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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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Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma create Northwest Seaport Alliance, to jointly manage their maritime-cargo operations, on August 4, 2015.

On August 4, 2015, Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma commissioners sign an agreement creating the Northwest Seaport Alliance to jointly operate the container terminals and most other marine-cargo fac...

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Journalist Andy Perdue (b. 1964) is named honorary chair of the Auction of Washington Wines for his contributions to the state's wine industry, on August 13, 2015.

On August 13, 2015, Washington wine writer Andy Perdue (b. 1964) is named honorary chair of the Auction of Washington Wines for his longtime contributions to the state's wine industry. This is on...

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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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After a 76-year absence, streetcars return to Seattle's First Hill on January 23, 2016.

On January 23, 2016, streetcars return to Seattle's First Hill after a 76-year absence. The 2.5-mile streetcar line marks the end to a streetcar-less Capitol Hill, which last saw the service on Septem...

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Sound Transit begins Link light-rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington from downtown Seattle on March 19, 2016.

On March 19, 2016, Sound Transit begins Link light-rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington (UW), extending the Link line, which had opened in 2009 between downtown Seattle and Se...

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New Renton Highlands Library opens on March 26, 2016.

On March 26, 2016, the King County Library System (KCLS) opens the Renton Highlands Library in the heart of Renton's new Sunset Area redevelopment project. The 15,000-square-foot library at 2801 NE 10...

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Underdog Washington Huskies become first team in state history to reach NCAA women's basketball Final Four by defeating Stanford in regional final on March 27, 2016.

On March 27, 2016, the University of Washington Huskies women's basketball team reaches the semifinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship, becoming the first team in s...

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New State Route 520 floating bridge opens to traffic on April 25, 2016.

At 1:30 a.m. on April 25, 2016, eastbound traffic lanes open on the new State Route (SR) 520 floating bridge, fully opening the bridge to traffic. The new bridge, sometimes referred to as the Evergree...

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Kingsgate Library celebrates grand reopening on April 30, 2016.

On April 30, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Kingsgate Library celebrates its reopening. Part of the King County Library System (KCLS), the Kingsgate Library is housed in a building constructed in 1...

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Italian luxury-car company Lamborghini opens Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle on June 20, 2016.

On June 20, 2016, American and Italian dignitaries gather to celebrate the official opening of the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, located in Seattle's Interbay distri...

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