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The John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole, in honor of a slain Native American woodcarver, is erected at Seattle Center on February 26, 2012.

On February 26, 2012, the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole, in honor of a slain Native American woodcarver, is erected at Seattle Center. Over 100 people carry the pole from Pier 57 to its designa...

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Seattle Theatre Group's Historic Theatres Library is dedicated on March 1, 2012.

On March 1, 2012, the Seattle Theatre Group's (STG) Historic Theatres Library, located in the Paramount Building at 901 Pine Street, opens to the public. It is 84 years to the day after the Seattle (l...

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Next 50 celebration starts its six-month run with opening day ceremonies at Seattle Center on April 21, 2012.

On April 21, 2012, the six-month Next 50 celebration kicks off opening day festivities at Seattle Center, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, also known as the Century 21 Ex...

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First dinosaur bone found in Washington is collected by Burke Museum paleontologists on May 18, 2012.

On May 18, 2012, paleontologists from Seattle's Burke Museum collect the first dinosaur bone ever found in Washington state. They are on Sucia Island, a U-shaped dot of land two miles north of Orcas I...

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First annual Seattle Science Festival kicks off with Science Expo Day on June 2, 2012.

On June 2, 2012, the first annual Seattle Science festival starts with Science Expo Day on the grounds of Seattle Center. The month-long festival will feature displays and programs on science, technol...

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Key Compounding Pharmacy opens in Federal Way on June 7, 2012.

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, Key Compounding Pharmacy celebrates its grand opening in Federal Way. The opening-day ceremony begins at 4 p.m. with remarks by the pharmacy's majority owner HeeJoo Park (b....

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Seattle Great Wheel begins spinning on June 29, 2012.

On June 29, 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel opens to the public on the Seattle central waterfront. Located at the end of Pier 57, the 175-foot-high ride features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that can ...

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To mark the 10th year of the Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards, 10 awards are presented on August 31, 2012.

On August 31, 2012, Li Hengda (b. 1963), Buster Simpson (b. 1942), Olivier Wevers, Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio, KEXP 90.3 FM, Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Three Dolla...

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Eric Liu completes two five-year terms on the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees on September 26, 2012.

On September 26, 2012, author, educator, and civic leader Eric Liu (b. 1968) brings to a close 10-plus years as a Seattle Public Library board member. Also an executive and a former presidential speec...

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Washington voters approve same-sex marriage, legalize recreational marijuana, and support re-election of President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.

In the election of November 6, 2012, Washington voters make history as the state becomes one of the first three to enact marriage equality by popular vote, and one of two to legalize recreational mari...

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Kent R. Weeks of Everett speaks at Seattle's King Tut exhibit about his discoveries in Egypt's Valley of the Kings on November 29, 2012.

On November 29, 2012, Egyptologist Kent R. Weeks (b. 1941) speaks to a group preparing to see the King Tutankhamun exhibit at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Director of the Theban Mapping Project, ...

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Policy for watershed planning in the Snoqualmie Valley Agriculture Production District is added to the King County Comprehensive Plan on December 3, 2012.

On December 3, 2012, policy R-650 is introduced in the King County Comprehensive Plan to establish a watershed planning process to address conflicts within the Snoqualmie Watershed, including the Snoq...

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Exhibit of artist Richard V. Correll's prints opens at University of Washington in Seattle on December 6, 2012.

On December 6, 2012, a solo exhibition of the work of Richard V. Correll (1904-1990) opens at the University of Washington Libraries. Correll's legacy of art and papers has recently been donated by hi...

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Newcastle Library opens on December 8, 2012.

On December 8, 2012, the community of Newcastle, tucked between Bellevue and Renton just east of Lake Washington, celebrates the opening of a new library with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The...

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Seattle's Museum of History and Industry reopens in former Naval Reserve Armory on December 29, 2012.

On December 29, 2012, the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) reopens in its new South Lake Union location, 60 years after it first welcomed visitors in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood. Displaced f...

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Buster Simpson's commission to create public art for Seattle's massive waterfront redevelopment is announced on January 9, 2013.

On January 9, 2013, Buster Simpson (b. 1942) is named as the first of five artists commissioned to create permanent public artworks on Seattle's central waterfront, which is undergoing a major years-l...

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First commercially sized sowing of the monachine, or Pellegrini bean, in the Northwest is scheduled to begin on May 15, 2013.

On May 15, 2013, more than 1,000 heirloom beans, called monachine ("little nuns") in Italian because of the bean's distinctive white cap, are set to be planted in the culinary garden of The Herbfarm r...

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I-5 Skagit River Bridge at Mount Vernon collapses on May 23, 2013.

At about 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, while crossing the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge at Mount Vernon, a tractor-trailer's oversized load dings part of the truss and the northernmost truss sp...

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Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is published on June 4, 2013.

On June 4, 2013, Viking Penguin publishes The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (b. 1951). With Spokane native Joe Rantz ...

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Hibulb Village interpretive signs are dedicated in Everett on June 5, 2013.

On June 5, 2013, about 50 people gather in Everett's Legion Park Overlook at 145 Alverson Boulevard to dedicate signs honoring the Native people who once inhabited the site and describing life in and ...

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Tunnel boring machine named Bertha begins digging new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle on July 30, 2013.

On July 30, 2013, Seattle Tunnel Partners begins digging a new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle using a tunnel-boring machine named Bertha. The machine is to dig a 57.5-foot-diameter ...

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MV Sanpoil makes maiden voyage across Columbia River on August 14, 2013.

On August 14, 2013, the MV Sanpoil is christened on Lake Roosevelt and makes its inaugural voyage between Lincoln and Ferry counties on the Keller Ferry run across the Columbia River. The newer, large...

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James Madison, Snohomish County "Artist of the Year," is feted on August 15, 2013.

On August 15, 2013, the Schack Art Center in Everett honors James Madison (b. 1973), Snohomish County's "Artist of the Year." Madison, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, is feted with a reception and a g...

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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces The Creative Advantage on August 30, 2013.

On August 30, 2013, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces The Creative Advantage, a partnership between Seattle Public Schools, the Seattle Arts Commission, and The Seattle Foundation. The go...

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