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On June 26, 1890, Snohomish incorporated amidst a war of words between the city's two newspapers. Deer Park incorporated on June 24, 1908, and Westport celebrates its 105th birthday on June 26. And on June 20, 1961, Lake Forest Park -- which was planned and developed a half-century earlier by future Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson -- finally became a city.
On June 25, 1901, former Seattle police chief William Meredith, who had just lost his job because of accusations of corruption made by theater owner John Considine, attempted to kill Considine in Pioneer Square, but was himself gunned down in the city's G. O. Guy drugstore. Although the press portrayed Considine as the assailant, he was found not guilty of murder and went on to become a noted and respected member of Seattle society.
On June 23, 1909, Henry Ford's Model T was proclaimed the winner in a cross-country auto race that ended at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The car was later disqualified, but not before Ford got all the publicity he needed to help make the Model T the most popular selling car of its era. Exactly 50 years later, the Ford Motor Co. held a re-enactment of the race. This time they played it safe, and only Ford cars were entered.
On June 20, 1942, a Japanese submarine torpedoed and shelled the freighter Fort Camosun near Cape Flattery, but the ship was saved with no loss of life. The next day the same submarine attacked Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River, making it the only military installation in the continental United States to be shelled during the war.
This week marks the anniversaries of four horrific accidents. On June 24, 1946, a bus carrying the Spokane Indians baseball team crashed on Snoqualmie Pass, killing nine. On June 23, 1966, a light-plane crash killed two people on Mount St. Helens. On June 21, 1981, an avalanche killed 11 climbers as they ascended Mount Rainer. And on June 24, 1994, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed at Fairchild Air Force base, killing four airmen.
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