40,000 to 10,000 BC: Future 'native Americans' arrive in Pacific Northwest.
1570-1800: Exploratory European expeditions begin mapping the coast of the Northwest. Sir Francis Drake is the first and a number of explorers eventually follow, most being of Spanish, Russian, or British origin.
1792: Captain George Vancouver compiles the first truly extensive maps of the Northwest coastline.
1803-1806: Captains William Clark and Meriwether Lewis lead the Corps of Discovery's Transcontinental Expedition of the lands west of the Missouri River.
1805: Lewis & Clark reach what is a today part of Washington State.
1811: John Jacob Astor builds Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River as part of his Pacific Fur Company.
1811: David Thompson maps the Columbia from its headwaters.
1818: United States and Great Britain agree to joint occupation of the Oregon Territory.
1823: Monroe Doctrine warns other countries against attempting occupation in US claimed lands.
1824: Bureau of Indian Affairs is set up in the War Department. Russia sets its southern boundary in the Pacific Northwest at 54 degrees, 40 minutes.
1825: Hudson's Bay Company sets up Fort Colville and Fort Vancouver. Both lay along the Columbia River.
1831: Department of Indian Affairs is set up in the Department of the Interior. New duties include dealing with Native American nations in the West.
1834: The Whitman Party, including Dr Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa and also Reverend H H Spalding and his wife Eliza set up mission at the junction of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Their travel route would become known as the Oregon Trail and used by thousands of future settlers.
1839: Fr Pierre-Jean DeSmet arrives among the Flatheads in the Bitterroot Valley. He and his staff would set up a number of Jesuit missions in present day states of Washington and Idaho.
1841: Lieutenant Charles F Wilkes leads a US Naval expedition of the Pacific Northwest. Members of his crew included scientists, who brought back numerous samples of both flora and fauna.
1841: The Western Emigration Society, a group of settlers bound for California and the Oregon Territory led by John Bidwell, set off on the Oregon Trail.
1842: John C Fremont leads an Army Topographical Corps' Expedition to the Rocky Mountains. He witnesses an eruption of Mt St Helens. His maps of this expedition and one the following year are printed by the government and are widely used by pioneers heading west.
1843: The Great Migration, a rush of approximately 1,000 pioneers, head out on the Oregon Trail, led by Dr Marcus Whitman.
1844: James K Polk becomes President of the United States. Among his four goals is the designation of the Oregon Territory's northern border to extend to 54' 40", even if through an act of war.
1846: Oregon Treaty peacefully designates the 49th parallel as the northern boundary of the United States, extending its previous line from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
1848: "Oregon" --the Pacific Northwest--becomes an official US territory.
1853: Farmers living north of the Columbia River successfully argue for Congress to declare the region Washington Territory. It encompasses land east to the Rocky Mountains that are today Idaho and part of Montana.
1854-1856:A number of treaties are signed between Native Americans living in Washington Territory and the US government.
1855-1858: War between the US and the Yakima Indians continues.
1858: The first Northwest railroad, the Cascade Railroad Company, begins operation in the Columbia River Gorge. The Walla Walla and Columbia River Railroad became the second Northwest railroad in 1873, and a large number of local railroads subsequently spring up in the 1880s.
1859: Oregon joins the Union as a Free State.
1861: The battle at Fort Sumter marks the beginning of the Civil War.
1862: Congress passes the Pacific Railroad Act, giving Central Pacific and Union Pacific Companies permission and land grants to begin construction of a transcontinental railroad line stretching along the 42nd parallel.
1862: The Homestead Act is passed, providing 160 acres of surveyed but unclaimed public land to each citizen. Title is awarded if resided on and improvements made after five years.
1863: Idaho Territory is formed.
1864: Montana Territory is formed.
1865: Civil War ends. Union Pacific Railroad heads west.
1871: Indian Appropriations Act states that Indians are no longer considered sovereign nations but wards of the federal government.
1872: The American-British border dispute in the San Juan islands is settled via arbitration by the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm.
1872: President Grant establishes the Colville Confederated Tribes through an Executive Order, not a treaty. The reservation lands are reduced later that year following complaints of Colville Valley settlers.
1883: The Northern Pacific Railroad is completed and runs as far west as Tacoma.
1887: Dawes Severalty Act is passed. Indian lands are split into individual allotments, with remaining lands becoming public and therefore up for sale. Colville Reservation begins allotment process in 1906.
1889: Washington granted statehood.
1890: Idaho granted statehood.
1902: Newlands Reclamation Act passed, beginning a long period of federally constructed dams.Reclamation Service initiates irrigation projects for both the Yakima and Okanogan Valleys.
1905: Under the Dawes Act, tribal lands on the south half of the Colville Reservation not then allotted are declared up for sale to white settlers.
1905: The Washington State Highway Department is formed, to oversee the construction and maintenance of roads and highways.
1909: Seattle hosts the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exhibition.
1910: Women win the vote in Washington State.
1934: Indian Reorganization Act sets up Tribal Business Councils and promotes the return of communal ownership of reservation lands, in order to create self-sufficiency.
1936: Completion of Bonneville Dam.
1941: Completion of Grand Coulee Dam.
15.5 Million Years Ago: Southeastern Washington and Oregon were covered by huge lava flows estimated at some 40,000 cubic miles. Some beds were over a mile thick. The weight led to a sag in the earth and the ancient Lake Vantage formed.
40,000BC: Mount St Helens was born and intermittent eruptions continued to about 500 BC.
15k-13kBC: During the last Ice Age dams of glacial meltwater repeatedly failed and eroded land in southeastern Washington state and Oregon. This exposed petrified logs in what later became Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. An ice dam, which blocked the Clark Fork River in Montana and created lake Missoula, broke at least 40 times and caused cataclysmic floods. One Missoula flood left Portland under 400 feet of water.
7200 BC: A skeleton of about this age was found in July, 1996, by the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wa. It became known as the "Kennewick Man" or "Richland Man." The 9,200 year old bones were later studied and determined to be most closely related to Asian people, particularly the Ainu of northern Japan. It was concluded in 2000 that he was an American Indian. The bones were dated to 7514-7324 BC.
3,600BC: The Osceola mudflow from Mount Ranier covered an area from Rainier to Puget Sound.
c1400: The 6 yard deep Electron Mudflow came down from Mount Rainier where the town of Orting was later established.
1592: Juan de Fuca, a Greek sailing for Spain, sailed into a strait that later became the border between Canada's Vancouver Island, BC, and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. The waterway was later named the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
1778: Mar 22, Captain Cook sighted Cape Flattery in Washington state.
1788: A sea captain named Mount Olympus (7,965-ft).
1792: May 7, Capt Robert Gray discovered Gray's Harbor in Washington state.
1792: May 8, British Capt George Vancouver sighted and named Mt Rainier, Wash.
1792: May 11, The Columbia River was discovered and named by Captain Robert Gray.
1792: Jun 4, Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
1807: The Congressional Cemetery near Capital Hill was established.
1811: Apr 12, First US colonists on Pacific coast arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
1825: The Hudson's Bay Company planted grapes at Fort Vancouver (Washington State).
1834: A crippled Hojun-maru junk, blown off course with 3 Japanese castaways, washed ashore on Cape Flattery in Washington state. Makah Indians seized the cargo, enslaved the sailors and then sold them to the Hudson's Bay Company.
1842: Nov 22, Mount St Helen's in Washington state erupted. Mount St Helens began 15 years of intermittent eruptions and then became relatively quiet for 123 years.
1843: Nov 13, Mt Rainier in Washington State erupted.
1846: Jun 15, The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest at the 49th parallel. Great Britain and the US agreed on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory. President Polk agreed to a compromise border along the 49th parallel. The debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The campaign slogan "54-40 or fight" referred to the debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The slogan "54-40 or fight" refers to the north latitude degree and minute where many Americans wanted to place the border between the US and then Great Britain in the Pacific Northwest.
1846: Jun 15, Washington diplomats established a straight line border between the US and Canada in the northwest and thus established Point Roberts, Wa. as the westernmost corner of the US. The enclave is 4.9 sq miles.
1846-1859: Ownership of the San Juan Islands was not settled in the 1846 Oregon Treaty. The Pig War of 1859 forced an arbitration under Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany. Six Royal Marines and 16US soldiers died during the 13-year occupation from drownings, disease and suicides.
1850s: Port Townsend was founded.
1851: Andrew Jackson Pope and Frederic Talbot of Maine built their 1st sawmill on Puget Sound, Wa. Pope & Talbot were soon shipping lumber around the world.
1853: Mar 2, The Territory of Washington was organized after separating from Oregon Territory.
1853: Nov 28, Olympia was established as capital of the Washington Territory.
1855: The US government signed a treaty with some American Indians that gave them permanent rights to their existing lands. The Makah tribe of Washington secured a right to hunt whales in exchange for ceding title to their land. In 1972 the Marine Mammals Protection Act prohibited the slaughter of whales without a permit.
1855: Nez Perce elders agreed to sell most of their land to the US government. They retained some 10 thousand square miles as a reservation in the area where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet. Gold was soon discovered in the area and in 1863 the US government called for a new deal.
1857: The New Dungeness Light Station was built at the end of the Dungeness Spit in Dungeness Bay, Washington state.
1859: Aug 3, U.S. Army captain George Edward Pickett faced the British in the Pacific Northwest. Pickett had served with valor in the Mexican War right after his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he had subsequently seen duty at several frontier posts. On August 3, 1859, the man whose name would be forever linked to the most famous of all Civil War charges was the American commander on the scene as the United States and Great Britain again stood on the brink of war in the San Juan Islands Pig War.
1859: Lyman Cutlar, an American farmer, shot and killed a Berkshire boar uprooting his potato patch and the British threatened to put him into irons. The Pig War on San Juan Island forced an arbitration under Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, who awarded the San Juan islands off Washington state to the US. Six Royal Marines and 16 US soldiers died during the 13-year occupation fromdrownings, disease and suicides.
1860: St Paul's Episcopal Church was built in Port Townsend.
1863: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was founded.
1865-1890: Wars against the native American Indians were fought during this period in the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 Peter Cozzens edited: "Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890: The Wars for the Pacific Northwest."
1866: Pres Andrew Johnson signed an executive order that removed the Shoalwater Bay Indians in Washington state from their villages and onto a 1-sq mile reservation. By 2000 erosion took away over half the tribal land and miscarriages stood at 4 times the expected rate.
1867: In Washington state Croatian immigrants founded the area that came to be known as Gig Harbor after Captain Charles Wilkes brought in his small boat there for safety from a storm.
1869: The fishing port of La Conner was founded on the Swinomish Channel in Washington's Skagit Valley.
1870: Aug 17, The 1st ascent of Mt Rainier in Washington state.
1875: Nov 4, "Pacific" collided with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash, and 236 people died.
1885: Nov 3, Tacoma, Wa, vigilantes drove out Chinese residents and burned their homes and businesses.
1885: Joseph O'Neil, US Army lieutenant, spent a month ascending from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains of Washington state.
1885: Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce were allowed to take up residence on the Colville reservation in northern Washington.
1886: Feb 9, President Cleveland declared a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence.
1889: Feb 22, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union. The "omnibus bill" was an act dividing the Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota, and enabling the two Dakotas to formulate constitutions. A constitutional convention was held at Bismarck beginning July 4, 1889. A constitution was formulated and submitted to a vote of the people of the State of North Dakota on October 1, 1889, and was adopted.
1889: Jul 4, Washington state constitutional convention held 1st meeting.
1889: Nov 11, Washington became the 42nd state of the US.
1889: Seattle, Wa, burned to the ground.
1889: Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., was founded. During the economic crises in 2008 it became the largest ever US bank to fail.
1890: The Snoqualmie Depot was built by several rail companies.
1891: The Gaches Mansion was built in the fishing port of La Conner in Skagit Valley, Washington. It later became home to the Northwest's only quilt museum.
1893: Jan 6, Great Northern Railway connected Seattle with east coast.
1896: The Seattle Times was founded.
1897: Jul 15, The gold-laden ship Excelsior from Alaska landed in San Francisco. Seattle mayor WD Wood was visiting and immediately resigned his job, hired a ship, and organized an expedition from SF to the Yukon territory.
1897: Jul 17, The Steamer Portland arrived into Seattle from Alaska with 68 prospectors carrying more than a ton of gold. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that men with gold from Alaska were landing. This unleashed the Klondike gold rush and tens of thousands headed for the Yukon. The Klondike gold rush gave America and Canada a psychological boost in getting the economy moving again after the terrible depression that followed the 1893 crash.
1897: Pres Grover Cleveland established a forest reserve in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with sharp restrictions on commercial logging. 3 years later McKinley remanded a third of the reserve back to open logging.
1899: Mar 2, Congress established Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, the nation's 5th national park.
1899: The Anne Starrett Mansion was built in Port Townsend.
1900: Frederick Weyerhaeuser, a German immigrant, and 15 partners purchased 900,000 acres of land from a railway company in Washington state.
1902: Sep 12, The Yacolt Fire burned 238,000 acres in Oregon and Washington and killed 38 people.
1903: May 3, Bing Crosby (d.1977), singer and actor, was born in Tacoma, Wa. The family soon moved to Spokane where he grew up.
1904: Sep 21, Exiled Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph died in Washington state reportedly of a "broken heart." In 1984 "Chief Joseph&'s Own Story" was published.
1907: Jun 27, John McIntire, actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), was born in Spokane, Wash.
1907: Aug 28, Two Seattle teenagers began a telephone message service that grew to become the United Parcel Service (UPS). Jim Casey (19) and Claude Ryan founded the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Wash. In 1913 the company merged with Evert McCabe and formed Merchants Parcel Delivery. In 1919 the company expanded beyond Seattle and changed their name to United Parcel Service (UPS).
1907: Mt. Rainier National Park became the first national park opened to car traffic and attendance soared.
1907: Sam Hill, railroad magnate, purchased 6,000 acres along the Columbia River with plans for a Quaker community. He called the area Maryhill after his daughter and established a museum there.
1908: May 23, Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, Washington.
1909: Jun 1, Pres. William Howard Taft touched a key in Washington, DC, sending a signal to Seattle, opening the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Expo at the Seattle World's Fair, as well as a signal to NYC initialing the New York to Seattle Automobile Race.
1909: Jun 1, Guido Deiro, European vaudeville star, introduced the "fizarmonica systema piano" at the Alaskan Exposition in Seattle, Washington. He was contracted by the Ranco Antonio Accordion Company of Italy and is credited with naming the instrument " piano accordion." His brother Pietro Deiro was the first to play the accordion in San Francisco.
1909: Jun 23, A Ford Model T crossed the finish line in the NYC to Seattle Automobile Race after 22 days and 55 minutes to claim the Guggenheim Cup and a $2,000 first prize. A Shamut came in 17 hours later to win the 2nd-place prize of $1500. An Acme car came in on June 29 to claim a $1000 3rd prize. The Ford was later disqualified for having switched engines enroute.
1909: The Pergola in Pioneer Square was built as a cable car stop. It was destroyed by a truck in 2001.
1910: Mar 1, An avalanche at Wellington, Wa, pushed two Great Northern trains carrying 96 people over a ledge at Stevens Pass.
1910: Jun 16, The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane Washington by Mrs John Bruce Dodd. [see Jun 19] Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is credited with the concept for Father's Day. Dodd sought a way to honor her own father, who had raised her as a single parent. In 1924 the holiday was approved by President Calvin Coolidge and, in 1972, President Richard Nixon officially recognized the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
1910: Jun 19, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane Washington, initiated by Mrs John B Dodd. [see June 16]
1910: The 15-story US Bank Building was constructed in Spokane.
1910: Nils August Johanson founded Swedish Hospital in Seattle. His daughter, Katherine, married Elmer Nordstrom in 1934 and helped build the Nordstrom apparel chain.
1910: In Seattle, Wa, a site on the banks of Puget Sound was developed as a fuel storage facility. In the 1990s it was cleaned up and then transformed into the 8 acre Olympic Sculpture Park.
1910: In Washington state Axel Uddenberg opened Gig Harbor's first general store. In the 1960s it served as a dance and music hall. In 1973 Peter Stanley bought the place and turned it into the Tides Tavern.
1911: In Tacoma, Wa, Frank C Mars began his candy company with a circle of chocolate covered with a crunchy coating. It was modeled after a British confection. His son, Forrest, created M&Ms in 1940.
1912: Chuck Jones (d.2002), cartoon animator, was born in Spokane.
1913: Apr 7, The suffragists' marched to the Capitol in Washington, DC. By the second decade of the 20th century, woman suffrage--women's right to vote--had become an issue of national importance in America. The growth in the numbers of American working women and the valuable contributions women made in war production during World War I further increased the suffragists'support. On August 20, 1919, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
1913: Philip H Abelson (d.2004), nuclear physicist, was born in Tacoma, Wa. In 1940 he and Edwin McMillan discovered Neptunium, element No. 93.
1914: Feb 9, Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper, was born in Seattle Wash.
1916: Jul 15, The Boeing Co, originally known as Pacific Aero Products, was founded in Seattle by William Boeing.
1916: The National Park Inn was built in Longmire, Washington, as the first headquarters for Mount Rainier National Park.
1917: Mar 27, The Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1917: The Paradise Inn was built in Washington state's Mount Rainier National Park. In 2006 it was closed for renovation.
1917: The Church of Christ, Scientist, was built in Yakima, Washington. In 2005 it re-opened as a non-profit music hall called The Seasons.
1919: Feb 6, The 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike, the first general strike in America, took effect. During this period Washington was a center for the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies." Their agitation led to the Centralia massacre and the Everett massacre.
1919: Mar 3, Boeing flew the first U.S. international airmail from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Wash.
1920: Mar 14, Hank Ketchum, cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), was born in Seattle, Wa.
1921: Jan 29, A hurricane hit Washington and Oregon.
1921: May 29, James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), was born in Spokane, WA.
1921: Sep 5, Roy Gardner (1886-1940), train and mail robber, made his escape from McNeil Island in Washington state during an inmate baseball game. He was probably the first and only man to escape from the Island, which led the US Government to build another "escape proof" federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
1921: The Hearst Corp acquired the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.
1924: Sep 28, Two US Army planes landed in Seattle, Wash, having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days. Three US Army aircraft arrived in Seattle, Washington, after completing a 22 day round-the-world flight.
1925: May 14, Patrice Munsel, soprano (Met Opera, Patrice Munsel Show), was born in Spokane, Wash.
1926: Queen Marie of Romania spoke at the dedication ceremony of the unfinished Maryhill Museum in Washington state. Sam Hill, railroad magnate, built a replica of Stonehenge as a monument to Klickitat County soldiers who lost their lives in the World War on the premises. His nearby mansion later became the Maryhill Museum of Art.
1928: The capitol building in Olympia was completed.
1930s: Boeing's P-26 Peashooter, built in the 1930s, was the United States` first single-wing, all-metal fighter. Boeing's P-26 was a milestone in three respects. It was thefirst US Army Air Corps fighter to incorporate several important design features that would become standard on aircraft subsequently used in World War II. To placate conservative elements in the Air Corps, however, the P-26`s designers were constrained to include several anachronistic features in the airplane that hampered its development potential. The Peashooter was also to be the last fighter aircraft mass-produced by Boeing before the company went on to bigger things.
1931: Oct 4, Aerial circus star Clyde Pangborn and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr set off in Miss Veedol to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Sabishiro Beach in Misawa City, Japan. A young boy gave Panghorn 5 apples from Misawa City.
1931: Oct 5, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr belly landed Miss Veedol, a Bellanca CH-200 monoplane, in Wenatchee, Wa, to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. They won a $25,000 prize from the Japanese Ashi Shimbun newspaper. Panghorn sent apple cuttings from Wenatchee's Richard Delicious apples to Japan which were soon distributed across Japan.
1931: Sam Hill, railroad magnate, died. His Maryhill Museum was dedicated on his birthday in 1940.
1933: Dec, Excavation began for the Grand Coulee Dam in Central Washington. The Columbia River dam was completed in 1941. In 1954 Murray Morgan (1916-2000) authored "The Dam," a historical overview of the dam.
1934: Jul 29, The West Coast longshoremen's strike came to an end on its 82nd day when the dock workers' leaders accepted conditions proposed by the National Longshoremen's board, pending arbitration. Men returned to work on July 31.
1935: July 4, The re-designed Peralta ferry from SF Bay was launched by Captain Alexander Peabody, head of the Black Ball Line. He had the ship streamlined and sheathed in aluminum. A curved lunch counter, Art Deco bar and dance floor was added and the ship was renamed the Kalakala, "Flying Bird." The ship was retired in 1967 and sold to an Alaskan firm which used it as a floating crab processing plant. In 1998 it was returned to Seattle by Peter Bevis and slated for refurbishing by the Kalakala Foundation.
1937: Pres Roosevelt paid a visit to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Some 3 thousand school children gathered to urge him establish Olympic National Park.
1938: May 26, William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), was born in Seattle, Washington.
1938: Jun 29, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, were founded.
1938: Dec 29, Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, began.
1938: Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) was founded as a basement co-op by Seattle area mountain-climbing buddies. It was based in Kent, Wa. By 2006 it had 82 stores and cleared $1 billion in 2005 sales.
1939: Mar 3, Eleanor Roosevelt christened Pan Am's new Boeing built Yankee Clipper.
1939: May 1, Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), was born in Seattle, Wash.
1940: May 13, The completed Maryhill Museum opened on founder Sam Hill's (d.1931), birthday. Much of the art collection was donated by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the California sugar magnate.
1940: Jul 1, The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state opened to the public. The initial design by Clark Eldridge had been redesigned by NYC consultant Leo Moisseiff, who replaced a 25-foot deep stiffening truss with an 8-foot truss to reduce costs.
1940: Jul 2, The Lake Washington Floating bridge in Seattle was dedicated.
1940: Nov 7, The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," collapsed during a windstorm. In 1950 a new fortified bridge was built on the original piers.
1941: Mar 22, The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.
1942: Nov 27, Jimi Hendrix, rock musician famous for "All Along the Watch Tower" and "Foxy Lady," was born in Seattle, Wa.
1943: The Hanford nuclear reservation was constructed for the Manhattan Project. Hanford madeplutonium until the 1980s.
1943: Harold LeMay (d.2000 at 81) founded his Pierce County Refuse Co and built it into Lemay Enterprises, the 10th largest trash removal company in the country. He went on to collect some 2,400 vintage automobiles.
1944: Aug 14, In Seattle, Wa, a riot took place at Fort Lawton, following a scuffle between an Italian prisoner and a black soldier. POW Guglielmo Olivotto was found hanged the next day. In an ensuing trial 28 men were convicted. In 2005 Jack Hamann and his wife Leslie authored "On American Soil", which covered the riot and the subsequent events. The convictions of thesoldiers were overturned based largely on shortcomings in the prosecution described in the book.
1944-1972: Radioactive releases from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were the heaviest over this period. The releases were only acknowledged in 1987.
1947: Jun 24, Flying saucers were "sighted" over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold.
1948: Jan 7, Kenny Loggins, singer (& Messina-This is it, Footloose), was born in Everett, WA.
1948: Clara Fraser (d.1998 at 74), led a strike against Boeing and pressured the union to represent women and minorities. After the strike she was blacklisted and hounded from job to job by the FBI.
1949: Ray Charles made his debut recording of "Confession Blues" in Seattle.
1950: Luke Williams (d.2004) and his brother Chuck invented a time-temperature sign that later became common on office buildings throughout the world. The 1st one was placed on a bank in downtown Spokane, Wa. In 1951 they formed American Sign and Indicator.
1949: A 7.1 slab earthquake hit beneath Olympia, Wa. It was the most damaging trembler of the century but few lives were lost.
1950: Aug 14, Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), was born in Tacoma, Washington.
1950: Oct 14, In Washington state westbound traffic opened on the new fortified bridge over the Tacoma Narrows. The new design was approved after a model passed wind tunnel tests designed by engineering Prof. Frederick Burt Farquharson.
1950: Edwin O Guthman (1919-2008) received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his stories in the Seattle Times on the Washington legislature's Un-American Activities Committee.
1951: Jul 18, Pope Pius XII established the Archdiocese of Seattle and named Rev Thomas A Connolly as its 1st archbishop.
1952: Mar 14, An operator accidentally opened an outlet tube gate valve at the Grand Coulee Dam. Water entered the powerhouses and the dam was seriously threatened. Dam operators managed to shut off the water and saved the dam.
1953: Jul 22, The Theodore Hamm Brewing Co of St Paul, Minn, purchased the Rainier Brewing Co at 1550 Bryant St, SF, for $1,809,937. The trade name had already been sold to Sick Brewery Enterprises of Seattle.
1955: Mar 31, US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, closed.
1957: Mar 20, In Washington state the Dalles Dam pushed back the Columbia River to reap the benefits of hydroelectric power. In six hours the islands of Celilo Falls were gone forever beneath a mockingly tranquil reservoir pool.
1957: Reporters William Lambert (d.1998 at 78) and Wallace Turner won a Pulitzer Prize forinvestigative reporting for their series on Dave Beck, the president of the Int'l. Brotherhood of Teamsters. They exposed that Teamsters and racketeers had combined forces to take over the Portland City government. The articles in the Oregonian were later used by Robert Kennedy for his probe on the Teamsters.
1958: Sep, A Navy plane crashed during a training mission in Washington's Puget Sound. The plane carried an unarmed nuclear weapon that was never found.
1961: May 22, The 1st revolving restaurant, Top of The Needle in Seattle, opened.
1962: A World's Fair opened in Seattle under the theme "Century 21." The fair featured a one-mile monorail between downtown and the City Center.
1962: The Columbia Winery in Woodinville was founded. It is the oldest winery in the state.
1962: Monte Holm, a former hobo, opened his House of Poverty Museum in Moses Lake. In 1999 he published the autobiography "Once a Hobo" with Dennis L Clay.
1963: Feb 9, 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet.
1963: Aug 28, Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opened.
1963: William L Dwyer, Seattle trial lawyer, defended John Goldmark from accusations of being a Communist. Dwyer later authored "The Goldmark Case: An American Liber Trial."
1963: L M Boyd began a column of odds and ends for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It was picked up by the SF Chronicle in 1968 and called "The Grab Bag." Boyd retired at the end of 2000 after 40 years of writing.
1964: Bill Kirschner (1918-2006), Washington state manufacturer of fiberglass products, began producing the first fiberglass skis.
1965: Apr 29, Seattle experienced an earthquake. 7 people were killed and damage was estimated at $12.5 million.
1966-1984: Henry Holt (d.1997 at 63) served as the director of the Seattle Opera.
1967: Feb 20, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana grunge band musician, was born in Aberdeen, Washington. He was found dead at his Lake Washington home on April 8, 1994, of suicide committed about 5 Apr.
1967: Apr 9, The 1st Boeing 737-100 made its maiden flight.
1968: Sep 30, The 1st Boeing 747 was rolled out of the Everett, Wa, assembly building.
1968: Oct 2, Pres. Johnson signed a bill establishing Washington state's North Cascades National Park.
1968: Oct 2, The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, spanning Mexico to Canada, was designated a National Scenic Trail as part of the US National Trails System Act.
1969: Feb 9, The Boeing 747, the world's largest airplane, made its 1st commercial flight.
1969: Jul 25, Some 70,000 attended the Seattle Pop Festival. The music festival, organized by Boyd Grafmyrem, was held at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington, from July 25 to July 28, 1969.
1969: A government clerk in the Bureau of Indian Affairs dropped the Samish Indian nation from the list of recognized tribes. In 2002 the tribe, native to the San Juan Islands and western Skagit County of Washington state, sued for recognition and damages.
1970: Jan 17, Silas Trim Bissell (d.2002) and his wife Judith, Weathermen underground members, set a homemade bomb under the steps of the ROTC building at Washington State Univ. It failed to go off and both were caught. Bissel went underground but was caught and served 17 months in Lompoc (1987-1988).
1970: The Seattle Pilots baseball team after one season moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.
1970: Jacob Lawrence (d.2000 at 82), painter of the African-American experience, became an art professor at the Univ. of Washington.
1971: Jul 1, The state of Washington became the 1st US state to ban sex discrimination.
1971: Nov 24, On Thanksgiving eve DB Cooper boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Or, and demanded $200,000 with the threat of a bomb. He parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with the money over the Cascade Mountains near Ariel, Wash, and was never seen again. FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach wrote the book NORJAK that described the case. A packet containing $5,880 of the ransom money was found in 1980 on the north shore of the Columbia River, just west of the Washington city of Vancouver.
1971: Starbucks began in Seattle as a single coffee shop. Gordon Bowker, Zev Siegl and Jerry Baldwin, former students of the Univ of SF, opened Starbuck's Coffee, Tea and Spice with coffee supplied from Peet's Coffee in Berkeley. Howard Schultz, a marketing director hired in 1982, later published "Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time."Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987. The company went public in 1992. By 1996 there were 1,115 stores. By 2006 there were 10,500 locations around the world.
1972: Nov 2, In Seattle, Wa, ground was officially broken for the new Kingdome. It was completed in 1976. It was destroyed Mar 26, 2000.
1972: Alfred McKenzie, a former Tuskegee Airman and current pressman for the Government Printing Office, filed suit contending that he and fellow black employees had long been passed over for promotions that went to whites. After many appeals the suit was won and in 1987 the office agreed to pay $2.4 million in back wages to several hundred employees.
1972: Washington state's Highway 72, dubbed the North Cascades Scenic Highway, opened.
1973: The TV "Frugal Gourmet" show began in Tacoma, Wa, with minister Jeff Smith (1939-2004) and then went national on PBS.
1973: The Kronos Quartet was founded in Seattle by violinist David Harrington. The original group included, Harrington, violist Hank Dutt, violinist John Sherba, and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.
1973: The Picardo Farm P-Patch was established north of the Univ. of Washington as a community garden.
1974: Feb 1, Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, was abducted in Seattle.
1974: Mar 12, Bundy victim Donna Manson (b.1954) disappeared from Evergreen State College inOlympia, Wa.
1974: Apr 17, Ted Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappeared from CWU, Ellensburg, WA.
1974: Jun 11, Georgann Hawkins, Bundy victim, disappeared from UW, in Seattle, Wash.
1974: Jul 14, Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappeared at Lake Sammamish, WA.
1977: Apr 6, The Seattle Kingdome opened and the Mariners lost to the Angels 7-0. The Seattle Mariners baseball team were created following the 1970 departure of the 1-year-old Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee.
1977-1981: Dixie Lee Ray served as the Democratic governor.
1978: May 13, Henry Rono (b.1952) of Kenya, running for Washington State Univ, set an NCAArecord for 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:05.4).
1978: Oct 12, Representatives of Israel and Egypt opened talks in Washington.
1979: Jan 12, Kenneth Bianchi, LA's Hillside Strangler, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa. He and his cousin Angelo Buono (d.2002 at 67) sexually assaulted and murdered as many as 13 young women (12-28) in 1977-1978, and dumping their bodies on LA-area hillsides. Bianchi testified against Buono to escape the death penalty. Buono was convicted on 9 of 10 murder counts and was sentenced to life in prison
1979: Mar 4, Willi Unsoeld, mountain climber, died in an avalanche on Mt Rainier, Wa In 2002 Robert Roper authored "Fatal Mountaineer: The High Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan Legend."
1979: Sep 26, The body of a young woman was found in Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon, Ca, She had been stabbed over 40 times with an ice pick and burned. In 2007 DNA evidence identified her as Tammy Vincent (17). She had testified this year against several people arrested during a raid in Seattle, Wash, of 2 establishments believed to be prostitution fronts.
1980: Mar 20, Mount St Helens was shaken by a 4.0 earthquake.
1980: Mar 27, Mount St Helens, dormant for 123 years, erupted with ash and steam. A crater formed at the summit and the north flank began to bulge.
1980: Apr 3, A state of emergency was declared in the area of Mount St Helens as a 2nd crater formed and the north slope began swelling.
1980: Apr 10, The north slope bulge extended out 320 feet and grew at a rate of 5 feet per day.
1980: Apr 30, Gov Dixie Lee Ray closed the area within 10 miles of Mount St Helens.
1980: May 18, At 8:32 am Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupted. It burst 3 times in 24 hours after rumbling for two months and left 57 people dead or missing. The mountain lost over 1,300 feet of elevation and gained a two-mile-long and one mile-wide crater.
1980: May 25, Mount St Helens erupted again and deposited ash over western Washington and Oregon.
1980: Jun 12, A 3rd major eruption occurred at Mount St Helens. A lava dome began to form in the crater.
1980: Jun 14, A 4th eruption blasted through the lava dome at Mount St Helens.
1980: Aug 7, A 5th major eruption occurred at Mount St Helens. [see May 18]
1980: Oct 17, Mt St Helens erupted 3 times in 24 hours, in Washington. The eruptions had begun May 18.
1980: Oct 18, A 6th major eruption occurred at Mount St Helens and a new lava dome emerged that grew to 130 feet by the next day.
1980: The grunge rock group Alice in Chains produced their debut album "Facelift." One track was titled "We Die Young." In 2002 Layne Staley (34), lead singer for Alice in Chains, was found dead in Seattle with obvious signs of drug use.
1981: Apr, Tim Paterson, who wrote QDOS in 1980, quit Seattle Computer Products and began working at Microsoft in May. He became best known as the original author of the popular MS-DOS operating system (1981).
1981: Sep 26, The twin-engine Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, Wash.
1981: R M "Bob" Crane, a manly florist, founded the Order of the Manly Men in Roslyn.
1982: Feb 5, The US Forest Service opened much of the damaged area around Mount St Helens.
1982: Sep 1, The US Congress created the 110,000 acre Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument.
1982: Dec 5, The Univ Baptist Church in Seattle declared itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees.
1982-1984: A series of female slayings began in the Pacific Northwest that totaled as many as 49. 4 deaths were blamed on the so-called Green River Killer. In 2001 police arrested Gary Ridgeway (52) on DNA evidence that linked him to 3 dead women.
1983: Feb 13-1983 Feb 14, The Americus and Altair fishing boats sank in the Bering Sea and 14 fishermen from Anacortes, Wa, died. In 1998 Patrick Dillon authored "Lost At Sea," an account of the tragedy.
1983: Feb 19, A shooting at the Wah Mee gambling parlor in Seattle, Wa, left 13 men dead. Kwan-Fai Mak and Benjamin Ng were later found guilty on 13 murder counts and sentenced to life in prison.
1983: Jul 22, Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted $2.25 billion.
1983: Sep 1, Henry "Scoop" Jackson (b.1912), Sen-D-Wash, died.
1983: A judge in Lincoln County, Wa, adopted a rule that said a court appearance is not required in uncontested divorces.
1984: Mar 19, The SS Mobil Oil spilled 200,000 gallons of oil into the Columbia River near Longview.
1984: Sep, The US Army Corp of Engineers began an 8,000 foot tunnel to drain Spirit Lake, damned by the debris of the eruption at Mount St Helens.
1984: Dec 8, Robert Matthews (b.1953), co-founder for the neo-Nazi called The Order, was shot and killed by FBI agents on Whiebey Island, Washington. His "Silent Brotherhood" was a small extremist far right group that engaged in a multistate crime wave in this period. The group was also associated with the Aryan Nations Church. His life was fictionalized in the TV movie "Brotherhood of Murder" (1999).
1984: The Walla Walla Valley wine appellation in Washington state was established.
1985: In Seattle 10 members of a white supremacist group called the Order were convicted of racketeering and other charges. They were linked to the ideas of William Pierce in West Virginia and his book "The Turner Diaries."
1985: In LA Sgt George Arthur was murdered in a suspected love triangle. In 1999 Ted Eugene Kirby was found dead in Spokane after a police warrant was issued for his arrest. DNA evidence had recently implicated him in the murder of Arthur.
1986: Aug 17, A bronze pig statue was unveiled at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
1986: Nov 17, Pres Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. It designated over 292,000 acres in Oregon and Washington states as federally regulated land. Much of the work in getting the act passed was done by Nancy Russell (d.2008).
1986: Dec 12, A $5.3 million Mount St Helens National Monument Visitor's Center opened near Castle Rock.
1987: Aug, Howard Shultz and a group of investors bought Starbucks from Jerry Baldwin and merged it with Il Giornale coffee bars. The was the beginning of a rapid expansion. Baldwin kept Peet's Coffee and a proviso that Starbucks stay out of the Bay Area until 1992. In 2007 Taylor Clark authored "Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture."
1988: Aug 31, A 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle began.
1989: Sep 22, The US Army Corp of Engineers completed a $70 million, 184-foot-high sediment retention dam across the Toutle River to stop mudflows and debris from Mount St Helens.
1989: A Seattle ballot initiative limited new buildings in the downtown core to 540 feet and to varying heights in other parts of the city. In 2006 the City Council repealed the limits.
1990: May 5, Five people were killed as 3 small fishing boats capsized in the Strait of Juan De Fuca,along the northwest int'l border between the US and Canada.
1991: May 23, Holly Washa (22) of Burien, Washington, was kidnapped, raped and soon murdered. Cal Coburn Brown was convicted of murder in 1993 and sentenced to death in 1994.In 2009 the Washington supreme Court granted a last minute reprieve and postponed his execution, which would have been the state's first since 2001.
1991: Nov 18, Peter Zeihen (40) was shot to death by his mother-in-law, JoAnn Goldberg Peterson, in Spokane a week before a custody trial over his 3-year-old daughter. Details ofthe case were kept hidden until revealed in 2000 by Theil T Goldberg, Zeihen's brother-in-law.
1991: William L Dwyer (d.2002),federal district judge, ordered the government to stop permitting logging on up to 60,000 acres of ancient forests a year on public land because it endangered the habitat of the Northern spotted owl.
1992: Feb 10, Alex Haley, author of"Roots" and co-writer of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," died in Seattle at age 70. Much of his work was donated to the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
1992: Mar 1, Sen. Brock Adams abandoned his re-election campaign after eight women accused him in aSeattle Times report of sexual abuse and harassment.
1992: Jul 11, Owners approved the sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group.
1992: Oct 3, William Gates, the college-dropout founder of Microsoft, headed the Forbes magazine 400 list of the richest Americans with a net worth of 6.3 billion dollars. His assets reached 51 billion in 2005.
1992: The film "Singles" featured Ally Walker. It depicted friends in their 20s in Seattle.
1992-1995: In the Pacific Northwest a series of arson fires at abortion clinics that caused over $1 million in damage was later attributed to Richard Thomas Andrews of Wenatchee, Wa. Andrews was arrested Jun 26, 1996 and pleaded guilty in 1998.
1993: Jan 5, The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer,in America's first legal hanging since 1965.
1993: Jul 7, Mia Zapata (27), arising punk-rock star, was last seen alive in Seattle. In 2003 Jesus C Mezquia (b.1965), who lived in Seattle at the time of the rape and murder, was arrested in Florida on DNA evidence. On March 25, 2004, a jury convicted Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia of her murder and he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1994: Apr 5, Kurt Cobain (b.1967),singer-musician for the grunge band Nirvana, committed suicide in Seattle. [see Apr 8]
1994: Apr 8, Kurt Cobain, singer-musician for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
1994: Jun 20, Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Basenear Spokane, Wash, killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter.
1994: The Tyee Fire burned 130,000 acres.
1995: Jun, John Stanford, a retired 2-star Army general. Became the first black school superintendent in Seattle.
1995: Sep, In Wenatchee Manuel Hidalgo Rodriguez (33) was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for alleged rape and child molestation. He was one of 43 people charged in a series of cases that imprisoned 21 people based on charges by 2 girls aged 10 and 12. Reversals to the convictions began in 1997 and continued to 1999.
1995: Jeremy Sagastegui killed Melissa Sarbacher and raped, tortured and murdered her 3-year-old son. He also killed a woman friend of Sarbacher. He was scheduled for execution at Walla Walla in 1998.
1996: Apr 1, In Spokane, Wa, a US Bank branch was robbed and bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for this and another robbery and 3 bombings.
1996: Jul 12, In Spokane, Wa., a US Bank branch was robbed a 2nd time and a Planned Parenthood office was bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for the robberies and 3 bombings.
1996: Jul, A 9,200 year-old skeleton was found by the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wa. It became known as the "Kennewick Man" or "Richland Man." A federal judge ruled in 1998 that scientists be allowed to examine the remains held by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Native American Indians wanted the remains buried.
1996: A worker was accidentally killed at the Equilon Puget Sound Refining Co in Anacortes
1997: May 14, There was an explosion at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Wash state. Plutonium and other hazardous chemicals were released and emergency response procedures broke down almost completely.
1997: Jun, Voters narrowly approved a huge public subsidy for Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for a new $425 million football stadium. Mr Allen would pay 25% and the rest would come from taxpayers.
1997: Oct 1, The Center for Nonverbal Studies (CNS), a private, nonprofit research center located in Spokane, Washington, began operations. The Center's mission is to advance the study of human communication in all its forms apart from language. The Center's goal is to promote the scientific study of nonverbal communication, which includes body movement, gesture, facial expression, adornment and fashion, architecture, mass media, and consumer-product design.
1997: Voters approved a ballotmeasure in Seattle to build a $1 billion mass transit system.
1998: Feb 3, Mary Kay LeTourneau,36, former Washington state teacher, violated probation with the 14 year-old father of her baby.
1998: Feb 6, Washington became the 27th state to ban same-sex marriages.
1998: Apr 24, The American Health for Women magazine reported that Seattle was the healthiest city forwomen and that SF rated # 2 and Boston # 3.
1998: Jul 5, A gang shooting at the Trang Dai Vietnamese restaurant in Tacoma left 5 people dead and 5 wounded.
1998: Sep, The new $118 million Benaroya Hall, home for the Seattle Symphony, opened.
1998: Sep, Radioactive red harvester ants were found underground near waste pipes in Richland.
1998: Oct 1, The Makah Indian gray whale hunting season opened. The tribe had recently won the right to kill up to 5 whales a year over the next 4 years. In 2000 a federal appeals court overturned the ruling that allowed whale hunting.
1998: Oct 12, A record 974-pound pumpkin won the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Ca. It was raised from an Atlantic Giant seed by Lincoln Mettler of Eatonville, Wa.
1998: Nov 24, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp, donated $20 million to the Seattle Public Library system.
1998: Nov 25, An explosion at the Equilon Puget Sound Refining Co at Anacortes killed 6 people.
1998: Dec 2, Bill Gates of Microsoft announced a $100 million gift to deliver vaccines against 4 childhood diseases in developing countries. The Seattle non-profit Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) would receive the money over a 10 year period.
1998: The Seattle Museum of Black Velvet Painting was co-founded by David Price with a mobile collection partly devoted to Leeteg's work. In 1933 Edgar Leeteg sold his first painting for $4 and a sandwich.
1999: Jan 13, A KC-135 refueling tanker crashed while landing near Geilenkirchen, Germany, and 4 US airmen were killed. They were attached to an Air national Guard unit based in Spokane.
1999: Apr 10, The Energy Dept announced that 90,000 acres of the security buffer around the Hanford nuclear reservation would be preserved as a wildlife refuge.
1999: Apr 12, The Snake River in southeastern Washington state was named as the nation's most endangered river because of 4 dams that have brought salmon runs to the brink of extinction.
1999: Apr 22, Seattle teachers went on a one-day strike and appealed to the Legislature for a 15% wage hike.
1999: May 17, In Neah Bay, Makah Indian hunters legally killed their first graywhale in 75 years.
1999: May 28, In Shoreline a man fled a hit-and-run freeway accident into a neighborhood where he killed one elderly woman and broke the neck of another before he was killed by a police sniper shot.
1999: Jun 11, In Bellingham 88,000 gallons of gasoline from the Olympic spilled into a creek and exploded after about 15 minutes. Three boys, Wade King (10) and Stephen Tsiorvas(10), and Liam Wood (18) were killed in the resulting fireball. Wade and Stephen ignited the fire while playing with a lighter.
1999: Jul 15, The first baseball game, Mariners vs. Padres, in the new $498 million SAFECO baseball park was scheduled. The name was purchased for $1.8 million per year for 20 years by the Seattle-based insurance and financial services corporation. Cost overruns raised the initial $250 estimate to $517 million.
1999: Jul 16, A fire in Spokane destroyed most of a downtown city block and left 108 people homeless.
1999: Aug 8, The "Picardo Venus"sculpture by Steve Anderson was unveiled at the Picardo Farm P-Patch. The naked, pregnant, and dreadlocked Venus was soon called pornographic and unfit for the location, which is near a children's play area.
1999: Aug, Mark Erickson, an employee at the University of Washington, filed a suit alleging massive overbilling of Medicare and Medicaid by UW doctors. In 2004 UW agreed to pay the government $35 million to resolve the allegations.
1999: Nov 3, In Seattle a gunman killed 2 men, wounded 2 others at the Northlake Shipyard building and then escaped into a nearby residential area. Kevin William Cruz, a fired employee, was arrested Jan 4, 2000 for the murder.
1999: Nov 29, In Seattle as many as 50,000 protestors gathered to oppose "the march of corporate globalization."
1999: Nov 30, In Seattle riot police struggled with thousands of protestors who forced the World Trade Organization to cancel the opening session of a 3-day summit meeting. Mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency and a night curfew and Gov Gary Locke called in some 200 unarmed National Guard.
1999: Dec 1, The WTO met in Seattle for global trade talks to be known as the Seattle Round. A massive "mobilization against globalization" was also planned by activists. The 134-nation WTO began meeting in Seattle for a round of global trade talks under the proposed names "Millennium Round" or "Clinton Round."The purpose of the talks was to reduce tariffs and subsidies and to open markets. The last Uruguay Round lasted for nearly 8 years. Pres Clinton spoke and urged the WTO to listen to the demands of protestors. Thousands demonstrated on labor and environmental issues and hundreds were arrested.
1999: Dec 3, The WTO negotiations in Seattle collapsed with no agreement reached on an agenda for talks.
1999: Dec 7, Norm Stamper, police chief, announced that he would resign so as to "de-politicize" investigations over police actions during the WTO meeting.
1999: Dec 14, In Seattle Ahmed Ressam (32), an Algerian, was arrested after crossing the border at Port Angeles from Canada with a car trunk with over 150 pounds of bomb-making materials that included 200 pounds of urea, timing devices and a bottle of RDX, cyclotrimethylene trinitramine. Canadian authorities later issued an arrest warrant for Abdelmajed Dahoumane for possessing or making explosives. Dahoumane was arrested in Algeria in Oct, 2000. In 2001 Ressam admitted that he planned to detonate a bombat the LA Int'l Airport. Mokhtar Haouari provided fake ID and $3,000 to Ressam. Haouari was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2002. In 2005 Ressam was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
1999: Dec 22, An Algerian accused of trying to smuggle nitroglycerin and other bomb-making materials into the United States from Canada pleaded innocent in Seattle to all five counts of a federal indictment. Ahmed Ressam was convicted in April 2001 of terrorist conspiracy and eight other charges.
1999: Dec 28, Officials in Seattle canceled a public New Year's Eve celebration due to security concerns.
2000: Jan 10, Authorities found 14 Chinese stowaways with 3 men dead hidden in a cargo ship container at the Port of Seattle. Another 19 men were found the next day. A total of 203 people were caught over the last year hidden in containers in US and Canadian ports.
2000: Jan 31, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an MD-83 jet with 88 people bound for Seattle from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, crashed about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, Ca. There were no survivors. A stop had been scheduled in SF.
2000: Feb 9, In Renton, Wa, some 17,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers went on strike in one ofthe biggest white-collar strikes in US istory.
2000: Mar 9, The Snake river was declared the most endangered river in the US for the 2nd year in a row.
2000: Mar 17, Boeing Co agreed to settle a 38-day strike by its engineers. It was the largest white-collar walkout in US history.
2000: Mar 26, The Seattle Kingdome was blown up in a controlled implosion. The 7.9 acre roof collapsed inless than 20 seconds.
2000: Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa, Robert L Yates Jr, a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state. On Oct 16 Yates agreed to plead guilty to 13 murders to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
2000: Jun 21, Alan Hovhaness, composer, died at age 89. His over 400 works included 9 operas, 2 ballets and over 60 symphonies.
2000: Jun 23, The new $250 million, 140,000-sq-foot Experience Music Project opened in Seattle. It was funded by Paul G Allen, designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
2000: Jun 30, In Richland a 190,000 acre 4-day fire that raced across nearly half of the Hanford nuclear complex was all but extinguished.
2000: Nov 21, Newspaper Guild members of the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer went on strike.
2000: Nov 22, Democrat Maria Cantwell claimed victory for a Senate seat over Republican incumbent Slade Gorton. This raised the next US Senate's female count to 13.
2000: Nov 24, Striking workers produced their 1st edition in competition with the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer.
2000: Dec 20, It was reported that four-fifths of the salmon spawning in the last free-flowing reach ofthe Columbia River had reverted to female sex for unknown reasons. Water temperature and environmental pollutants were suspect.
2000: Dec 28, Union employees of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer accepted a contract following a 5-week strike.
2001: Jan 4, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a private scholarship program with $100 million to help low income students go to college.
2001: Jan 4, Striking Seattle Times employees agreed to a tentative settlement of their 45-day walkout.
2001: Jan 15, In Seattle a truck crashed into the Pergola in Pioneer Square and destroyed the 1909 landmark.
2001: Feb 26, Leo Kenney, a leading artist of the Northwest School of Painters, died at age 75. He never tried to reproduce reality except in a few portraits of friends and was influenced by Dali's autobiography and the poems of Andre Breton.
2001: Feb 28, In Washington state a 6.8 magnitude slab earthquake shook Seattle. It was centered 32.6 miles below the surface along the boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate and the continental North American plate. Damages were later estimated at $1.5-2 billion.
2001: Mar 21, Boeing announced plans to move its headquarters out of Seattle.
2001: Apr 3, A US fishing boat, the Arctic Rose out of Seattle, sank in the Bering Sea and all 15 aboard were feared dead.
2001: Apr 14, The 21 men and 3 women crew of the US spy plane, detained in China for 11 days, returned home to Washington state.
2001: May 1, In Seattle Hindus filed a suit against McDonald's for nondisclosure of beef flavoring in French fries.
2001: May 24, A series of small earthquakes began in Spokane and 75 were recorded by late November.
2001: Jul 10, In Seattle the American League beat the National League 4:1 in the annual All-Stargame at Safeco Field.
2001: Jul 11, A wildfire killed 2 male and 2 female firefighters in the Chewuch River Valley of the north Cascade Mountains.
2001: Sep 12, In Mexico atwin-engine LET 410 plane crashed in the Yucatan and all 19 people aboard were killed. The 16 passengers were all Seattle-area tourists on a Holland America cruise.
2001: Oct 11, Tom Wales (49), a Seattle federal prosecutor, was gunned down in his home office.
2001: Nov 30, Gary Leon Ridgway (b.1949) was arrested in connection with 4 of 7 Green River serial killings in Washington state. Four murders were linked to him through DNA and three through paint he used at his job. In 2003 he pleaded guilty to 48 counts of aggravated murder, although the estimates ran much higher. On December 18, 2003, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Jones sentenced Ridgway to 48 life sentences with no possibility of parole and one life sentence, to be served consecutively.
2002: Mar 6, The Bush administration announced an additional $450 million to speed the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation by 35-45 years.
2002: Mar 28, The last Boeing 307 Stratoline crash-landed in the water in Puget Sound near Seattle. 4 people aboard were rescued.
2002: Jul 6, In Tacoma, Wa, the new Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art opened. It was designed by Arthur Erickson.
2002: Sep 2, Consolidated Freightways Corp of Vancouver, Wa, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off 15,500 people nation wide.
2002: Sep 23, Rachel Burkheimer (18) of Marysville, Wa, was shot to death by her boyfriend John Anderson. On Oct 5 Matthew Durham led police to her body. 8 people were later arrested for her murder. In 2004 Yusef Jihad, head of a gang involved in the killing, was convicted of 1st degree murder. Anderson was convicted of aggravated 1st degree murder on May 19, 2004. In 2004 Tony Williams (22) was sentenced to 9 years in prison and Maurice Rivas (20) to 26 years.
2002: Oct 20, The Galaxy fishing ship, ported in Seattle, exploded and burned 750 miles SW of Alaska. 1 man was killed and 2 were missing.
2002: Nov 4, Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert (19) of Port Orchard, Wa, was told to leave the Boy Scout organization due to his atheist belief. "The Boy Scouts is a faith-based organization and the issue of God is not negotiable." He was given 1 week to declare belief in a higher power.
2002: Dec 19, Sen Patty Murray of Washington told high school students that Osama bin Laden was popular in poor countries because of his charitable works and challenged the US to do the same.
2002: Voters approved construction of a 14-mile monorail for Seattle, Wa.
2003: Mar 16, In the Gaza Strip Rachel Corrie (23) of Washington State was crushed to death by and Israeli Army bulldozer as she tried to block the demolition of Palestinian homes.
2003: Apr 26, In Washington state Crystal Brame (35), the wife of Tacoma Police Chief David Brame (44),was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after being shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
2003: Sep 11, The Seattle Archdiocese agreed to pay $7.87 million to settle lawsuits brought by 15 men who said they were molested by the same priest.
2003: Nov 5, In Seattle, Wa, Gary Leon Ridgeway pleaded guilty 48 consecutive times for the Green River murders that began in 1982. On Dec 18 he was sentenced to 48 consecutive life terms and ordered to pay $480,000.
2003: Nov 9, Endpcnoise.com, a Vancouver, Washington-based custom outlet, was reported to specialize in creating nearly silent PCs. These PCs can drop their noise levels to 25 or 26 decibels, while a human's lowest hearing threshold is generally considered to be about 20 decibels. A busy road is about 80 decibels and a quiet bedroom at night is about 30 decibels.
2003 Dec 18, A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River Killer Gary Ridgway to 48 consecutive life terms.
2003: Dec 23, A cow, slaughtered in Washington state on Dec 9, was reported to have tested positive for madcow disease, the 1st such US case. The $2.6 billion beef export industry was hit as 7 nations quickly suspended imports of US beef: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Australia. The infected Holstein was imported into the United States from Canada about two years ago. A US beef recall soon spread to 8 states and Guam.
2003: Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp, established the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Wa, with a $100 million gift.
2004: Feb 7, John Kerry scored decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state.
2004: Mar 7, Seattle's mayor said the city will begin recognizing the marriages of gay employees who tie the knot elsewhere, although it will not conduct its own same-sex weddings.
2004: May 23, Seattle's new $165 million downtown Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened.
2004: Jul 8, Some 50 homeless people abandoned a tent city in downtown Spokane after Mayor Jim West ordered police to surround the encampment and arrest anyone who wouldn't leave.
2004: Jul 19, A 3-day meeting of the US National Governors Association ended in Seattle.
2004: Aug 4, Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil, was released from a Washington state prison.
2004: Sep 4, San Francisco's De LaSalle High School lost its 1st football game since 1992 to the Bellevue High Wolverines in Washington State, ending a winning streak of 151 games.
2004: Oct 1, Mount St Helens quieted down after spewing a plume of steam and ash, but only briefly. Within hours of the eruption, seismic readings suggested pressure was building again inside the volcano, which had been dormant for 18 years.
2004: Oct 12, The Seattle Storm won their first WNBA title with a 74-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun.
2004: Nov 17, In Washington state a recount was ordered in the governor's race between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi. The Nov 2 balloting left them separated by just a few of 2.8 million votes cast. A hand tally looked likely after a machine recount showed Rossi 42 votes ahead. After three counts of the ballots, Gregoire was declared the winner by just 129 votes out of 2.9 million cast.
2004: Dec 23, Washington state election officials announced that Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire was the winner in the governor's race by 130 votes, out of 2.9 million ballots cast, over her Republican opponent Dino Rossi.
2004: Dec 30, Washington Sec of State Sam Reed certified Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire as winner in the governor's race by 129 votes over Republican opponent Dino Rossi.
2005: Jan 22, It was reported that a mutant of the sudden oak pathogen was found in a nursery in Washington state. Phytopthora ramorum was believed to be the result ofa union between California and European strains.
2005: May, The Spokane Review printed online chats between Mayor Jim West (54), on record as opposing gay rights and abortion, and an investigator posing as a teenage boy. West admitted to the conversations and relations with young men, but denied molestation charges.
2005: Aug 2, Seattle pitcher Ryan Franklin was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
2005: Oct 10, In Half Moon Bay, Ca, Joel Holland, a retired Washington state firefighter, won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. This matched his winner in 2004. The contest here began in 1974.
2005: Nov 15,The US government declared the Puget Sound orcas an endangered species.
2005: Nov 20, In Tacoma, Wash, Dominick Sergio Maldonado (20) went on a shooting spree at a crowded shopping mall. 7 people were injured, one critically, before he was arrested. Maldonado has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
2005: Nov 25, Nine inmates escaped from the Yakima County Jail in Washington state; all were recaptured, although one was at large for three weeks.
2005: Dec 6, In Spokane, Wash, voters said Mayor James E West (1951-2006) must leave office this month in a special election sparked by allegations he used a city computer to woo gay men over the Internet. Certification of the vote was expected on Dec 16.
2006: Jan 27, Lawmakers in Washington state passed a gay rights bill and Gov Chris Gregoire said she will sign it on Jan 31.
2006: Feb 1, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Wa, offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who said they were molested by priests.
2006: Mar 25, In Seattle, Wa, Aaron Kyle Huff (28) fatally shot 6 people at a party and then killed himself.
2006: Apr 18, Chinese President HuJintao arrived in Washington state, toured the Redmond campus of Microsoft and had dinner at the home of MS Corp Chairman Bill Gates.
2006: May 23, Washington Mutual Inc, the nation's largest savings and loan, notified 1,400 workers in Washington and Florida that they will lose their jobs as part of the company's cost-saving strategy.
2006: Jul 22, Former Spokane, Wa, Mayor James E West (55), ousted by a sex scandal in 2005, died of complications from recent cancer surgery.
2006: Jul 26, The Washington state Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay marriage, saying lawmakers have the power to restrict marriage to unions between a man and woman.
2006: Jul 28, In Seattle, Wash, gunman Naveed Afzal Haq (30) killed Pam Waechter (58) of Seattle and wounded five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Haq said he was "angry at Israel." On June 4, 2008, a jury found him not guilty on one count of attempted murder (for victim Carol Goldman); on the remaining counts, the jury declared itself to be hung. The judge declared a mistrial.
2006: Aug 5, Susan Butcher (51),four-time Iditarod champion, died in Seattle, Wa. In 1986 she became the Alaska race's second female winner and brought increased national attention to its grueling competition.
2006: Jul 18, The Seattle Sonics basketball team said a group of Oklahoma businessmen had purchased the club for $350 million. The new ownership group said it plans to keep the team in Seattle, if it can work out a deal for a new arena in the next 12 months. Officials in Seattle said they planned to hold the Sonics to their lease, which expires in 2010.
2006: Sep 26, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp, announced a $41 million computerized atlas of the 20,000 genes in the brain of a mouse. The atlas was made available online at www.brainatlas.org.
2006: Nov 7, Voters in Seattle rejected a measure that would have require erotic dancers to stay atleast four feet from patrons.
2006: Dec 15, About 1.5 millionhomes and businesses in Washington and Oregon had no power after howling windstorms and heavy rains caused at least three deaths, closed two major bridges and sparked flooding.
2006: Dec 16, Residents of the USPacific Northwest struggled to stay warm after the worst windstorm inmore than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses. The storm killed at least 14 people, including 6 from carbon monoxide.
2006: The Seattle Art Museum planned to complete its 8.5-acre Olympic Sculpture Park.
2007: Jan 21, Louis Malcolm Boyd (b.1927), aka L M Boyd, master gatherer of random facts, died at his home in Seattle, Wa. He began his column in 1963 at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer using the pen name Mike Mailway. In SF the column was titled Grab Bag.
2007: May 1, Kenneth John Freeman (44), a bodybuilder and computer expert from Benton County, Washington, was arrested in Hong Kong. Freeman, who fled the US 13 months earlier,was accused of raping his daughter and posting a video of the attack.
2007: May 30, Robert Alan Soloway(27), described as one of the world's most prolific spammers, was arrested in Seattle, Wa. Federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.
2007: Jun 27, William M Jenkins (b.1919), former CEO of Seattle-First National Bank, died on Bainbridge Island, Wash. His term ended after the bank was forced into a merger due to bad loans following the 1982 failure of Oklahoma's Penn Square Bank.
2007: Jun 28, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision condemned race-based school enrollment plans in Louisville, Ky, and Seattle, but stopped short of banning it. The decision was denounced at a debate hours later by Democratic presidential candidates. The court also struck down an anti-trust rule nearly a century old, saying that it is no longer automatically unlawful for manufacturers and distributors to agree on setting minimum retail prices.
2007: Jun 28, Bruce Kennedy (b.1938), former CEO of Alaska Airlines (1979-1991), was killed when his Cessna 182 crashed in Cashmere, Wash.
2007: Jul 15, In Washington state a new 2nd bridge opened across the Tacoma Narrows.
2007: Aug 2, In Washington state a helicopter with four people aboard crashed and burst into flames on the east slopes of the Cascade Range, starting a wildfire. By the next day it spread through dry timber to cover 300 to 400 acres.
2007: Sep 8, In Washington state 5 members of the Makah tribe killed a California gray whale with harpoons and a rifle without tribal approval. In October a federal grand jury charged the 5 Makah men with misdemeanor counts.
2007: Oct 7, A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan crashed in the Cascade Mountains after it left Star, Idaho, near Boise, en route to Shelton, Wash, northwest of Olympia. 9skydivers and the pilot were killed. Searchers found the wreckage the next day.
2007: Oct 30, Washoe the chimp(42), who had learned American sign Language, died at Central Washington Univ in Ellensburg, Wa. Cognitive researchers had adopted the 10-month-old chimp from military researchers in 1966
2007: Dec 4, The governors of Washington and Oregon declared states of emergency after a severe storm smacked the region with hurricane-force winds and several inches of rain. At least four people were killed by the storm.
2007: Dec 10, Seattle-based Washington Mutual said it will lay off over 3,000 workers and close 190 offices in response to loan losses in the mortgage market.
2007: Dec 25, In King County, Washington, six people, 3 generations of one family, were killed. Carnation police the next day arrested Michele Kristen Anderson (29) and Joseph McEnroe (29), the property owners' daughter and her boyfriend.
2008: Jan 4, Flights were grounded and trucks overturned in Northern California as wind gusted to 80 mph during the second wave of the arctic storm that has sent trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. Hundreds of thousands of customers lost power from central California into Oregon and Washington. An estimated 1.9-2.1 million PG&E customers lost power.
2008: Feb 9, Sen Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state, slicing into Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a narrow win in Louisiana.
2008: Mar 3, In Washington state 3 new expensive homes went up in flames in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville. A spray painted sign was marked ELF, the initials of the Earth Liberation Front. 2 other homes had minor fire or smoke damage.
2008: Mar 14, Robert Soloway (28),dubbed "the King of Spam," faced a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle to charges of fraud and tax evasion.
2008: Jun 25, Jerry Brown, California's attorney general, sued Countrywide Financial for unfair business practices relating to home loan mortgages. Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, also filed suit against Countrywide, which is being acquired by Bank of America. The Washington State Dept of Financial Institutions filed an administrative action against Countrywide alleging discriminatory lending practices.
2008: Jul 1, Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee retailer, said it would close another 500 stores in America and reduce its work force by about 7%. The closure of 100 stores had been announced earlier this year. 70% of the stores to close were opened after 2005.
2008: Sep 2, In Washington state ashooting rampage in Skagit County left 6 people dead. The suspect, Isaac Zamora (28), was described as a person with a mental illness. He turned himself in at the sheriff's office in Mount Vernon. Mental health experts later found Zamora to be incompetent to stand trial.
2008: Sep 17, The Bush administration released $100 million in disaster relief to West coast salmon fisherman, $70 million less that was approved by Congress. About $63 million will go to California, $25 million to Oregon and $12 million to Washington state.
2008: Sep 20, In Washington state Shawn Roe (36) killed police officer Kristine Fairbanks (51) during a traffic stop. He has also killed Richard Ziegler (59), a retired California corrections employee, whose pickup he was driving. Roe was killed in a shootout with sheriff's deputies.
2008: Sep 25, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp seized Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc, and then sold the thrift's banking assets to JP Morgan Chase & Co for $1.9 billion. WaMu, founded in 1889, became the largest bank to fail by far in the country's history. Its $307 billion in assets eclipse the $40 billion of Continental Illinois National Bank, which failed in 1984.
2008: Nov 1, Members of the Machinists Union, representing some 27,000 workers in Washington, Oregon, and Kansas, ratified a new contract with the Boeing Co ending an 8-week strike.
2008: Nov 4, Washington voted for Barack Obama and became the 2nd state after Oregon to legalize assisted suicide.
2009: Jan 8, Flooding in the US Pacific Northwest led to mudslides and avalanches and closed 20 miles of I-5 between Olympia, Wa and the Oregon line.
2009: Feb 15, In Washington state a 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks at Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma. In March Army authorities charged Pvt Timothy E Bennitt (19) in the drug overdose of his girlfriend.
2009: Mar 11, VP Biden announced that Pres Obama has chosen Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske as the nation's new drug czar.
2009: Mar 17, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corp, printed its last newspaper edition. It will become exclusively Web-based as Seattlepi.com, making it the nation's largest daily newspaper to move to online only.
2009: Apr 4, In Washington state Pierce County deputies 15 miles southeast of Tacoma found four children murdered in their beds and the fifth slain in the bathroom. The four girls and the youngest child, a 7-year-old boy, apparently had been shot. Earlier in the day police found there father, James Harrison (34) dead in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. Harrison had just discovered that his wife was leaving him for another man.
2009: Apr 20, In Washington state former Tacoma elementary school teacher Jennifer Rice (33) was convicted of having sex with a student (10) and his brother (15).
2009: May 3, In Thailand an American identified as Jill St Onge (27), a bartender and artist from Seattle, died while staying at a popular destination for budget travelers. Norwegian Julie Michelle Bergheim (22) died the next day. Both died after suddenly falling ill within hours of each other at the Laleena guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand.
2009: May 21, Linda Fleming (66), a woman with late-stage pancreatic cancer, became the first person to kill herself under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, known as "death with dignity."
2009: Jul 3, In Washington state federal agents said they have arrested 31 people and busted a drug trafficking ring that was directed by a cartel in Jalisco, Mexico. The 2-week Operation Arctic Chill seized 23 guns including a .50 Desert Eagle pistol and an AK-47-type assault rifle.
2009: Jul 24, Isaiah M K Kalebu (23) was arrested for breaking into a Seattle home and stabbing 2 women, one fatally. Kalebu had a history of mental illness.
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