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Jimi Hendrix's childhood home is moved from Seattle's Central Area to Renton on September 11, 2005.

On September 11, 2005, the childhood home of the rock star Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is moved from Seattle's Central Area to Renton. The move ends a four-year struggle over the house between the City o...

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Spokane celebrates the opening of the reconstructed Monroe Street Bridge beginning on September 16, 2005.

On the weekend of September 16-18, 2005, Spokane celebrates the opening of the reconstructed Monroe Street Bridge, which spans the dramatic Spokane River gorge. The new bridge faithfully replicates th...

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Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson defeat fellow King County Councilmembers in contested primaries on September 20, 2005.

On September 20, 2005, four members of the Metropolitan King County Council square off in two contested primaries, one Republican and one Democratic, to decide who will be eliminated from the council....

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Tri-Cities celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition beginning on October 14, 2005.

From October 14 through 17, 2005, the Tri-Cities celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had explored the area 200 years before, in 1805. Peop...

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Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $3,883,201 expansion project on October 22, 2005.

On October 22, 2005, the Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $3,883,201 expansion project. Located at 12501 28th Avenue NE, it is the 17th project completed as part of "Libra...

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Voters ban indoor smoking, require performance audits, reject dueling malpractice initiatives, and pull the plug on the monorail on November 8, 2005.

On November 8, 2005, Washington voters overwhelmingly approve a sweeping ban on smoking indoors (and near doorways), and authorize performance audits of government agencies. Two initiatives proposing...

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Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West on December 6, 2005.

On December 6, 2005, Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West (1951-2006) from office by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent in a special single-question election. Ten days later, the election will be ce...

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Strict anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state on December 8, 2005.

On December 8, 2005, a new anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state, banning smoking in all public places and work areas and requiring people who light up to stay at least 25 feet away fr...

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The Future of Flight Aviation Center opens at Paine Field (Mukilteo) on December 16, 2005.

On December 16, 2005, the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field in Mukilteo opens its doors to the public. With an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by Governor Christine Gregoir...

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Weyerhaeuser's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes on December 22, 2005.

On December 22, 2005, Weyerhaeuser Company's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes after 81 years of operation. Eighty-three employees, some of them third-generation sawmill workers, lose their jobs. A...

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Two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine on January 24, 2006.

On January 24, 2006, two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine. The suspects, wanted in a murder case in Richmond, California, flee northbound on Interstat...

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Governor Christine Gregoire signs bill extending civil rights laws to gays and lesbians on January 31, 2006.

On January 31, 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) signs a law that adds "sexual orientation" to existing prohibitions on discrimination in employment, housing, lending, and insurance. The si...

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