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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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Seattle Seahawks play in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2006.

On February 5, 2006, the Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XL (No. 40), marking their first appearance in the National Football League’s championship game. They face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Det...

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East Lake Sammamish Trail officially opens on March 21, 2006.

On March 21, 2006, after years of controversy and litigation delays, King County officially opens the central seven miles of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The 11-mile trail runs from the end of the ...

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Kyle Huff shoots and kills six people at a rave afterparty in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on March 25, 2006.

On March 25, 2006, Kyle Huff opens fire at a rave afterparty held at 2112 E Republican Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Six people are killed and two are wounded. Police officer Steve L...

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Some 15,000 Latinos and others march in Seattle to protest House Bill 4437 on April 10, 2006.

On April 10, 2006, more than 15,000 people, mostly Latinos, converge from across the state to march through the streets of Seattle to protest a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 4...

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Thousands march streets of Seattle and Yakima in support of immigrants' rights on May 1, 2006.

On May 1, 2006, thousands of people march the streets of Seattle and Yakima in support of immigrants' rights in some of the largest marches in recent history. The march, characterized as "the day with...

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The exhibit Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey opens at Tacoma Art Museum on May 27, 2006.

On May 27, 2006, a major exhibit of work by ceramics artist Akio Takamori (1950-2017) opens at the Tacoma Art Museum. Titled Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey, it includes w...

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U.S. government shields loggers from the Endangered Species Act if they comply with the Habitat Conservation Plan on June 5, 2006.

On June 5, 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve Washington's Habitat Conservation Plan enacted by the State Legislature in 1999. Under the plan, p...

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Intiman Theatre Artistic Director Bartlett Sher and Managing Director Laura Penn accept the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 11, 2006.

On June 11, 2006, Intiman Theatre Artistic Director Bartlett Sher (b. 1959) and Managing Director Laura Penn (b. 1961) accept the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award at Radio City Music Hall in New York ...

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Port of Tacoma demolishes landmark Kaiser smokestack on July 2, 2006.

On July 2, 2006, the 500-foot Kaiser Aluminum smokestack -- 38-year fixture on the Tacoma waterfront -- is demolished to make room for Port of Tacoma expansion of marine terminals along the Blair Wate...

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Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and City of Seattle sign settlement agreement, resolving lawsuit over city's plans for Cedar River Watershed, on July 6, 2006.

On July 6, 2006, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the City of Seattle sign the Muckleshoot Settlement Agreement. The agreement resolves the issues raised in a 2003 lawsuit challenging the city's Cedar...

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Officials break ground for Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar on July 7, 2006.

On July 7, 2006, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) ceremonially welds the first rail of the planned South Lake Union Streetcar line between downtown Seattle and Lake Union. U.S. Senator Patty Murra...

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