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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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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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