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Five years after Fishermen's Terminal opened in Seattle, a group of halibut-schooner owners found themselves frustrated with the city's lack of shipyard capacity and decided to take matters into their own hands. On March 28, 1919, they incorporated Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways, and their yard at the terminal still serves the fishing fleet to this day.
On March 29, 1925, a memorial to President Warren G. Harding was dedicated in Seattle's Woodland Park. Sculptural elements of the memorial were created by Alice Robertson Carr, but by the 1970s the monument had fallen into disrepair. The concrete bandstand and its bas-relief sculptures were broken up and used for fill in the zoo's new African Savannah exhibit.
On March 29, 1968, the Court C Coffeehouse opened in Tacoma as a gathering place for artists and intellectuals. And speaking of coffee, on March 30, 1971, Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl handed out free sample cups of coffee to their first customers in their new coffee shop near Pike Place Market. They only sold beans for the next decade, but when they began to sell brewed coffee in 1982, Starbucks burst onto the world stage, and the rest is jittery history.
On April 1, 1989, KING-TV's comedy show Almost Live opened with a "special report" announcing that the Space Needle had collapsed. Even though the two doctored pictures of the debris included captions dated April Fool's Day, KING and the city's 911 line were swamped with calls from people who fell for the prank.
"Demolition is a part of construction."
--Daniel H. Wilson
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