted to the conversations and relations with young men, but denied molestation charges.
    (Econ, 5/14/05, p.30)

2005        Aug 2, Seattle pitcher Ryan Franklin was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
    (AP, 8/2/06)

2005        Oct 10, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Joel Holland, a retired Washington state firefighter, won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. This matched his winner in 2004. The contest here began in 1974.
    (AP, 10/10/05)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)

2005        Nov 15,The US government declared the Puget Sound orcas an endangered species.
    (SFC, 11/16/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 20, In Tacoma, Wash., Dominick Sergio Maldonado (20) went on a shooting spree at a crowded shopping mall. 7 people were injured, one critically, before he was arrested. Maldonado has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
    (AP, 11/20/06)

2005        Nov 25, Nine inmates escaped from the Yakima County Jail in Washington state; all were recaptured, although one was at large for three weeks.
    (AP, 11/25/06)

2005        Dec 6, In Spokane, Wash., voters said Mayor James E. West (1951-2006) must leave office this month in a special election sparked by allegations he used a city computer to woo gay men over the Internet. Certification of the vote was expected on Dec 16.
    (AP, 12/07/05)(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.B6)

2006        Jan 27, Lawmakers in Washington state passed a gay rights bill and Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will sign it on Jan 31.
    (SFC, 1/28/06, p.A3)

2006        Feb 1, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Wa., offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who said they were molested by priests.
    (SFC, 2/2/06, p.A7)

2006        Mar 20, Otto Zehm (36), a mentally ill man, died after being struck and tasered at a convenience store in Spokane, Wa. In 2011 officer Karl Thompson was found guilty of using violating Zehm~ez_rsquo~s civil rights by using excessive force and making a false statement.
    (SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Zehm)

2006        Mar 25, In Seattle, Wa., Aaron Kyle Huff (28) fatally shot 6 people at a party and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 3/27/06, p.A3)

2006        Apr 18, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington state, toured the Redmond campus of Microsoft and had dinner at the home of MS Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.
    (AP, 4/19/06)

2006        May 23, Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, notified 1,400 workers in Washington and Florida that they will lose their jobs as part of the company's cost-saving strategy.
    (AP, 5/24/06)

2006        Jul 22, Former Spokane, Wa., Mayor James E. West (55), ousted by a sex scandal in 2005, died of complications from recent cancer surgery.
    (SSFC, 7/23/06, p.B6)

2006        Jul 26, The Washington state Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay marriage, saying lawmakers have the power to restrict marriage to unions between a man and woman.
    (AP, 7/26/06)

2006        Jul 28, In Seattle, Wash., gunman Naveed Afzal Haq (30) killed Pam Waechter (58) of Seattle and wounded five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Haq said he was "angry at Israel." On June 4, 2008, a jury found him not guilty on one count of attempted murder (for victim Carol Goldman); on the remaining counts, the jury declared itself to be hung. The judge declared a mistrial. In 2009 a jury found Haq guilty of 8 counts, including aggravated first-degree murder. The murder verdict carried an automatic life sentence.
    (AFP, 7/29/06)(AP, 7/30/06)(http://tinyurl.com/6myx9k)(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A9)

2006        Aug 5, Susan Butcher (51), four-time Iditarod champion, died in Seattle, Wa. In 1986 she became the Alaska race's second female winner and brought increased national attention to its grueling competition.
    (AP, 8/6/06)

2006        Jul 18, The Seattle SuperSonics basketball team said a group of Oklahoma businessmen had purchased the club for $350 million. The new ownership group said it plans to keep the team in Seattle, if it can work out a deal for a new arena in the next 12 months. Officials in Seattle said they planned to hold the Sonics to their lease, which expires in 2010.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.33)(http://tinyurl.com/qga3e)

2006        Aug 23, In Washington state Gov. Gregoire declared a state of emergency due to a group of southeastern wildfires that had covered 70 square miles near Dayton.
    (SFC, 8/25/06, p.A3)

2006        Sep 26, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., announced a $41 million computerized atlas of the 20,000 genes in the brain of a mouse. The atlas was made available online at www.brainatlas.org.
    (SFC, 9/27/06, p.A9)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.91)

2006        Nov 7, Voters in Seattle rejected a measure that would have require erotic dancers to stay at least four feet from patrons.
    (Reuters, 11/11/06)

2006        Dec 15, About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Washington and Oregon had no power after howling windstorms and heavy rains caused at least three deaths, closed two major bridges and sparked flooding.
    (AP, 12/15/06)

2006        Dec 16, Residents of the US Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses. The storm killed at least 14 people, including 6 from carbon monoxide.
    (AP, 12/16/06)(WSJ, 12/19/06, p.A1)

2006        The Seattle Art Museum planned to complete its 8.5-acre Olympic Sculpture Park.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.D8)

2007        Jan 21, Louis Malcolm Boyd (b.1927), aka L.M. Boyd, master gatherer of random facts, died at his home in Seattle, Wa. He began his column in 1963 at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer using the pen name Mike Mailway. In SF the column was titled Grab Bag.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.B3)

2007        May 1, Kenneth John Freeman (44), a bodybuilder and computer expert from Benton County, Washington, was arrested in Hong Kong. Freeman, who fled the US 13 months earlier, was accused of raping his daughter and posting a video of the attack.
    (www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2007/050207.htm)

2007        May 30, Robert Alan Soloway (27), described as one of the world's most prolific spammers, was arrested in Seattle, Wa. Federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.
    (AP, 5/31/07)

2007        Jun 27, William M. Jenkins (b.1919), former CEO of Seattle-First National Bank, died on Bainbridge Island, Wash. His term ended after the bank was forced into a merger due to bad loans following the 1982 failure of Oklahoma~ez_rsquo~s Penn Square Bank.
    (WSJ, 1/14/07, p.A4)

2007        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision condemned race-based school enrollment plans in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle, but stopped short of banning it. The decision was denounced at a debate hours later by Democratic presidential candidates. The court also struck down an anti-trust rule nearly a century old, saying that it is no longer automatically unlawful for manufacturers and distributors to agree on setting minimum retail prices.
    (SFC, 6/29/07, p.A1, D1)(AP, 6/28/08)
2007        Jun 28, Bruce Kennedy (b.1938), former CEO of Alaska Airlines (1979-1991), was killed when his Cessna 182 crashed in Cashmere, Wash.
    (WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A4)

2007        Jul 15, In Washington state a new 2nd bridge opened across the Tacoma Narrows.
    (SSFC, 9/2/07, p.D8)

2007        Aug 2, In Washington state a helicopter with four people aboard crashed and burst into flames on the east slopes of the Cascade Range, starting a wildfire. By the next day it spread through dry timber to cover 300 to 400 acres.
    (AP, 8/3/07)

2007        Sep 8, In Washington state 5 members of the Makah tribe killed a California gray whale with harpoons and a rifle without tribal approval. In October a federal grand jury charged the 5 Makah men with misdemeanor counts.
    (SFC, 9/10/07, p.A4)(SFC, 10/5/07, p.A4)

2007        Oct 7, A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan crashed in the Cascade Mountains after it left Star, Idaho, near Boise, en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia. 9 skydivers and the pilot were killed. Searchers found the wreckage the next day.
    (AP, 10/9/07)

2007        Oct 30, Washoe the chimp (42), who had learned American sign Language, died at Central Washington Univ. in Ellensburg, Wa. Cognitive researchers had adopted the 10-month-old chimp from military researchers in 1966
    (SFC, 11/1/07, p.A2)

2007        Dec 4, The governors of Washington and Oregon declared states of emergency after a severe storm smacked the region with hurricane-force winds and several inches of rain. At least four people were killed by the storm.
    (AP, 12/4/07)

2007        Dec 10, Seattle-based Washington Mutual said it will lay off over 3,000 workers and close 190 offices in response to loan losses in the mortgage market.
    (SFC, 12/10/07, p.B1)

2007        Dec 25, In King County, Washington, six people, 3 generations of one family, were killed. Carnation police the next day arrested Michele Kristen Anderson (29) and Joseph McEnroe (29), the property owners' daughter and her boyfriend.
    (AP, 12/27/07)(SFC, 12/28/07, p.A5)

2008        Jan 4, Flights were grounded and trucks overturned in Northern California as wind gusted to 80 mph during the second wave of the arctic storm that has sent trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. Hundreds of thousands of customers lost power from central California into Oregon and Washington. An estimated 1.9-2.1 million PG&E customers lost power.
    (AP, 1/5/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A1)

2008        Feb 9, Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a narrow win in Louisiana.
    (AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 2/10/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 3, In Washington state 3 new expensive homes went up in flames in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville. A spray painted sign was marked ELF, the initials of the Earth Liberation Front. 2 other homes had minor fire or smoke damage.
    (SFC, 3/4/08, p.A3)

2008        Mar 14, Robert Soloway (28), dubbed "the King of Spam," faced a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle to charges of fraud and tax evasion.
    (www.pcworld.com/article/id,143483-c,spam/article.html)

2008        Mar 21, Daniel Wortham (39), a plumber in Washington state, was killed by his daughter (16) and her boyfriend, Edmund Washington (17), after returning home from work. Prosecutors later said Jackie Wortham and her boyfriend used a baseball bat, knife, wrench and a 3-foot-long sword in the murder. In 2009 Jackie Wortham (18) was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nysn3y)(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)

2008        Apr, Colton Harris-Moore (17) escaped from a juvenile detention center in Washington state. He had logged his first criminal conviction at age 12 and continued to evade authorities with burglaries and robberies in Canada.
    (SSFC, 10/18/09, p.A17)

2008        Jun 25, Jerry Brown, California~ez_rsquo~s attorney general, sued Countrywide Financial for unfair business practices relating to home loan mortgages. Lisa madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, also filed suit against Countrywide, which is being acquired by Bank of America. The Washington State Dept. of Financial Institutions filed an administrative action against Countrywide alleging discriminatory lending practices.
    (SFC, 6/26/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/26/08, p.A3)

2008        Jul 1, Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee retailer, said it would close another 500 stores in America and reduce its work force by about 7%. The closure of 100 stores had been announced earlier this year. 70% of the stores to close were opened after 2005.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.74)

2008        Sep 2, In Washington state a shooting rampage in Skagit County left 6 people dead. The suspect, Isaac Zamora (28), was described as a person with a mental illness. He turned himself in at the sheriff~ez_rsquo~s office in Mount Vernon. Mental health experts later found Zamora to be incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 9/3/08, p.A4)(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A10)

2008        Sep 17, The Bush administration released $100 million in disaster relief to West coast salmon fisherman, $70 million less that was approved by Congress. About $63 million will go to California, $25 million to Oregon and $12 million to Washington state.
    (SFC, 9/18/08, p.A8)

2008        Sep 20, In Washington state Shawn Roe (36) killed police officer  Kristine Fairbanks (51) during a traffic stop. He has also killed Richard Ziegler (59), a retired California corrections employee, whose pickup he was driving. Roe was killed in a shootout with sheriff~ez_rsquo~s deputies.
    (SFC, 9/22/08, p.A3)

2008        Sep 25, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., and then sold the thrift's banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion. WaMu, founded in 1889, became the largest bank to fail by far in the country's history. Its $307 billion in assets eclipse the $40 billion of Continental Illinois National Bank, which failed in 1984.
    (AP, 9/26/08)

2008        Nov 1, Members of the Machinists Union, representing some 27,000 workers in Washington, Oregon, and Kansas, ratified a new contract with the Boeing Co. ending an 8-week strike.
    (SSFC, 11/2/08, p.A4)

2008        Nov 4, Washington voted for Barack Obama and became the 2nd state after Oregon to legalize assisted suicide.
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.48)

2008        The Seattle SuperSonics basketball team was renamed Thunder following a move to Oklahoma City. Ticket prices rose 34%.
    (SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A14)

2009        Jan 8, Flooding in the US Pacific Northwest led to mudslides and avalanches and closed 20 miles of I-5 between Olympia, Wa., and the Oregon line.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Feb 15, In Washington state a 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks at Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma. In March Army authorities charged Pvt. Timothy E. Bennitt (19) if the drug overdose of his girlfriend.
    (AP, 2/16/09)(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A8)

2009        Mar 11, VP Biden announced that Pres. Obama has chosen Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske as the nation~ez_rsquo~s new drug czar.
    (WSJ, 3/12/09, p.A1)

2009        Mar 17, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corp., printed its last newspaper edition. It will become exclusively Web-based as Seattlepi.com, making it the nation~ez_rsquo~s largest daily newspaper to move to online only.
    (SFC, 3/17/09, p.A8)

2009        Apr 4, In Washington state Pierce County deputies 15 miles southeast of Tacoma found four children murdered in their beds and the fifth slain in the bathroom. The four girls and the youngest child, a 7-year-old boy, apparently had been shot. Earlier in the day police found there father, James Harrison (34) dead in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. Harrison had just discovered that his wife was leaving him for another man.
    (AP, 4/5/09)(SFC, 4/6/09, p.A4)

2009        Apr 20, In Washington state former Tacoma elementary school teacher Jennifer Rice (33) was convicted of having sex with a student (10) and his brother (15).
    (SFC, 4/21/09, p.A6)

2009        May 3, In Thailand an American identified as Jill St. Onge (27) a bartender and artist from Seattle, died while staying at a popular destination for budget travelers. Norwegian Julie Michelle Bergheim (22) died the next day. Both died after suddenly falling ill within hours of each other at the Laleena guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

2009        May 21, Linda Fleming (66), a woman with late-stage pancreatic cancer, became the first person to kill herself under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, known as "death with dignity."
    (AP, 5/23/09)

2009        Jul 3, In Washington state federal agents said they have arrested 31 people and busted a drug trafficking ring that was directed by a cartel in Jalisco, Mexico. The 2-week Operation Arctic Chill seized 23 guns including a .50 Desert Eagle pistol and an AK-47-type assault rifle.
    (SFC, 7/4/09, p.A5)

2009        Jul 24, Isaiah M.K. Kalebu (23) was arrested for breaking into a Seattle home and stabbing 2 women, one fatally. Kalebu had a history of mental illness.
    (SSFC, 7/26/09, p.A12)

2009        Sep 12, Researchers reported finding dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington state.
    (AP, 9/12/09)

2009        Sep 17, In Washington state Phillip Arnold Paul (47), a criminally insane killer, escaped during a field trip to the Spokane County Fair that his mental hospital organized. Paul was committed after he was acquitted by reason of insanity in the 1987 slaying of an elderly woman, whose body he soaked in gasoline to throw off search dogs. Paul was re-captured on Sep 20.
    (AP, 9/19/09)(SFC, 9/21/09, p.A6)

2009        Oct 31, In Seattle, Wa., gunfire on a police patrol car killed police officer Timothy Brenton (39). He became the first city police officer killed in the line of duty since 2006. On Nov 6 suspect Christopher Monfort was shot by police as he drew a gun on officers investigating the death of Brenton. Monfort was in serious condition following surgery.
    (SFC, 11/2/09, p.A5)(SSFC, 11/8/09, p.A14)

2009        Nov 27, In China Justin Franchi Solondz, an American man wanted in the US on terrorism charges, was sentenced in Dali city, Yunnan province, for making illegal drugs. The FBI office in Seattle listed Solondz among its "most wanted." Charges in 2006 related to his alleged role in 2001 with the Earth Liberation Front. Solondz was accused of having a role in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University of Washington, as well as the destruction of several buildings in Oregon.
    (AP, 11/28/09)

2009        Nov 29, In Washington state Maurice Clemmons (37) shot and killed four police officers from the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood as they worked on their laptop computers in a coffee house at the beginning of their shifts in Parkland. On Dec 1 Clemmons was shot and killed by a lone patrolman investigating a stolen car. Four people were arrested for allegedly helping the suspect elude authorities during a massive two-day manhunt. Clemmons had been paroled in 2000 by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. 7 people were soon arrested for helping Clemmons elude capture.
    (AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/1/09)(SFC, 12/1/09, p.A10)(SFC, 12/5/09, p.A6)

2009        Dec 4, In Italy Amanda Knox of Seattle, Wa., was convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher (21), her British roommate on Nov 1, 2007. The conviction was announced at around midnight after 13 hours of deliberations. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison. The court also convicted Knox's co-defendant and former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, and gave him a 25-year jail term for the murder. Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen, had already been convicted in the murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/5/09)

2009        Dec 15, Boeing~ez_rsquo~s new 787 jetliner made its inaugural flight from Everett~ez_rsquo~s Paine Field, beginning an extensive testing program to obtain FAA certification.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.A12)

2010        Jan 5, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF overturned Washington state~ez_rsquo~s ban on voting by convicted felons. The ruling could extend ballots to prisoners in other states.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.C3)

2010        Jan 13, In Seattle, Washington Tohru Shigemura (71), a Japanese psychiatrist traveling the world as a big game hunter, was charged in connection with smuggling black bear gall bladders. He had pretended to be a US citizen to buy guns, which he used to kill 6 black bears in and around the Quinault Indian Reservation.
    (SFC, 1/14/10, p.A4)

2010        Jan 27, Claude Irwin Jr. (62) of Spokane, a fugitive lawyer accused of stealing millions of dollars in an Idaho real estate development, was been captured in Los Angeles after living for years in Mexico. In 1998 he vanished and left his Powderhorn Ridge Ranch development near Harrison, Idaho, owing at least $3 million.
    (AP, 1/28/10)

2010        Feb 8, Boeing Co.~ez_rsquo~s 250-foot 747-8 freighter, the biggest plane it has ever built, successfully completed its first flight from Paine Field, in Everett, Wash.
    (SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)

2010        Feb 26, In Washington state Jed Waits (30) shot and killed Jennifer Paulson (30), a special education teacher as she walked into her Tacoma elementary school classroom. Waits, who was apparently infatuated with Paulson, was killed in a shootout with a deputy.
    (SFC, 2/27/10, p.A5)

2010        Mar 9, Rodney Alcala (66), an amateur photographer, was convicted in southern California of killing a girl and 4 women between 1977 and 1979. The Santa Ana jury recommended a death penalty. Photographic evidence from a Seattle storage locker, rented before his arrest in 1979, linked him to at least one woman listed for decades as missing.
    (SFC, 3/11/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/17/10, p.C3)

2010        Apr 2, In Washington state an explosion at a Tesoro Corp. refinery killed 4 people in Anacortes, about 70 miles north of Seattle.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A5)

2010        Apr 16, US banking regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3 in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
    (SFC, 4/19/10, p.D3)

2010        May 25, In Washington state James Fogle was arrested for armed robbery at a pharmacy in Redmond. The 1989 film "Drug Store Cowboy" was based on a book by Fogle written while serving time in prison.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A8)

2010        Jul 2, The US Border Patrol in Washington State warned hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail they could face arrest, jail and a $5,000 fine if they cross the US-Canadian border improperly. The 2,650-mile trail stretches north from Mexico, crosses the US border in the Pasayten Wilderness and continues for about nine miles to Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia.
    (AP, 7/2/10)

2010        Jul 4, In the Bahamas fugitive Colton Harris-Moore (19), dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit," crash landed a stolen plane on Great Abaco Island, and eluded police. Harris-Moore, who grew up in the woods of Washington state's Camano Island, has been on the run since escaping from a halfway house more than two years ago. Colton Harris-Moore was arrested on July 11 in northern Eleuthera. He pleaded guilty on July 13 and was deported to face US charges. On June 17,2011, Colton pleaded guilty to 7 charges carrying a prison term of up to 6˝ years. On Dec 16 Harris-Moore was sentenced to over 7˝  years in prison. On Jan 27, 2012, a US district judge sentenced him to 6˝ years in prison, to run concurrent with the December ruling. 
    (AP, 7/9/10)(AP, 7/11/10)(AP, 7/13/10)(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.A7)(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A7)

2010        Aug 30, In Seattle, Wa., John Williams, a Native American homeless woodcarver, was shot and killed by police officer Ian Birk, who had ordered him to drop his small knife. The shooting was later ruled unjustified, but prosecutors said they would not file criminal charges.
    (SFC, 2/28/11, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/4tdpxa3)

2010        Sep 10, In Washington state convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown (52) was executed for the 1991 rape, torture and murder of Holly Washa (21) of Seattle. This was the state~ez_rsquo~s first execution since 2001 and the 78th in the state~ez_rsquo~s history.
    (SFC, 9/11/10, p.A4)(www.fejoe.com/cal-coburn-brown/)

2010        Sep 23, In Seattle, Wa., Saroeun Phan shot and killed 3 members of her family and then killed herself. Relatives said she suffered from depression and schizophrenia.
    (SFC, 9/25/10, p.A4)

2011        Jan 1, In Puerto Rico Justino Sanchez Diaz (48) attacked his family with gasoline and a blowtorch. 2 of his victims soon died from their wounds and Diaz was charged with murder. The mother of Diaz and Jesus Sanchez 4th died of their injuries on Jan 4. On Jan 6 Kate Donahue (25) of Seattle, who was engaged to Sanchez, died of her injuries. On Jan 29 Nereida Vazquez, who had been in an induced coma for weeks, died of a lung infection brought on by her injuries. In September Diaz was convicted of killing 6 people and was sentenced to 198 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(AP, 9/26/11)

2011        Jan 19, Peter Egner (b.1922), an alleged member of a WWII Nazi death squad, died in Seattle, Wa., of natural causes.
    (SFC, 2/2/11, p.A4)

2011        Jan 23, In Port Orchard, Washington, a shootout at a Walmart killed 2 people and wounded 2 sheriff~ez_rsquo~s deputies. Anthony Martinez (31) of Salt Lake City was identified as the shooter that also left 2 officers wounded.
    (SFC, 1/24/11, p.A4)(SFC, 1/25/11, p.A6)

2011        Apr 13, Edin Dzeko (39) of Washington state was arrested for extraction to Bosnia for his alleged participation in the massacre of Croatian civilians in the village of Trusina as a member of a Bosnian army unit in April, 1993. 16 civilians and at least 4 disarmed soldiers were killed in the village.
    (SFC, 4/14/11, p.A5)

2011        May 12, In Washington state Hana Williams (~13), an adopted girl from Ethiopia, was found dead in the backyard of the family home in Sedro-Woolley, about 60 miles north of Seattle. An autopsy found she died of hypothermia, with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors. On Sep 9, 2013, Larry and Carri Williams were convicted of manslaughter and faced long prison terms.
    (AP, 10/29/13)

2011        Jun 22, In Seattle Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, aka Frederick Domingue Jr., were arrested in an FBI sting after they arrived at a warehouse to pick up machine guns for an attack on a military recruiting station.
    (SFC, 6/24/11, p.A10)

2011        Aug 16, Seattle voters approved a measure to build the biggest ever deep bore tunnel to carry cars past the city~ez_rsquo~s downtown. The $1.9 billion tunnel would be part of a $3.1 billion project to demolish a 2-level viaduct on the scenic waterfront.
    (SFC, 8/18/11, p.A8)

2011        Sep 8, In Washington state hundreds of longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute. The blockade appeared to defy a federal restraining order issued last week against the union after it was accused of assaults and death threats.
    (AP, 9/8/11)

2011        Sep 17, In Washington state America~ez_rsquo~s largest ever dam renewal project began on the Elwha River. It was dammed in 1914.
    (Econ, 10/1/11, p.35)

2011        Sep 28, In Everett, Washington, Leslie Pedersen (69), the stepmother of David Joseph Pedersen was found stabbed to death. On Oct 5 DJ Pedersen (31) and girlfriend Holly Grigsby (24) were arrested in California. Grigsby later admitted to killing Leslie. They were also charged with killing Christian Cody Myers, a 19-year-old Oregon jazz fan on his way to a music festival. The pair also killed DJ~ez_rsquo~s father, David Jones Pedersen, as well as Alan Clark (54), found dead on Oct 7 in northern California. In 2012 federal racketeering charges were filed in Oregon against David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby alleging that their rampage was part of a white supremacist campaign.
    (SFC, 10/6/11, p.A7)(AP, 10/10/11)(SFC, 10/11/11, p.A6)(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Oct 21, Hertz said it is firing 25 Somali Muslim drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who have refused to agree to clock out for daily breaks during which they normally pray. 9 of 34 drivers have signed the agreement and returned to their jobs.
    (AP, 10/21/11)

2011        Nov 6, In Washington state Julia Biryukova told investigators that her 2-year-old son, Sky Metalwala, vanished in Bellevue after she left him sleeping in her unlocked car after she ran out of gas. Police found that there was enough gas to run a considerable distance.
    (SFC, 11/9/11, p.A6)(SFC, 11/10/11, p.A10)

2011        Nov 8, Washington state voters approved plans to privatize the states 328 liquor outlets and open the business to warehouse stores and supermarkets.
    (Econ, 11/19/11, p.43)

2011        Nov 15, In Seattle, Washington, a downtown march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement turned briefly chaotic as police scattered a crowd of rowdy protesters, including a pregnant 19-year-old and an 84-year-old activist, with blasts of pepper spray.
    (AP, 11/16/11)

2011        Dec 12, In Washington state 2 reconnaissance helicopters crashed during training near Tacoma killing all 4 people on board.
    (SFC, 12/14/11, p.A8)

2011        Dec 20, In Spokane, Washington, Kevin Harpham (37) was sentenced to 32 years in prison for planting a poison-laced bomb last January 17 along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route.
    (SFC, 12/21/11, p.A8)

2011        Dec 23, Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes as they went on sale in Tukwila.
    (AP, 12/23/11)

2012        Jan 1, Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson (34) was fatally shot following a routine traffic stop, and authorities closed the 368-square-mile (953-square-km) park in Washington state as they searched for the gunman. On Jan 2 a plane searching for Benjamin Colton Barnes (24), an armed Iraq War veteran, discovered his body lying partially submerged in an icy, snowy mountain creek with snow banks standing several feet high.
    (AP, 1/1/12)(AP, 1/2/12)

2012        Jan 28, Washington state wildlife officials said 8 sea lions have been found shot dead in recent weeks.
    (SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A8)

2012        Feb 5, Josh Powell, under investigation for the 2009 disappearance in Utah of his wife, Susan Powell, was killed with his two sons, Charles (7) and Braden (5), in a fire at his home in Graham, Washington. Police said he set the fire intentionally just after receiving his sons for what was to be a supervised visit.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A6)

2012        Feb 10, In Spokane, Washington, Tracy Ann Ader and her two sons, 8 & 10, were killed. The body of suspect Dustin Gilman (22) was found on Feb 13. The Aders had befriended him and he had lived with the family for several months.
    (SFC, 2/14/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/73zjz2p)

2012        Feb 13, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a measure that makes his state the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage, effective June 7. Opponents almost immediately filed a referendum to challenge the new law, meaning voters likely will have the final say.
    (AP, 2/14/12)

2012        Feb 19, In Washington state 4 people were killed in avalanches at two ski resorts.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A6)

2012        Mar 3, In Washington state Mitt Romney led the Republican primary with 37% of the vote, followed by Ron Paul with 25%, Rick Santorum with 24%, and Newt Gingrich with 11%. None of the state's 43 delegates were awarded.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.A10)

2012        Mar 9, In Washington state a man stabbed judge and shot a sheriff~ez_rsquo~s deputy in a courthouse struggle in Montesano. Steven Daniel Kravitz (35) was arrested the next day. The judge and deputy were treated at a hospital and released.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)

2012        Mar 10, A 70-foot fishing trawler from Oregon, the Lady Cecelia, reported distress off the Washington state coast. All 4 crewmen were missing and believed drowned.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/12, p.A7)

2012        Mar, Washington state began auctioning the licenses to 167 liquor stores it runs. By June 1 it will be out the liquor business altogether.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.33)

2012        Apr 22, In North Bend, Washington state, two women were found dead in a house fire. Both were shot to death. Peter Keller (41), who had shared the house with his wife and daughter, was sought as a person of interest. On April 28 after a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off a mountain bunker near Seattle, only to find Keller dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    (SFC, 4/24/12, p.A4)(AP, 4/28/12)

2012        Apr 24, At the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wa., the Planetary Resources firm announced a plan to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth. The company was founded by peter Diamandis, instigator of the X Prize.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.81)

2012        May 30, In Seattle, Wa., Ian Lee Stawicki (40) shot dead 4 people at the Café Racer and then hijacked a car killing the driver, a mother of two. Stawicki, a man with mental problems, shot himself in the head as police closed in on him later in the afternoon.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.38)

2012        Jun 16, US border agents in Washington state arrested Travis Brandon Baumgartner (21), a Canadian fugitive, suspected of shooting to death 3 fellow security guards and wounding a fourth in a bloody armored-car heist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 6/16/12)

2012        Jun 19, Washington state authorities said Ricky Charles Goodrich (54) of Novato, Ca., has been charged with stealing $380,000 from Pearl Jam, a Seattle grunge band. He stole from the band from 2006 until 2010, when he was fired from his position as chief financial officer.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.C3)

2012        Aug 16, A solar powered toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity won a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in Seattle, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    (SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)

2012        Aug 23, James Fogle, author of ~ez_ldquo~Drugstore Cowboy,~ez_rdquo~ died in prison in Washington state. His autobiographical crime novel led to a 1989 film starring Matt Dillon.
    (SFC, 8/25/12, p.A5)

2012        Sep 10, Edwin Wilson (b.1928), former US spy and tycoon, died in Seattle. He had worked for the CIA but was arrested in 1982 for selling 20 tons of explosives to Libya. He was sentenced to 52 years in prison for smuggling arms and plotting to murder his wife. He served 22 years. The 1986 book ~ez_ldquo~Manhunt~ez_rdquo~ by Peter Maas was about Mr. Wilson.
    (SSFC, 9/23/12, p.C10)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.98)

2012        Oct 16, A gunman in a van shot and critically wounded a female Canadian border officer at the main crossing between Washington state and British Columbia, then immediately killed himself.
    (AP, 10/17/12)

2012        Oct 24, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian arrested in Washington state in 1999 after crossing the border from Canada with explosives, was sentenced to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles Int~ez_rsquo~l. Airport.
    (SFC, 10/25/12, p.A7)

2012        Nov 6, Washington state approved I-501, a measure establishing a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores where adults could buy up to an ounce of marijuana.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.25)

2012        Nov 27, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered state agencies to take steps to address the ocean~ez_rsquo~s increasing acidity, making it the first state to adopt a policy to address what scientists called a growing environmental concern.
    (SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)

2012        Nov 29, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin (39), a Canadian citizen and environmental radical, turned herself in to the FBI at border in Blaine, Washington. She was part of a cell in Eugene, Oregon, known as the Family, and was sought for setting fires at a Vail ski resort and a lumber mill in Medford, Oregon.
    (SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)

2013        Jan 1, Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

2013        Feb 22, US federal and Washington state officials said six underground tanks at Hanford, that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, are leaking.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Mar 9, In Renton, Washington, Robert Taylor (82) and his wife Norma (80) were killed in an overnight attack. Michael Boysen (26), their grandson recently released from prison, was suspected of their murder. Boysen was captured with a self-inflicted cut in a hotel room on March 12.
    (SFC, 3/12/13, p.A4)(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Mar 11, A US Naval A-6B Prowler crashed into a farm filed some miles outside of Spokane, Washington. All 3 crew members were killed.
    (SFC, 3/12/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 25, Pres. Obama signed a proclamation using the Antiquities Act to preserve some 1,000 acres of the San Juan Islands, Washington state, as a national monument.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.P6)

2013        Apr 8, In Washington state Walli Mujahidh (34), arrested on June 22, 2011, was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to chrages including conspiracy to use weapons of mass deastruction. A 2nd man, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A5)

2013        Apr 21, In Federal Way, Washington, Dennis Clark III (28) killed his live-in girlfriend at an apartment complex and then fatally shot 3 other men. Clark was shot by police and died at the scene.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.A3)

2013        May 1, Washington state police used "flash bangs" and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle. 18 people were arrested.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

2013        May 14, In Washington state two letters containing the deadly poison ricin were intercepted in Spokane. On May 22 Matthew Ryan Buquet (37) was arrested and accused of mailing the letters.
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A10)

2013        May 23, In northern Washington an I-5 bridge over the Skagit river collapsed, dumping 2 vehicles and 3 people into the water. There were no fatalities.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(SFC, 5/24/13, p.A9)

2013        Jun 5, In Washington state  Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (39), charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages on March 11, 2012, pleaded guilty then described shooting each victim, telling a military judge he has asked himself "a million times" why he did it.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jun 20, In eastern Washington state a routine inspection at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity under a tank holding radioactive waste.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A4)

2013        Aug 22, In Spokane, Wa., Delbert Belton (88), a WWII veteran, died a day after he was robbed and beaten in his car by two 16-year-old boys. Suspect Demetrius Glenn surrendered. Suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard was arrested on Aug 26.
    (SFC, 8/24/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 29, The US Justice Dept. said that states can let people use marijuana, license people to grow it and allow adults to buy it, as long as it is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property. Attorney-General Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the Dept. of Justice would not seek to block their experiments. 
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A6)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.30)

2013        Oct 16, Washington became the 2nd state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana. Initiative 522, a measure requiring retail outlets to label genetically modified (GM) food, failed. A $15 minimum wage was approved in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/o7zmnsa)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.35)

2013        Oct 18, Tom Foley (b.1929), former US House Speaker, died. The Democrat from Spokane, Wa., had served 30 years in the House before he was booted from office in 1994 as Republicans seized control of Congress.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 28, The governors of California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction goals.
    (SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)

2014        Jan 19, The Seattle Seahawks defeated the SF 49ers 23-17 for the NFC championship.
    (SFC, 1/20/14, p.A)

2014        Feb 2, The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII played in New Jersey.
    (SFC, 2/3/14, p.B1)

2014        Feb 11, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said he was suspending the use of the death penalty for as long as he~ez_rsquo~s in office.
    (SFC, 2/12/14, p.A4)

2014        Mar 5, Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license. 334 retail licenses were expected to be issued state-wide.
    (SFC, 3/6/14, p.A7)

2014        Mar 7, In Washington state some 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma went on a hunger strike to protest deportations and conditions at the center.
    (SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A9)

2014        Mar 18, In Washington state a news helicopter crashed near Seattle~ez_rsquo~s Space Needle killing pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO-TV photographer Bill Strothman.
    (SFC, 3/19/14, p.A7)

2014        Mar 22, In Washington state a rain-drenched landslide hit midday near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. 27 people were believed killed with 30 left missing. At least six homes were destroyed when the slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. On July 22 searchers pulled the last missing body from the landslide that killed 43.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters, 3/27/14)(AFP, 3/30/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)

2014        Apr 2, In Washington state the official death toll from the March 22 mudslide, based on the number of victims' remains sent to the coroner's office, rose to 29, up from 28 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 7, In Washington state the death toll from the March 22 mudslide rose to 33 with 12 people still missing. As of April 17 all 39 recovered victims were identified and 4 remained missing.
    (SFC, 4/8/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A7)

2014        Apr 22, Pres. Obama took an aerial tour of Oso, Wa., where at least 41 people were killed in a mudslide on March 22. Afterwards he spoke at the Oso Fire Dept.
    (SFC, 4/22/14, p.A7)

2014        May 28, In Washington state six climbers on Mount Rainer were believed dead after falling some 3,300 feet.
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A10)

2014        Jun 2, In Washington state the Seattle City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest municipal minimum in the country.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A12)

2014        Jun 5, In Washington state a lone gunmen, Aaron Ybarra (26) opened fire at the Otto Miller Hall of Seattle Pacific Univ. Building monitor John Meis (22) and several people jumped on him until police arrived. Wounded student Paul Lee (19) died at Harborview Medical Center.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)

2014        Jul 7, Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses.
    (SFC, 7/8/14, p.A5)

2014        Jul 8, In Washington state the Mills Canyon Fire broke out near the tiny eastern town of Entiat, in Chelan County. By July 11 it burnt 18,000 acres and threatened over 200 homes.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)

2014        Jul 18, In Washington state the Carlton Complex of fires destroyed some 100 homes in the Okanagan County town of Pateros. Gov. Jay Inslee said some 50 fires were burning in the state beset by dry weather and lightning. By July 26 the number of homes destroyed was raised to 300. It now covered some 400 square miles and was half contained.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A5)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A8)

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