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Kabby Mitchell III, Huong Vu, Hedgebrook, and Annex Theatre receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 2, 2016.

On September 2, 2016, Kabby Mitchell III (c. 1957-2017), Huong Vu, Hedgebrook, and Annex Theatre win the 2016 Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards. Mayor Ed Murray (b. 1955) presents the awards in an indoor ce...

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Carr's Hardware in Marysville announces on September 19, 2016, that it will close after 93 years in business.

On September 19, 2016, Darlene Scott (b. 1932) and Gail Libbing announce through the media that they will soon close Carr's Hardware in downtown Marysville. The three-generation, family-run business h...

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Arcan Cetin kills five people at Cascade Mall in Burlington on September 23, 2016.

On the evening of September 23, 2016, Arcan Cetin (1996-2017) walks into the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County, armed with a Ruger 10/22 rifle, and kills five random victims inside Macy's. Cet...

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Washington voters re-elect Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee, increase the minimum wage, reject a carbon tax, and support Hillary Clinton for president on November 8, 2016.

In the election of November 8, 2016, Washington voters re-elect Governor Jay Inslee (b. 1951), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (b. 1950), and the nine of the state's 10 members of Congress who are seeking r...

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Seattle Sounders complete dramatic come-from-behind season by beating Toronto FC to win their first Major League Soccer championship on December 10, 2016.

On December 10, 2016, the Seattle Sounders capture their first MLS Cup, Major League Soccer's championship trophy, defeating Toronto FC at Toronto's BMO Field. The championship caps a tumultuous year ...

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More than 100,000 people march for women's rights at the first Seattle Womxn's March on January 21, 2017.

On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, more than 100,000 people march through the streets of Seattle in what is believed to be the ...

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West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle suffers major failure on February 9, 2017.

On February 9, 2017, the West Point Treatment Plant suffers a major failure. Located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood and operated by King County's Wastewater Treatment Division, West Point is the l...

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University of Washington's Kelsey Plum becomes leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history on February 25, 2017.

On February 25, 2017, University of Washington guard Kelsey Plum (b. 1994) becomes the leading scorer in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women's basketball history. She does it with a ...

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Gonzaga University plays its first-ever Final Four game, and advances to the NCAA men's college basketball championship game by beating South Carolina, on April 1, 2017.

On April 1, 2017, Gonzaga University plays in its first-ever Final Four game and advances to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's college basketball championship game by beating S...

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Tukwila Library, centerpiece of new Tukwila Village development, opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 29, 2017.

On April 29, 2017, the King County Library System (KCLS) opens the new $9.6 million Tukwila Library at the corner of Tukwila International Boulevard and S 144th Street in the city of Tukwila just sout...

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City of Tukwila celebrates completion of Duwamish Gardens Project, which converted a historic farmstead into a park with enhanced salmon habitat, on May 13, 2017.

On May 13, 2017, Tukwila officials and residents celebrate the completion of the city's Duwamish Gardens Project, which converted a historic homestead site on the Duwamish River into a park with enhan...

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King County announces restoration project, which will help protect farms in Upper Green River Valley Agricultural Production District from flooding, on June 2, 2017.

On June 2, 2017, the Porter Reach Restoration Project is announced by the King County Natural Resources and Parks Department. The project will help reduce the risk of flooding on farmland in a portion...

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Seattle's Pike Place MarketFront holds its grand opening on June 29, 2017.

On June 29, 2017, the Pike Place Market holds a grand opening for a $75 million expansion on its northern side, on what used to be a three-quarter-acre parking lot. This new MarketFront offers panoram...

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The Other Country, English-language version of Norwegian play about Thea Foss, debuts in Tacoma on August 10, 2017.

On August 10, 2017, two dozen regional actors and musicians premiere The Other Country, a play about Thea Foss (1857-1927), at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma. The production, opening in the 90th ...

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Assunta Ng, Seattle Music Partners, Courtney Sheehan, and Leilani Lewis receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on August 31, 2017.

On August 31, 2017, Assunta Ng, Seattle Music Partners, Courtney Sheehan (b. 1989), and Leilani Lewis receive the 2017 Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards in a ceremony at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre....

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Günter Gräwe, a German prisoner of war at Fort Lewis during World War II, returns on October 3, 2017, during a thank-you journey to America.

On October 3, 2017, Günter Gräwe (b. 1926), a prisoner of war during World War II, returns to his former Fort Lewis prison camp, now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), in Pierce County...

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Amtrak passenger train on inaugural run derails near DuPont, killing three, on December 18, 2017.

On December 18, 2017, the Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501 derails near DuPont, Washington, on its inaugural run from Seattle to Portland on a newly built Point Defiance Bypass line....

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Petosa Accordion Company, the only American-owned accordion manufacturer, moves from Seattle to Lynnwood on January 24, 2018.

On January 24, 2018, the Petosa Accordion Company, long based in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, opens its new headquarters at 19503 56th Avenue W, Lynnwood, in Snohomish County north of Seattle. ...

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Discovery of Prohibition-era murals in Seattle building with long and varied history is reported on February 6, 2018.

On February 6, 2018, owners of the Louisa Hotel in Seattle's Chinatown/International District lead local media on a tour of murals depicting the city's once-vibrant underground jazz-club scene, which ...

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Tukwila's Jorgensen Forge, after more than seven decades in business, announces its closure on April 18, 2018.

On April 18, 2018, owner CE Star Holdings announces the closure of Tukwila's Jorgensen Forge (doing business as Star Forge), bringing to an end more than seven decades of operations. The forge's origi...

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Oberto Drive is added to Kent street map on May 17, 2018.

On May 17, 2018, a public-works crew from the city of Kent in southern King County installs a new street sign that renames a section of South 238th Street as Oberto Drive. The renamed section runs fro...

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Tarik Abdullah, Paula Boggs, Fulgencio Lazo, Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, and Karen P. Thomas receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on August 30, 2018.

On August 30, 2018, five individuals exemplifying the richness and diversity of the Seattle arts community receive the 16th annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The 2018 awardees are chef and educator Tarik Ab...

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Seattle Storm wins WNBA championship for third time on September 12, 2018.

On September 12, 2018, the Seattle Storm wins its third Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship by beating the Washington Mystics 98-82 to sweep the finals in three games. Forward ...

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Senator Maria Cantwell wins fourth term as Washington voters reject carbon fee, approve stricter gun controls, and return incumbents to Congress on November 6, 2018.

In the election of November 6, 2018, Democratic U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (b. 1958) wins a fourth term in the United States Senate. Nationally, the Democratic Party regains control of the U.S. House...

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