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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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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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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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National Hockey League awards an expansion franchise to Seattle on December 4, 2018.

The board of governors of the National Hockey League (NHL) awards an expansion franchise to Seattle on December 4, 2018. The move expands the NHL to 32 teams in North America. The new team is schedule...

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Seattle's Battery Street Tunnel is decommissioned on February 1, 2019.

At 10 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019, the Battery Street Tunnel, which connected the Alaskan Way Viaduct to Aurora Avenue N underneath Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, is permanently closed to traff...

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Seattle's State Route 99 Tunnel opens to traffic on February 4, 2019.

At 12:17 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019, the State Route 99 tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct opens to traffic. The 1.7-mile route under downtown Seattle is North America's largest bored tunn...

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First commercial passenger flight leaves Paine Field Airport in Everett on March 4, 2019.

On March 4, 2019, a crowd gathers to witness the first commercial passenger flight from the new Paine Field Airport in Everett. Official ceremonies, speeches by local dignitaries, and a ribbon cutting...

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ARTS at King Street Station, a community arts space and cultural hub managed by Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, opens on March 23, 2019.

On March 23, 2019, ARTS at King Street Station, an innovative arts space created to showcase artists of color, celebrate cultural differences, and build community connections, opens to the public. Mor...

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Seattle's Shelf Life Community Story Project moves into a permanent home, Wa Na Wari, on April 5, 2019.

The Shelf Life Community Story Project, originated in 2016 to record oral histories of current and former residents of Seattle's Central District, moves from temporary quarters in a shopping center in...

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A 278-foot tower crane collapses at a Seattle construction site, killing four, on April 27, 2019.

On April 27, 2019, a Saturday afternoon, a tower crane being dismantled at a construction site in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood suddenly collapses, the latticed mast sections falling onto th...

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Seattle Sounders win their second MLS Cup before a record home crowd on November 10, 2019.

On November 10, 2019, the Seattle Sounders win their second MLS Cup -- the Major League Soccer championship -- by defeating Toronto FC 3-1 in front of 69,274, the biggest crowd ever at CenturyLink Fie...

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Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is completed on November 21, 2019.

On November 21, 2019, demolition work is completed on the decommissioned Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. The final concrete and steel columns at the north end of the viaduct, which have remained in pl...

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