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Washington Department of Ecology gives Spokane environmental activist Julian Powers the Environmental Excellence Award for his work on global warming on February 3, 2012.

On February 3, 2012, the Washington Department of Ecology gives Spokane environmental activist Julian Powers (b. 1926) the Environmental Excellence Award for his work on global warming. This award, th...

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The John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole, in honor of a slain Native American woodcarver, is erected at Seattle Center on February 26, 2012.

On February 26, 2012, the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole, in honor of a slain Native American woodcarver, is erected at Seattle Center. Over 100 people carry the pole from Pier 57 to its designa...

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Seattle Theatre Group's Historic Theatres Library is dedicated on March 1, 2012.

On March 1, 2012, the Seattle Theatre Group's (STG) Historic Theatres Library, located in the Paramount Building at 901 Pine Street, opens to the public. It is 84 years to the day after the Seattle (l...

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Next 50 celebration starts its six-month run with opening day ceremonies at Seattle Center on April 21, 2012.

On April 21, 2012, the six-month Next 50 celebration kicks off opening day festivities at Seattle Center, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, also known as the Century 21 Ex...

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First annual Seattle Science Festival kicks off with Science Expo Day on June 2, 2012.

On June 2, 2012, the first annual Seattle Science festival starts with Science Expo Day on the grounds of Seattle Center. The month-long festival will feature displays and programs on science, technol...

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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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