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Columbia Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after remodeling on August 22, 2004.

On August 22, 2004, the Columbia Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens at 4721 Rainier Avenue S after remodeling. In order to respect and preserve the historic character of the original 1911 bu...

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Tim Summers, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Sub Pop Records, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, and The Seattle Foundation receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 3, 2004.

On September 3, 2004, Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) presents the second annual Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards at Seattle Center as part of the opening ceremonies for the Bumbershoot music and arts festiva...

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Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki breaks the major league record for hits in a season on October 1, 2004.

On October 1, 2004, Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (b. 1973) hits three singles to break an 84-year-old major league record and electrify a packed house at Safeco Field. That night he tops ...

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Linda Buck named recipient of Nobel Prize in "Medicine or Physiology" on October 4, 2004.

On October 4, 2004, Linda Buck (b. 1947), of Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is named a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology. Buck shares the award with Richard Ax...

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Seattle Storm wins WNBA championship on October 12, 2004.

On October 12, 2004, the Seattle Storm wins the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship, becoming only the third professional sports team in the city's history to earn a national t...

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King County Council approves controversial Critical Areas Ordinance on October 25, 2004.

On October 25, 2004, the King County Council approves three controversial ordinances, known collectively as the Critical Areas Ordinance or CAO, that limit rural development, in an effort to protect t...

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Christine Gregoire wins nation's closest-ever governor's race after recounts and a court battle while Washington voters re-elect Senator Patty Murray and favor John Kerry for president on November 2, 2004.

On November 2, 2004, Washington voters produce the closest governor's race in United States history as they split virtually evenly between Democratic Attorney General Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) and ...

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Historical court clears Chief Leschi's name on December 10, 2004.

On December 10, 2004, a special state historical court clears Nisqually Chief Leschi (1808-1858) of murder charges. Chief Leschi was hanged in 1858 for allegedly murdering Col. A. Benton Moses. At the...

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Allen Institute for Brain Science launches its Brain Atlas on December 13, 2004.

On December 13, 2004, the Allen Institute for Brain Science launches its Allen Brain Atlas, an online resource available to the public. The first batch of released data maps the location of nearly 2,0...

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WSDOT abandons Hood Canal bridge graving dock project located on site of Klallam Indian village and cemetery on December 21, 2004.

On December 21, 2004, Washington Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and Governor Gary Locke announce that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is ending construction of a ...

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Puyallup Tribe's New Emerald Queen Casino opens in Fife on December 29, 2004.

On December 29, 2004, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians' new Emerald Queen Casino opens in Fife in northern Pierce County, following reduction in road access to the original paddlewheel riverboat casino l...

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Snohomish County Fire District absorbs Mountlake Terrace Fire Department on January 1, 2005.

On January 1, 2005, the Snohomish County Fire District takes over the operation and management of the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department, formally ending the existence of a fire department that was nea...

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