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Boeing 787 makes its first flight on December 15, 2009.

The Boeing Company's revolutionary 787 jetliner, the first passenger jet made mostly of composite materials, flies for the first time on December 15, 2009, more than 27 months behind schedule. The fli...

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Haroon Saleem is sworn in as mayor of Granite Falls on December 16, 2009.

On December 16, 2009, Haroon Saleem (b. 1954), proprietor of the Timberline Café, is sworn in as the mayor of Granite Falls in Snohomish County. A native of Pakistan and a Muslim, Saleem defeat...

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Sound Transit's Link light rail connecting downtown Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport reaches SeaTac/Airport Station on December 19, 2009.

On December 19, 2009, Sound Transit's Link light rail connecting Seattle with Sea-Tac International Airport reaches SeaTac/Airport Station. The inaugural ribbon-cutting attended by some 500 celebrants...

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Somali Weekend School (Seattle) holds first classes on January 8, 2010.

On January 8, 2010, the Somali Weekend School holds its first classes. The privately organized school is is held in West Seattle in space provided by the Denny International Middle School at 8402 30th...

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New Sammamish Library building opens on January 9, 2010.

On January 9, 2010, a new public library opens in the city of Sammamish in eastern King County. The new Sammamish Library, located in the Sammamish Commons on 228th Avenue SE, replaces an older librar...

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British Columbia announces official approval of name "Salish Sea" on February 9, 2010.

On February 9, 2010, the government of British Columbia announces the province's adoption of "Salish Sea" as an overlay name for the combined inland marine waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de...

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Somali TV on Seattle Cable Access Network releases a video explaining Census 2010 to Somali American viewers on March 28, 2010.

On March 28, 2010, Somali TV releases a video explaining Census 2010 to Somali American viewers. Somali TV is a weekly Somali-language show that airs on the Seattle Cable Access Network.The video is p...

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Explosion and fire at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes kills seven refinery workers on April 2, 2010.

Early Friday morning, on April 2, 2010, an explosion and fire erupt in the Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, killing seven refinery workers in the process of returning the...

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Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. moves from longtime Pioneer Square location to Capitol Hill and reopens on April 14, 2010.

On Wednesday April 14, 2010, Seattle's beloved Elliott Bay Book Company marks its bittersweet relocation to 1521 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill with a "soft" re-opening celebration. The store -- which ha...

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The Snoqualmie Tribe holds a blessing ceremony for the canoe Northern Dipper on April 22, 2010.

On April 22, 2010, the Snoqualmie Tribe holds a blessing ceremony at Lake Sammamish State Park for the Northern Dipper, its newly built ocean-going canoe. The canoe will be used that summer during Can...

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Nearly one-third of deployed U.S. nuclear weapons are based within 20 miles of downtown Seattle in 2010.

On May 3, 2010, the Pentagon discloses that the nation's gradually shrinking nuclear weapons arsenal now comprises 5,113 nuclear warheads. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which closely tracks d...

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Ken Griffey Jr. retires from baseball on June 2, 2010, ending the most accomplished and celebrated career in Seattle Mariners history.

On June 2, 2010, with a surprise announcement just a few hours before a game, Ken Griffey Jr. (b. 1969) retires from baseball, ending the most accomplished and celebrated career in Seattle Mariners hi...

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The annual Peace Arch celebration returns on June 13, 2010.

On June 13, 2010, the annual Peace Arch celebration, known informally as "Hands Across the Border," returns to Peace Arch Park (located on the U.S.-Canadian border between Blaine, Washington, and Doug...

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Lusty Lady, irreverent Seattle landmark, closes on June 27, 2010.

On June 27, 2010, the Lusty Lady, a downtown Seattle "panoram," or peepshow, closes after 25 years. Famed for the irreverent puns and double-entendres on its iconic pink and black marquee, "the Lusty"...

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Seattle's South Park Bridge spanning the Duwamish River opens for good (closing to traffic) on June 30, 2010.

At approximately 7:56 p.m. on June 30, 2010, the South Park Bridge closes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The bridge passes over the navigable portion of the Duwamish River at 14th to 16th Avenue...

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News that Seattle may ban new houseboats breaks on July 27, 2010.

On July 27, 2010, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's news website runs this attention-grabbing banner headline: "BANNED! State to Seattle; No New Houseboats." This is probably surprising news to plenty ...

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Seattle police officer Ian Birk fatally shoots Native American woodcarver John T. Williams on a downtown Seattle sidewalk, on August 30, 2010.

On August 30, 2010, Seattle police officer Ian Birk fatally shoots Native American woodcarver John T. Williams (1960-2010) on a downtown Seattle sidewalk. Footage from Birk's dashboard camera shows Wi...

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Juan Alonso, Dennis Coleman, Sergei Tschernisch, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Reel Grrls, and Velocity Dance Center receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 3, 2010.

On September 3, 2010, Juan Alonso (b. 1956), Dennis Coleman, Sergei Tschernisch, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Reel Grrls, and Velocity Dance Center are honored with Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards in a cere...

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Ethiopian Community Mutual Association celebrates the New Year in brand-new community center on September 11, 2010.

On the evening of September 11, 2010, the Ethiopian community celebrates Kiddus Yohannes, Ethiopian New Year, and the Ethiopian Community Mutual Association's purchase of a community center at 8323 Ra...

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New Lake Hills Library opens in redeveloped Lake Hills Village in Bellevue on September 11, 2010.

On September 11, 2010, a public open house celebrates the opening of the new $3.2 million Lake Hills Library, located at Lake Hills Village, on the corner of 156th Avenue SE and Lake Hills Boulevard i...

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Seattle Storm wins its second WNBA championship on September 16, 2010.

On September 16, 2010, the Seattle Storm defeats the Atlanta Dream 87-84 in Atlanta's Phillips Arena to win the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship. It is the franchise's secon...

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Sound Spirits celebrates its grand opening and likely becomes the first legal distillery in Seattle since the 1930s on September 18, 2010.

On September 18, 2010, Sound Spirits celebrates its grand opening and likely becomes the first legal distillery in Seattle since the 1930s. The Interbay-based company operates under a craft distillery...

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Lake Union Park opens in Seattle on September 25, 2010.

On the sunny Saturday of September 25, 2010, Seattle's new 12-acre waterfront park in the South Lake Union neighborhood is formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The culmination of a two-d...

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Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merge to create Joint Base Lewis-McChord on October 1, 2010.

On October 1, 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merge to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This merger had been directed by the 2005 Base Realignment Commission. This joint basing is intended...

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