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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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Washington voters re-elect Governor Jay Inslee and support Joe Biden for president on November 3, 2020.

In the election of November 3, 2020, Washington voters re-elect Governor Jay Inslee (b. 1951), and nine of the state's 10 members of Congress who are seeking re-election. Former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn S...

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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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Spokane City Council renames Fort George Wright Drive as Whistalks Way on December 14, 2020.

On December 14, 2020, during its regular weekly meeting, the Spokane City Council unanimously votes to change the name of Fort George Wright Drive in west Spokane to Whistalks Way. Colonel George Wrig...

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First COVID-19 vaccine administered in Washington is given to 13 healthcare workers on December 15, 2020.

On December 15, 2020, a group of 13 healthcare workers in Seattle become the first people in Washington to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The group of doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, and...

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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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Heat wave broils Western Washington, shattering Seattle and regional temperature records on June 28, 2021.

On June 28, 2021, the third day of a withering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature in Seattle soars to 108 degrees, an all-time record. The reading is recorded at nearby Seattle-T...

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Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle opens with benefit concert featuring Foo Fighters on October 19, 2021.

On October 19, 2021, Seattle music fans get a sneak peek at the new Climate Pledge Arena with a benefit concert featuring two bands with strong Seattle ties, Foo Fighters and Death Cab for Cutie. The ...

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Seattle Kraken play their first home game, a 4-2 loss to Vancouver, on October 23, 2021.

On October 23, 2021, the Seattle Kraken of the National Hockey League play their first home game. The result, a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, fails to dim the celebratory mood as Seattle welcomes...

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Pickleball becomes Washington's official state sport on March 28, 2022.

On March 28, 2022, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation establishing pickleball as the official state sport of Washington. Invented on Bainbridge Island in 1965 by three men – Joel Pritc...

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Arson fire destroys historic buildings in Friday Harbor on April 7, 2022.

On April 7, 2022, at 3:43 a.m., a passing tow-truck driver spots flames coming from the windows of one of the oldest buildings in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Through the night and following day,...

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Hope Corps, a program to help Seattle creative workers and artists re-enter the workforce, launches on April 27, 2022.

On April 27, 2022, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) inaugurates a program called Hope Corps that provides grants to under- and unemployed creative workers and arts organizations who dev...

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Black Arts Legacies digital archive launches in Seattle on June 7, 2022.

On June 7, 2022, Black Arts Legacies, a digital archive exploring the history, diversity, and impact of Seattle Black artists, debuts. The inaugural Legacies archive includes written profiles, photogr...

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AIDS Memorial Pathway in Seattle is completed on June 15, 2022.

On June 15, 2022, the final piece of artwork comprising the AIDS Memorial Pathway is installed. The last work of art is Horatio Hung-Yan Law’s "Ribbon of Light," which joins the work of four oth...

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Prototype all-electric commuter airplane built by Arlington company takes flight from Moses Lake on September 27, 2022.

On September 27, 2022, shortly after dawn, an all-electric commuter aircraft prototype, powered by more than 21,500 battery cells, takes off from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake....

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Providence Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary in Everett on March 1, 2023.

On March 1, 2023, Providence Hospital of Everett, Pacific campus, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its groundbreaking in 1923, when a two-stage building plan at a cost of $300,000 was approved by t...

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Everett-built OceanGate Titan carrying five people disappears in the North Atlantic on June 18, 2023.

On June 18, 2023, the OceanGate Titan submersible begins its two and a half mile descent to the wreckage of the RMS Titanic. It is 8 a.m. EDT in the North Atlantic, 400 miles from the c...

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Seattle celebrates 50 years of its P-Patch Program on September 9, 2023.

On September 9, 2023, Seattle gardeners and friends gather to celebrate a half-century of city-sponsored community gardening through the P-Patch Program. The program was launched in 1973 after Univers...

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