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James Doohan, Engineer Scott of the Starship Enterprise, dies on July 20, 2005.

On July 20, 2005, James Doohan dies from pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Redmond. Doohan is best known for portraying Engineer Montgomery Scott in the original Star...

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Tri-Cities Fever wins the National Indoor Football League Championship in its first year on July 30, 2005.

On July 30, 2005, the Tri-Cities Fever wins the National Indoor Football League championship in its first year of existence. Tri-Cities overcame early season difficulties and personnel changes to beat...

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Seattle City Council names street for Fremont Troll on August 1, 2005.

On August 1, 2005, the Seattle City Council approves renaming a two-block stretch of street in honor of the Fremont Troll sculpture that graces its north end. Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) says that th...

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School Fire burns nearly 52,000 acres in the Blue Mountains beginning on August 5, 2005.

Between August 5 and August 19, 2005, a wildfire burns nearly 52,000 acres of terrain in central Columbia and Garfield counties in the Blue Mountains. More than 100 homes and another 100 outbuildings ...

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Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville opens on August 13, 2005.

On August 13, 2005, Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville opens. The 5.4-acre park and boat ramp caps 60 years of talk among Marysville citizens to build a site on Ebey Slough that will provide easy acc...

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Sound Transit installs first rails for Central Link light rail in SODO (south downtown Seattle) on August 17, 2005.

On August 17, 2005, Sound Transit installs the first rails for the Central Link light rail line. The line will run from SODO (south of downtown Seattle) to Tukwila and then to the airport. It is sched...

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Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels presents third annual Mayor's Arts Awards on September 3, 2005.

At noon on Friday, September 2, 2005, in what has become an annual tradition since their creation in 2003, the Mayor's Arts Awards are presented by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) as part of Bumb...

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Jimi Hendrix's childhood home is moved from Seattle's Central Area to Renton on September 11, 2005.

On September 11, 2005, the childhood home of the rock star Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is moved from Seattle's Central Area to Renton. The move ends a four-year struggle over the house between the City o...

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Spokane celebrates the opening of the reconstructed Monroe Street Bridge beginning on September 16, 2005.

On the weekend of September 16-18, 2005, Spokane celebrates the opening of the reconstructed Monroe Street Bridge, which spans the dramatic Spokane River gorge. The new bridge faithfully replicates th...

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Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson defeat fellow King County Councilmembers in contested primaries on September 20, 2005.

On September 20, 2005, four members of the Metropolitan King County Council square off in two contested primaries, one Republican and one Democratic, to decide who will be eliminated from the council....

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Tri-Cities celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition beginning on October 14, 2005.

From October 14 through 17, 2005, the Tri-Cities celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had explored the area 200 years before, in 1805. Peop...

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Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $3,883,201 expansion project on October 22, 2005.

On October 22, 2005, the Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $3,883,201 expansion project. Located at 12501 28th Avenue NE, it is the 17th project completed as part of "Libra...

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Voters ban indoor smoking, require performance audits, reject dueling malpractice initiatives, and pull the plug on the monorail on November 8, 2005.

On November 8, 2005, Washington voters overwhelmingly approve a sweeping ban on smoking indoors (and near doorways), and authorize performance audits of government agencies. Two initiatives proposing...

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Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West on December 6, 2005.

On December 6, 2005, Spokane voters recall Mayor Jim West (1951-2006) from office by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent in a special single-question election. Ten days later, the election will be ce...

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Strict anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state on December 8, 2005.

On December 8, 2005, a new anti-smoking law goes into effect in Washington state, banning smoking in all public places and work areas and requiring people who light up to stay at least 25 feet away fr...

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The Future of Flight Aviation Center opens at Paine Field (Mukilteo) on December 16, 2005.

On December 16, 2005, the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field in Mukilteo opens its doors to the public. With an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by Governor Christine Gregoir...

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Weyerhaeuser's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes on December 22, 2005.

On December 22, 2005, Weyerhaeuser Company's large-log sawmill in Aberdeen closes after 81 years of operation. Eighty-three employees, some of them third-generation sawmill workers, lose their jobs. A...

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Two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine on January 24, 2006.

On January 24, 2006, two murder suspects attempt to flee into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing in Blaine. The suspects, wanted in a murder case in Richmond, California, flee northbound on Interstat...

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Governor Christine Gregoire signs bill extending civil rights laws to gays and lesbians on January 31, 2006.

On January 31, 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) signs a law that adds "sexual orientation" to existing prohibitions on discrimination in employment, housing, lending, and insurance. The sig...

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Seattle Seahawks play in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2006.

On February 5, 2006, the Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XL (No. 40), marking their first appearance in the National Football League’s championship game. They face the Pittsburg...

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Seattle-based Theo Chocolate makes its first batch of chocolate bars on February 14, 2006.

On February 14, 2006, Seattle-based Theo Chocolate makes its first batch of chocolate bars, becoming the nation's first producer of organic and free-trade chocolates. The company, founded by Joe Whinn...

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East Lake Sammamish Trail officially opens on March 21, 2006.

On March 21, 2006, after years of controversy and litigation delays, King County officially opens the central seven miles of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. The 11-mile trail runs from the end of the ...

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Kyle Huff shoots and kills six people at a rave afterparty in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on March 25, 2006.

On March 25, 2006, Kyle Huff opens fire at a rave afterparty held at 2112 E Republican Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Six people are killed and two are wounded. Police officer Steve L...

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Some 15,000 Latinos and others march in Seattle to protest House Bill 4437 on April 10, 2006.

On April 10, 2006, more than 15,000 people, mostly Latinos, converge from across the state to march through the streets of Seattle to protest a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 4...

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