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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 in Seattle 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 and Pike News, a busy newsstand in Pike Place Market for four decades, closes on December 31, 2019.

On December 31, 2019, First and Pike News, the iconic newsstand located in the entryway of Pike Place Market, closes after 40 years, its demise mirroring the decline of the newspaper industry and the ...

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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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The University of Washington, with more than 52,000 students on three campuses, transitions to remote learning on March 9, 2020.

On March 9, 2020, with two weeks left in the winter quarter, the University of Washington moves to hold all classes online to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More than 52,000 students, along with fac...

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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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The first of many deaths from a COVID-19 outbreak at the Spokane Veterans Home occurs on April 8, 2020.

On April 8, 2020, a severe COVID-19 outbreak at the Spokane Veterans Home results in the first of many deaths. The deceased was a resident who had been on end-of-life care before contracting the coron...

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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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An estimated 60,000 participate in a March of Silence in Seattle to protest police brutality and institutional racism on June 12, 2020.

On June 12, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County calls for a statewide day of action that includes a March of Silence and a general strike. The protest is one of scores held across the nation ...

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Seattle Storm wins its fourth Women's National Basketball Association championship on October 6, 2020.

On October 6, 2020, the Seattle Storm completes a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aces to win its fourth WNBA championship. The victory caps a season like no other in league history. Because of the ...

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Bartell Drugs announces it is being sold to Rite Aid on October 7, 2020.

On October 7, 2020, Bartell Drugs announces that it has been purchased by Rite Aid. The sale of the 130-year old company brings an end to the oldest family owned drugstore chain in the country.

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Douglas Q. Barnett Street, named for the founder of Black Arts/West Theatre, is commemorated in Seattle on November 26, 2020.

On November 26, 2020, about a dozen family members and friends of Black theater pioneer Douglas Q. Barnett gather to celebrate the naming of Douglas Q. Barnett Street, a one-block honorary designation...

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Mukilteo's new, $187 million ferry terminal opens with virtual ceremonies on December 29, 2020.

On December 29, 2020, at 5:50 p.m., the Washington State Ferry Suquamish arrives at Mukilteo from Clinton, marking the official opening of Mukilteo's new, $187 million ferry terminal. The pr...

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