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On October 28, 1893, the Ferry Museum of Art opened in the Pierce County Courthouse in Tacoma. It later merged with the Washington Historical Society, which now maintains the collection. This week also marks the one-year anniversary of one of Washington's newest museums, the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, which opened in Seattle on October 24, 2019.
On October 28, 1927, star guitarist John Coppock returned from Hollywood for a homecoming concert in the town of Peshastin. On October 23, 1980, patrons of Seattle's Old Timers Café got quite a surprise when visiting rocker Bruce Springsteen jumped up on stage to play a few songs with the Lost Highway Band. And on October 22, 1990, a seminal moment in Seattle's grunge-rock history took place when Pearl Jam debuted as "Mookie Blaylock" at the Off Ramp Café.
On October 27, 1967, Dr. Lester R. Sauvage, founder of the Hope Heart Institute in Seattle, performed the first "bloodless" open-heart surgery in the Northwest. Sauvage made significant contributions in the practice of coronary-artery bypass surgery and was a pioneer in the research of artificial aortic heart valves.
On October 22, 1975, King Olav V of Norway visited Poulsbo to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to America. Twenty years later, beginning on October 24, 1995, King Harald V followed in his father's footsteps and enjoyed a four-day visit to Washington with Queen Sonja that included stops in Olympia, Seattle, Poulsbo, and Tacoma.
"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different,' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."
--Edward R. Murrow
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