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Washington voters reject Referendum 51 transportation-tax package, approve $30 car tab limit, and re-elect the state's U.S. Representatives on November 5, 2002.

On November 5, 2002, Washington voters soundly reject the state Legislature's Referendum 51 transportation plan and gas-tax increase while narrowly approving Tim Eyman's Initiative 776, which caps sta...

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State Senator Jim West from Spokane is named Senate majority leader on November 15, 2002.

On November 15, 2002, state Senator Jim West (1951-2006) from Spokane is named Senate majority leader. In the previous session, West had been the Senate minority leader, but in the fall elections the ...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues a permit for filling wetlands in connection with Sea-Tac International Airport's third runway on December 13, 2002.

On December 13, 2002, the United States Army Corps of Engineers issues to the Port of Seattle a 404 Permit to begin filling wetlands within the area designated for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport...

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Former Washington residents Michael Anderson and William McCool, and five fellow astronauts, die when space shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry on February 1, 2003.

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia breaks up over Texas during its return to Cape Kennedy from a 16-day scientific mission in orbit. All seven astronauts aboard perish, including pilot US...

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Tens of thousands march in Seattle and other cities to protest war against Iraq on February 15, 2003.

On February 15, 2003, thousands of citizens join an enormous march from Seattle Center to the International District to protest plans for war against Iraq. Estimates of the number of Seattle participa...

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An Israeli military bulldozer driver kills Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, on March 16, 2003.

On March 16, 2003, at approximately 4:45 p.m., an Israeli army bulldozer runs over Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who stood in the way of...

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Spokane Valley instantly becomes Washington's ninth largest city when incorporation becomes official on March 31, 2003.

On March 31, 2003, Spokane Valley instantly becomes the state's ninth largest city when incorporation becomes official. The new city, which encompasses a number of communities and districts between Sp...

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Seattle pioneer Doc Maynard's gravestone in Seattle's Lake View Cemetery is rededicated on April 19, 2003.

On April 19, 2003, a new headstone is dedicated atop the grave of David S. "Doc" Maynard (1808-1873) at Seattle's Lake View Cemetery. Efforts to replace the old stone, which had become weathered over ...

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Seattle designates the 1962 Monorail as an historic landmark on April 16, 2003.

On April 16, 2003, the Monorail, the popular elevated train built for the 1962 World's Fair, is designated as an official Historic Landmark by a unanimous vote of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Bo...

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Berthusen Park's barn and privy are listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 22, 2003.

On April 22, 2003, an enormous century-old barn and a privy built inside a hollowed-out cedar stump, both located in Berthusen Park three miles northwest of Lynden in Whatcom County near the Canadian ...

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Prize-winning playwright August Wilson premieres autobiographical solo show How I Learned What I Learned at Seattle Repertory Theatre on May 22, 2003.

On May 22, 2003, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) premieres his autobiographical solo show, How I Learned What I Learned, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It is Wilson's on...

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Longview dedicates Weyerhaeuser Centennial Bridge on May 28, 2003.

On May 28, 2003, the City of Longview, in Cowlitz County, dedicates the Weyerhaeuser Centennial Bridge. Also called the Centennial Garden Pedestrian Bridge, the wooden structure connects a small islan...

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