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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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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presents arts awards to Barbara Earl Thomas, Preston Singletary, 826 Seattle, Frye Art Museum, Pongo Teen Writing Project, and Seattle Rep on August 30, 2013.

On August 30, 2013, Mayor Mike McGinn (b. 1959) presents the 11th annual Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards in a ceremony on the Seattle Center's North Fountain Lawn. The ceremony, part of the opening of the...

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Stephen Vitiello receives $200,000 commission, to develop sound-based art on the Seattle waterfront, on October 23, 2013.

On October 23, 2013, Stephen Vitiello (b. 1964) receives a $200,000 commission to create a permanent sound-art installation as part of the arts component of a planned major redevelopment of the Seattl...

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San Juan Island community turns to its public library for help when communications with the mainland are lost on November 5, 2013.

On November 5, 2013, residents and visitors on San Juan Island wake up to discover that their cell phones, telephone landlines, and internet services are all not working. Investigations eventually rev...

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Voters reject GMO labeling, oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and re-elect King County Executive Dow Constantine by record margin, on November 5, 2013.

On November 5, 2013, Washington voters reject Initiative 522, which would have made the state the first in the nation to require labels on food products containing any genetically modified organisms (...

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Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform their gay-rights hit "Same Love" at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014.

On the Sunday evening of January 26, 2014, Macklemore (Ben Haggerty, b. 1983) and Ryan Lewis (b. 1988) present their pro-marriage-equality anthem "Same Love" to a massive global television audience at...

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Norie Sato's selection to create art for the East/West Connections project, part of Seattle's ongoing waterfront redevelopment, is announced on January 28, 2014.

On January 28, 2014, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture announces that Norie Sato (b. 1949) has been selected to create public art for the city's East/West Connections project, which is ...

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Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl in a rout on February 2, 2014.

On February 2, 2014, the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, giving the team its first National Football League (NFL) championship. The game pits Denver's record-sett...

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Super Bowl victory parade for Seattle Seahawks attracts hundreds of thousands on February 5, 2014.

On February 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of fans pack a 2.5-mile parade route through downtown Seattle in sunny, sub-freezing weather to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl. The ev...

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Catastrophic landslide hits Steelhead Haven, near Oso, Snohomish County, on March 22, 2014.

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at about 10:37 a.m., a catastrophic landslide hits Steelhead Haven, near the community of Oso, between Arlington and Darrington in Snohomish County, with a loss of 43 live...

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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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