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Seattle Great Wheel begins spinning on June 29, 2012.

On June 29, 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel opens to the public on the Seattle central waterfront. Located at the end of Pier 57, the 175-foot-high ride features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that can ...

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To mark the 10th year of the Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards, 10 awards are presented on August 31, 2012.

On August 31, 2012, Li Hengda (b. 1963), Buster Simpson (b. 1942), Olivier Wevers, Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio, KEXP 90.3 FM, Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Three Dolla...

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Eric Liu completes two five-year terms on the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees on September 26, 2012.

On September 26, 2012, author, educator, and civic leader Eric Liu (b. 1968) brings to a close 10-plus years as a Seattle Public Library board member. Also an executive and a former presidential speec...

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Washington voters approve same-sex marriage, legalize recreational marijuana, and support re-election of President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.

In the election of November 6, 2012, Washington voters make history as the state becomes one of the first three to enact marriage equality by popular vote, and one of two to legalize recreational mari...

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Newcastle Library opens on December 8, 2012.

On December 8, 2012, the community of Newcastle, tucked between Bellevue and Renton just east of Lake Washington, celebrates the opening of a new library with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The...

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Seattle's Museum of History and Industry reopens in former Naval Reserve Armory on December 29, 2012.

On December 29, 2012, the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) reopens in its new South Lake Union location, 60 years after it first welcomed visitors in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood. Displaced f...

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Buster Simpson's commission to create public art for Seattle's massive waterfront redevelopment is announced on January 9, 2013.

On January 9, 2013, Buster Simpson (b. 1942) is named as the first of five artists commissioned to create permanent public artworks on Seattle's central waterfront, which is undergoing a major years-l...

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I-5 Skagit River Bridge at Mount Vernon collapses on May 23, 2013.

At about 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, while crossing the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge at Mount Vernon, a tractor-trailer's oversized load dings part of the truss and the northernmost truss sp...

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Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is published on June 4, 2013.

On June 4, 2013, Viking Penguin publishes The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (b. 1951). With Spokane native Joe Rantz ...

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Hibulb Village interpretive signs are dedicated in Everett on June 5, 2013.

On June 5, 2013, about 50 people gather in Everett's Legion Park Overlook at 145 Alverson Boulevard to dedicate signs honoring the Native people who once inhabited the site and describing life in and ...

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Tunnel boring machine named Bertha begins digging new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle on July 30, 2013.

On July 30, 2013, Seattle Tunnel Partners begins digging a new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle using a tunnel-boring machine named Bertha. The machine is to dig a 57.5-foot-diameter ...

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MV Sanpoil makes maiden voyage across Columbia River on August 14, 2013.

On August 14, 2013, the MV Sanpoil is christened on Lake Roosevelt and makes its inaugural voyage between Lincoln and Ferry counties on the Keller Ferry run across the Columbia River. The newer, large...

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