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Indianola-born sculptor Oscar Tuazon receives commission, to create a public art project for the Seattle waterfront, on March 25, 2014.

On March 25, 2014, sculptor Oscar Tuazon (b. 1975) receives a commission to create a public art project for the Seattle waterfront. The decision comes 12 days after Tuazon made a presentation to panel...

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Ann Hamilton receives $1 million commission, for creation of Seattle waterfront art installation, on March 26, 2014.

On March 26, 2014, Ann Hamilton (b. 1956) receives a $1 million commission -- the largest art call ever issued by the City of Seattle -- to create a permanent art installation on the Seattle waterfron...

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Governor Jay Inslee signs Vulnerable Individuals Priority Act on March 28, 2014.

On March 28, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee (b. 1951) signs the Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act. Over a period of three years, the act is scheduled to eliminate a long waiting list for family-sup...

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President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Kyle White on May 13, 2014.

On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama (b. 1961) awards the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Kyle White (b. 1987) in a White House ceremony. Sergeant White receives the Medal of Honor for his courag...

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The Seattle neighborhood of South Park celebrates opening of new South Park Bridge on June 29, 2014.

On June 29, 2014, the Seattle neighborhood of South Park celebrates the opening of the new South Park Bridge spanning the Duwamish Waterway. The opening ends a four-year period during which the South ...

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The Carlton Complex wildfire destroys 111 homes in and around the town of Pateros on the Columbia River on July 17, 2014.

On July 17, 2014, the Carlton Complex wildfire destroys 111 homes in and around the town of Pateros, located on the Columbia River in Okanogan County. Earlier that day, hot winds propel the fire towar...

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Alan Chong Lau, MOHAI and Leonard Garfield, Stephen Stubbs, Path with Art, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and TeenTix receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on August 29, 2014.

On August 29, 2014, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (b. 1955) presents the 12th annual Mayor's Arts Awards in a ceremony at the Seattle Center's Fisher Green Stage. Painter and poet Alan Chong Lau (b. 1948) r...

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First Place Scholars in Seattle opens as Washington's first charter school on September 3, 2014.

On September 3, 2014, First Place Scholars, a private school in Seattle's Central Area serving homeless and traumatized students in kindergarten through 5th grade, becomes Washington's first charter s...

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Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation wins musical "Genius Award" at The Stranger's annual celebratory ceremony on October 18, 2014.

On Saturday evening, October 18, 2014, at The Stranger's 12th annual Genius Awards in the historic Moore Theatre at 936 Second Avenue in downtown Seattle, the jazz (and more) quartet Industrial Revela...

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Washington voters approve strict gun-purchase background checks and return incumbents to Congress on November 4, 2014.

In the election of November 4, 2014, Washington voters approve one of the nation's strictest background-check requirements for gun purchases, reject a competing gun-rights measure, and approve reducin...

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Environmental restoration of Discovery Bay estuary reaches milestone with completion of Maynard nearshore restoration on November 8, 2014.

On November 8, 2014, after 10 years of planning and months of onsite work, the Maynard Nearshore Restoration Project at Discovery Bay in Jefferson County is completed. It marks a major milestone in on...

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City council names Capitol Hill neighborhood Seattle's first officially recognized Arts & Cultural District on November 17, 2014.

On November 17, 2014, the Seattle City Council approves a resolution creating an Arts & Cultural Districts program and naming Capitol Hill's Pike/Pine/12th Avenue neighborhood the city's first des...

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School of Visual Concepts starts offering classes at its new Seattle location on December 1, 2014.

On December 1, 2014, the School of Visual Concepts begins offering classes in advertising, graphic design, and interactive design at its new location at 2300 7th Avenue in Seattle, near the intersecti...

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Around 500 people attend "grand reopening" of newly expanded Fairwood Library, just east of Renton, on December 6, 2014.

On December 6, 2014, an estimated 500 people attend the "grand reopening" of the newly expanded Fairwood Library, just east of Renton. The library has been operating in a temporary storefront location...

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Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XLIX 28-24 to New England Patriots on February 1, 2015.

On February 1, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots. The 28-24 loss is especially painful for the team and its fans because the Seahawks are just a yard away fro...

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Seattle Symphony debuts avant-garde Seattle sound sculptor Trimpin's site-specific composition "Above, Below, and In Between" at Benaroya Hall on May 1, 2015.

On May 1, 2015, Seattle Symphony debuts avant-garde Seattle sound sculptor Trimpin's (b. 1951) site-specific composition "Above, Below, and in Between" at Benaroya Hall. (The symphony's composer-in-re...

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Hands Across the Border Revival is held at the Peace Arch on June 14, 2015.

On June 14, 2015, the Hands Across the Border Revival is held at the Peace Arch at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Blaine, Whatcom County. It is a return of the Hands Across the Border celebration,...

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Lightning storms ignite Okanogan Complex fires, which will soon grow into some of the biggest in Washington's worst-ever wildfire year, on August 14, 2015.

On August 14, 2015, lightning storms ignite the Okanogan Complex fires, which soon grow into some of the biggest in the state's worst-ever wildfire year. It begins with several separate fires in the t...

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Robin Wright, Akio Takamori, Daniel Brown, Densho, and Seattle JazzED receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 4, 2015.

On Friday, September 4, 2015, the 13th annual Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in a ceremony at the Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre in conjunction with the opening of the Bumbershoot fest...

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King County water taxi MV Doc Maynard is dedicated on September 18, 2015.

On September 18, 2015, the MV Doc Maynard is dedicated at Pier 50 in Seattle. The vessel is one of two new water taxis built for King County by All American Marine in Bellingham. The MV Doc Maynard is...

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Five die and 69 are injured after Ride the Ducks amphibious tour vehicle collides with charter bus on Aurora Bridge in Seattle on September 24, 2015.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on September 24, 2015, a mechanical failure in its steering system causes a northbound Ride the Ducks amphibious tour vehicle to cross the center line on Seattle's Aurora Bridge ...

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Massive windstorm hits Spokane and eastern Washington, leaving 180,000 homes without power, on November 17, 2015.

On November 17, 2015, a massive windstorm hits Spokane and eastern Washington, creating the worst havoc in the 126-year history of Avista (formerly Washington Water Power) and leaving 180,000 homes wi...

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Village Books opens in newly restored Waples Mercantile Building in Lynden on November 22, 2015.

On November 22, 2015, Village Books opens as the first tenant in Lynden's newly restored Waples Mercantile Building. Originally built in 1914, the building housed the renowned Lynden Department Store ...

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Ken Griffey Jr., best player in Seattle Mariners history, is overwhelmingly voted into Baseball Hall of Fame on January 6, 2016.

On January 6, 2016, Ken Griffey Jr. (b. 1969) is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Griffey, who started his professional career and had his best years with the Seattle Mariners, receives the highe...

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