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Former Civic Auditorium and Seattle Center Opera House opens as the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on June 28, 2003.

On June 28, 2003, the new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, home to the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera, opens for its first performances with a gala party. McCaw Hall is the latest incarnation...

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Washington state has its driest summer on record in 2003.

In 2003, Washington State has its driest summer since record keeping began in 1895. A persistent ridge of high pressure stays off the pacific coast all summer, preventing storms from coming ashore. Th...

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Bridge construction project unearths Tse-whit-zen, a largely intact Klallam Indian village, in a major archaeological discovery on August 16, 2003.

On August 16, 2003, workers building a graving dock for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) near Ediz Hook in Port Angeles uncover a shell midden. Discovery of the refuse pile, ...

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Sound Transit's Tacoma Link light rail system begins operation on August 22, 2003.

On August 22, 2003, Sound Transit's Tacoma Link, the state's first modern light rail system, has its inaugural run in downtown Tacoma. The line is 1.6 miles long and runs from South 9th Street in the ...

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Vinson Cole, Art Corps, Consolidated Works, and the Allen Foundation for the Arts receive the first Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on August 29, 2003.

On Friday afternoon, August 29, 2003, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) presents the first annual Mayor's Arts Awards at Seattle Center as part of opening ceremonies for the city's largest arts fes...

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Ferry Kalakala is auctioned off on September 13, 2003.

On September 13, 2003, the ferry Kalakala is auctioned in absentia at James K. Murphy, Co. in Kenmore, after a one-day viewing of the boat at its north Lake Union moorage. The auction is held to pay o...

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Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to murdering 48 Green River Killer victims on November 5, 2003.

On November 5, 2003, Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to murdering 48 women in King County between 1982 and 1998, solving the mystery of the Green River Killer. Ridgway admitted killing 42 women whom p...

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First U.S. case of mad cow disease is reported in a Mabton dairy cow on December 23, 2003.

On December 23, 2003, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announces that a Holstein cow from a dairy herd in Mabton, a small farming town in southeast Yakima County, has tested positive for mad cow dise...

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Rainier Beach Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after $3 million remodel on January 17, 2004.

On January 17, 2004, the Rainier Beach Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $3 million remodel. The new building is more than half again as large as the 1981 building, and it includes m...

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Jorge Carrasco becomes Seattle City Light superintendent on February 2, 2004.

On February 2, 2004, the City Council confirms Jorge Carrasco as the superintendent of Seattle City Light. The former city manager of Austin, Texas, has experience running drinking water utilities, bu...

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Lawney Reyes dedicates his sculpture Blue Jay, which honors his brother Bernie Whitebear, on February 27, 2004.

On February 27, 2004, Sin-Aikst (Colville) Indian artist Lawney Reyes (b. 1931) attends a dedication ceremony at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center for a sculpture he created called Blue Jay, wh...

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Green Lake Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after renovation on March 6, 2004.

On March 6, 2004, the Green Lake Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after renovation at 7364 E Greenlake Drive N. This is the sixth branch to open as part of "Libraries For All," a $196.4 mi...

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