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Walla Walla County got its start on April 25, 1854, when it was carved out of Skamania County. Indians and settlers had confrontations and conflicts, but within a few years local citizens had a major thoroughfare, a school, a newspaper, a bank, and a railroad. The first Washington Constitutional Convention convened in the town of Walla Walla, then the largest in the territory, in 1878.
One hundred years ago this week, on April 28, 1919, Seattle mayor Ole Hanson received a bomb in the mail, part of a nationwide plot by anarchists to attack politicians and well-known businessmen. Fortunately, it did not explode. The same can't be said for an aerial bomb that fatally injured Spokane pioneer aviator Major John T. Fancher on April 29, 1928, after a flight demonstration in East Wenatchee. Fancher had been instrumental in bringing the 1927 National Air Derby and Air Races to Spokane's Felts Field.
On May 1, 1988, Kurt Cobain posted a "Drummer Wanted" ad in Seattle's The Rocket newspaper. The ad proved fruitless, but within weeks Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic connected with drummer Chad Channing and recorded Nirvana's historic first single. The band, which went through a succession of drummers before finding Dave Grohl, gained worldwide fame, but not before playing in Seattle clubs like The Crocodile, which opened on April 30, 1991.
"Not considering this opening worthy of more attention, I continued our pursuit to the Northwest, being desirous to embrace the advantages of the prevailing breeze."
--Captain George Vancouver
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