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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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Delbert Richardson, Marcie Sillman, and Dani Tirrell, along with the Center on Contemporary Art and Intiman Theatre, receive the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards on August 29, 2019

On August 29, 2019, five recipients of the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards gather for an awards ceremony at the Charlotte Martin Theatre at Seattle Center. The individual 2019 recipients are historian and st...

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Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, first museum in Washington state dedicated to Latinx culture and history, opens in Seattle on October 24, 2019.

On October 24, 2019, the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, which uses artifacts, photos, art, and videos to showcase the history and culture of the state's Spanish-speaking communities, op...

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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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An Asian Giant "Murder Hornet," the first confirmed in the United States, is found in Blaine on December 8, 2019.

On December 8, 2019, a Blaine resident finds an unusually large dead hornet in his yard and calls the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). He also reports having seen a live hornet at hi...

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First confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States is diagnosed in Snohomish County on January 20, 2020.

On January 20, 2020, the first confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the United States is diagnosed in Snohomish County, north of Seattle. The patient is a 35-year-old man who has recently ret...

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After two people die in Kirkland in the first reported deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, Governor Jay Inslee declares a State of Emergency on February 29, 2020.

Washingtn Governor Jay Inslee declares a State of Emergency following the first two reported U.S. deaths from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), in Kirkland, on February 29, 2020. The deaths actuall...

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Governor Jay Inslee orders a statewide school closure to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (b. 1951) orders a statewide school closure to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 13, 2020. Several schools in the Puget Sound region have already been shuttered for ...

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Governor Jay Inslee issues a statewide "Stay Home-Stay Healthy" order on March 23, 2020.

Washington residents begin a period of COVID-19 isolation when Governor Jay Inslee (b. 1951) issues a statewide "Stay Home-Stay Healthy" order on March 23, 2020. The order changes life fundamentally f...

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West Seattle Bridge closes unexpectedly on March 23, 2020.

On March 23, 2020, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) unexpectedly closes the West Seattle Bridge after rapidly expanding cracks are found in its support structure. Further investigation ...

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Tyson Fresh Meats packing plant in Wallula shuts down because of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak on April 23, 2020.

The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula shuts down on April 23, 2020 because of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak among its workers. The company takes this step when more than 100 cases of the virus and one d...

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Washington potato growers begin efforts to donate a million pounds of surplus potatoes during the COVID-19 crisis by handing out tons in Ritzville on April 29, 2020.

On April 29, 2020, volunteers hand out free potatoes in a drive-through giveaway that causes a rare traffic jam in the small Eastern Washington city of Ritzville in Adams County. The distribution of n...

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