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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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Urban Congregation

On July 25, 1889, Ohaveth Sholum was established as Seattle's first Jewish congregation. And on July 24, 1966, in Spokane, the Torah scrolls from the Keneseth Israel Synagogue were transferred to Temple Emanu-El as part of a formal and symbolic merger into Temple Beth Shalom, now the center of the city's Jewish community.

Novel Transportation

On July 23, 1900, Washington state welcomed its first automobile when Ralph Hopkins, the owner of a Woods Electric, arrived in Seattle after driving his vehicle west from Chicago to San Francisco and then north (with lifts from trains helping out here and there). By 1904 there were enough cars in Washington to warrant creation of the state's first Auto Club, and the original State Highway Board was established the following year.

Harding's Last Oration

President Warren G. Harding received a warm Seattle sendoff after giving what turned out to be his last public speech on July 27, 1923. He fell ill en route to San Francisco and died six days later. In 1925, a memorial created by Alice Robertson Carr was erected in Woodland Park Zoo, where the president had spoken at a Boy Scout jamboree, but it was demolished in the late 1970s and its remains are now buried under the central knoll in the zoo's African Savanna exhibit. 

Racist Aggregation

On July 26, 1924, some 13,000 members and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan staged a rally near Issaquah. A similar rally took place the following night in Chehalis. One year earlier, the Washington State House of Representatives in Olympia failed to act on a bill intended to quell the resurgent Ku Klux Klan in the state.

River Revelation

On July 24, 1966, the first Unlimited Hydroplane Race was held on the Columbia River at Tri-Cities. Thirty years later, on July 28, 1996, two racing fans were wading in the water when one of them stepped on what seemed to be a round rock. It turned out to be a 9,200-year-old human skull -- the remains of an individual who came to be known as Kennewick Man, or "The Ancient One."

Vineyard Designation

On July 25, 1984, Seattle Post-Intelligencer wine columnist Richard Kinssies wrote about the newest releases from Columbia Winery. Among them were three 1981 Cabernet Sauvignons, the first Washington wines to be marketed in the traditional European manner by noting the specific vineyard where the grapes originated.

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On July 23, 1962, the Telstar 1 satellite relayed the first live televised images between Europe and the United States, which included a 90-second broadcast from the Seattle World's Fair.

Quote of the Week

"You can eat an omelet at midnight, at lunchtime, all day long. It's perfect for every occasion."

--Wolfgang Puck

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