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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

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Coughing Cessation

On February 15, 1909, concerned citizens founded the Anti-Tuberculosis League of King County. The league later received some of the profits from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, which helped fund a municipal tuberculosis hospital -- later renamed Firland Sanatorium -- near Shoreline.

Forced Relocation

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 directing the relocation of all people of Japanese descent on the West Coast, including U.S. citizens, to inland camps. The internment uprooted thousands of Washington residents from Bainbridge Island to Seattle, to the Yakima Valley, to Spokane.

Crash Devastation

On February 18, 1943, a horrific plane crash occurred in Seattle when a strange-looking aircraft crashed into the Frye Meatpacking plant north of Boeing field. Eleven crewmembers died, along with 19 workers on the ground, and in the resulting fire much of the plant's livestock was killed. Although the event could not be concealed, military police quarantined the scene and censored press reports, for this plane was the top-secret prototype of the famed B-29 Superfortress that two and a half years later would drop the first atomic bombs on Japan and end World War II.


Still Standing Tall

On February 14, 1963, the Central Association of Seattle announced plans to tear down the historic Pike Place Market. Not everyone was happy with this decision, and after years of controversy and protests,  Seattleites voted to preserve the market, and it remains one of the city's most popular attractions.

Close But Not All

On February 13, 1968, King County voters approved Proposition 6, a Forward Thrust Parks and Recreation bond, which provided much needed funding for King County Parks. Voters also approved other bonds for a new stadium and an aquarium, but opted against funding a regional rapid-transit system, much to the dismay of present-day commuters.

Having a Ball

On February 13, 1968, Joel Pritchard and several of his friends incorporated Pickle Ball Inc., to promote the new sport they invented in 1965 at Pritchard's Bainbridge Island cabin. Pritchard would later go on to serve as a Washington state legislator, a U.S. representative, and Washington's lieutenant governor.  

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On February 13, 1979, the western section of the Hood Canal Bridge broke off and sank during a storm.

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"Rome wasn't built in a day, but man, did they get a break on the labor."

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