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On August 11, 1774, the Spanish ship Santiago was emerging from a persistent coastal fog when the crew spotted a towering mountain on the far shore. Captain Juan Perez dubbed it Cerro Nevada de Santa Rosalia, giving the first European place name to a feature of the future Washington state. After Spain ceded the region to Britain in 1790, Perez's peak was renamed Mount Olympus and the mountain chain of which it is a part became the Olympics.
On August 9, 1873, Thomas Prosch began publishing Tacoma's first newspaper, the Pacific Tribune. Prosch later became publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Another noteworthy newspaper event this week in history occurred on August 10, 1896, when The Seattle Times published its first edition to be edited by the paper's new co-owner, Alden J. Blethen.
In 1895 Mark Twain embarked on a year-long national lecture tour to help pay off massive business debts incurred during the Panic of 1893. On August 13 he regaled a large Seattle audience in a performance the Post-Intelligencer called a "continuous laugh." The following evening he spoke in New Whatcom (now Bellingham) and later joined some of the audience at a nearby club for drinks and cigars.
On August 9, 1936, Lee Orr of Monroe placed fifth in the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, an event won by Jesse Owens. And on August 14, the University of Washington rowing crew -- propelling a George Pocock shell -- won a gold medal. In 2013 the crew was immortalized in Daniel James Brown's award-winning book, The Boys in the Boat.
On August 10, 1969, hundreds of teens clashed with police at Alki Beach in West Seattle. The following night the battle shifted to the University District and turned "the Ave" into an intergenerational war zone before neighborhood volunteers enforced a tense truce on August 15. Attorney and civic leader Cal McCune helped to restore peace to the neighborhood, which led to Seattle's first street fair the following year.
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