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Last coal mine in Washington closes on November 27, 2006.

On November 27, 2006, the TransAlta open-pit coal mine near Centralia, the last coal mine in Washington, ceases operation. Approximately 550 people are laid off, with their pay and benefits continued ...

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Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm ravages Western Washington beginning on December 14, 2006.

From the night of Thursday, December 14, through Friday, December 15, 2006, a gale-force windstorm ravages Washington, leaving millions of state residents without electric power. Fourteen people will ...

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the Edmonds Center for the Arts on January 4, 2007.

On January 4, 2007, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is one of several events whose purpose is to formally dedicate the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Previous events -- beginning with a Cascade...

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Claudia Kauffman is sworn in to the Washington State Senate on January 8, 2007.

On January 8, 2007, Claudia Kauffman (b. 1959) takes the oath of office as a state senator representing the 47th District. She is the first Native American woman to serve in the Washington State Senat...

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Seattle Art Museum opens its Olympic Sculpture Park with a two-day celebration beginning on January 20, 2007.

On January 20 and 21, 2007, the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park opens to the public with a community-wide free celebration. Located on land formerly used by Unocal (Union Oil of California...

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BlackPast.org is launched on February 1, 2007.

On February 1, 2007, the BlackPast.org website is launched. BlackPast.org is an online reference and encyclopedia of African American history that includes biographies of both famous and lesser-known ...

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For heroic acts in the 1965 battle of Ia Drang, Bruce P. Crandall receives the Medal of Honor on February 26, 2007.

On February 26, 2007, President George W. Bush (b. 1946) presents retired Lieutenant Colonel Bruce P. Crandall (b. 1933) of Manchester, Kitsap County, with the Medal of Honor. The ceremony in the East...

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Remodeled Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens on March 10, 2007.

On March 10, 2007, the Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens after a $6.25 million remodel and expansion. The original 1961 building now features 15,000 square feet of space, 32 compu...

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Rebecca Griego is killed on the University of Washington campus on April 2, 2007.

On the morning of Monday, April 2, 2007, the deranged ex-boyfriend of University of Washington employee Rebecca Jane Griego (1981-2007) kills her at the UW’s Gould Hall before fatally shooting himse...

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Walla Walla sweet onions become Washington's official state vegetable on April 20, 2007.

On April 20, 2007, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signs House bill No. 1556 designating Walla Walla sweet onions the state's official vegetable. Passed unanimously by the House and by a 42-3 ...

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Communications Department faculty open 50-year-old time capsule and find bawdy items at University of Washington in Seattle on April 26, 2007.

On April 26, 2007, faculty members of the University of Washington Department of Communications open a time capsule that was sealed within the walls of the Communication Building in 1957. Attendees at...

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Seattle newspapers settle legal dispute, extending their Joint Operating Agreement, on April 15, 2007.

On April 15, 2007, The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer settle a four-year-old legal dispute and agree to extend their Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) for at least nine years. The sett...

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