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Bulldozer crushes Seattle's historic Twin Teepees restaurant on July 31, 2001.

On July 31, 2001, early in the morning, the historic Twin Teepees restaurant is bulldozed to the ground, despite its place in Seattle's history and despite the fact that it undoubtedly would have been...

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Washington State Department of Ecology issues Clean Water Act permit for proposed third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport on August 10, 2001.

On August 10, 2001, the Washington State Department of Ecology issues to the Port of Seattle a permit that certifies compliance with Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. This permit is a key st...

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Seattle commuters taunt woman threatening suicide leap into Lake Washington Ship Canal on August 28, 2001.

On August 28, 2001, commuters on Interstate 5 taunt a woman threatening to leap from the Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge, because she is delaying traffic. Police close the bridge to traffic to coax ...

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Boeing moves corporate headquarters to Chicago on September 4, 2001.

On September 4, 2001, the Boeing Company moves its world headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. The decision to leave Seattle, announced on March 21, 2001, affects about 1,000 jobs. Chicago is chosen b...

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler signs new contraceptive-coverage rule, which requires insurers to cover birth control in prescription-drug plans issued for state policyholders, on September 5, 2001.

On September 5, 2001, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler (b. 1943) signs a state administrative regulation requiring insurers to cover contraceptives in prescription-drug plans in health-...

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Plane crash in Mexico kills 16 Husky fans on September 12, 2001.

On September 12, 2001, just one day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington D. C., 16 Husky football fans (along with three ot...

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In misguided reaction to September 11 World Trade Center disaster, Sikh taxi driver is attacked at Sea-Tac Airport on September 12, 2001.

On September 12, 2001, a Sikh taxi driver at Sea-Tac International Airport is attacked after being called a "terrorist." This occurs after terrorist skyjackers identified as Islamic extremists launch ...

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U.S. adds Seattle's Duwamish Waterway to National Priority List of polluted sites on September 13, 2001.

On September 13, 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds Seattle's Duwamish Waterway to its National Priority List of polluted sites. As much as four feet of sediment at the mouth of...

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Thousands gather at Westlake Park (Seattle) in remembrance of victims of 9-11 terrorist attacks on September 14, 2001.

On September 14, 2001, more than 2,000 citizens converge on downtown Seattle's Westlake Park as part of a national "Day of Remembrance" and participate in a world-wide moment of silence following the ...

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Challengers Mark Sidran and Greg Nickels outpoll incumbent Seattle Mayor Paul Schell in primary election on September 18, 2001.

On September 18, 2001, Seattle City Attorney Mark Sidran (b. 1951) and Metropolitan King County Council member Greg Nickels (b. 1955) garner more votes in the primary election than Mayor Paul Schell (...

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Cedar River Watershed Education Center is dedicated on October 2, 2001.

On October 2, 2001, the Cedar River Watershed Education Center is dedicated at the entrance to the watershed overlooking Rattlesnake Lake. The $6.8 million education center is intended to serve 30,000...

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Seattle Mariners complete regular season with 116 wins, tying for best record in Major League Baseball history, on October 7, 2001.

On October 7, 2001, the Seattle Mariners play their last regular game of the 2001 season, losing to the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-3. However, with the Mariners' victory over the Rangers the night ...

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Dr. Leland H. Hartwell is named recipient of the Nobel Prize for "Medicine or Physiology" on October 8, 2001.

On October 8, 2001, Dr. Leland H. Hartwell (b. 1939), president and director of Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is named as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for "Physiology or Medicine...

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Three arrested in connection with vandalism at Mountlake Terrace mosque on November 2, 2001.

On November 2, 2001, Mountlake Terrace police arrest a 36-year-old man and two teenage boys on charges associated with an early morning attack on the Masjid Omar al-Farooq Mosque. Police said the thre...

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Seattle voters elect Greg Nickels mayor on November 6, 2001.

On November 6, 2001, Metropolitan King County Council member Greg Nickels (b. 1955) narrowly defeats City Attorney Mark Sidran to win election as mayor of Seattle. Because of the high number of absent...

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FBI raids Somali stores Maka Mini Mart and Halal Meats in Seattle on November 7, 2001.

On November 7, 2001, the FBI raids the Maka Mini Mart and Halal Meats and the businesses sharing its space as part of an investigation into one of those businesses, Barakat Wire Transfer Service. The ...

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Denny Party lands again at Alki Beach on November 13, 2001.

On November 13, 2001, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Alki Community Council stage a re-enactment of the arrival of Seattle's founding settlers 150 years earlier. More than 300 brave citi...

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Santa Claus opens the innovative "storefront library" known as Library Connection @ Crossroads in East Bellevue on November 23, 2001.

On November 23, 2001, at 10:00 a.m., Santa Claus opens the doors to the new Library Connection @ Crossroads, the King County Library System's new library space in the Crossroads Mall. This begins a da...

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Police arrest Green River Killer suspect on November 30, 2001.

On November 30, police arrest Gary Leon Ridgway as a suspect in the Green River Killer case. The case is one of the nation's worst unsolved serial murder cases, involving the murders of at least 49 yo...

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Fire destroys Masins Furniture store and other businesses in Old Bellevue on December 17, 2001.

On December 17, 2001, a three-alarm fire destroys a three-story commercial building housing Masins Furniture and other businesses in the 10200 block of Main Street in Old Bellevue. No one is injured, ...

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Amgen agrees to buy Immunex, Seattle's largest biotech firm, on December 18, 2001.

On December 18, 2001, Amgen, Inc. agrees to buy Immunex Corp., Seattle's largest biotech firm, for $16 billion in stock and cash. Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, California outside Los Angeles, is the ...

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Washington State Ferries seals time capsule at Colman Dock on December 28, 2001.

On December 28, 2001, Washington State Ferries concludes the celebration of its first 50 years with the sealing and placement of a time capsule inside the Colman Clock case at Colman Dock on the Seatt...

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Nathan Chapman of Puyallup becomes first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan on January 4, 2002.

On January 4, 2002, Sergeant First Class Nathan Ross Chapman (1970-2002) of Puyallup is killed in eastern Afghanistan. He is the first U.S. casualty of enemy fire in the Afghanistan War. Sergeant Firs...

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Seattle Center opens historic Civic Center and Opera House time capsule on January 17, 2002.

On January 17, 2002, Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955), philanthropist Craig McCaw, and other dignitaries preside at the display of the contents of a time capsule first sealed on May 18, 1928, in the Civic...

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