Washington in History

Washington: Seattle - Spokane

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 173

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1577-11-15 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake

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1778-03-22 Captain James Cook sights Cape Flattery, now in Washington state

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1789-07-04 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington

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1790-03-22 Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State under President Washington

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1792-05-08 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1811-04-12 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment (Washington)

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1836-07-01 US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1836-09-01 Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington.
  • 1842-11-22 Mount St Helens in Washington erupts
  • 1843-11-13 Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts
  • 1847-11-29 Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore
  • 1851-11-13 The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington.
  • 1853-01-08 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
  • 1853-03-02 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter
  • 1853-11-28 Olympia forms as capital of Washington Territory
  • 1854-01-30 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
  • 1854-11-02 Cobblestone paving of Washington St between Dupont & Kearny starts
  • 1856-07-17 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people.
  • 1860-03-09 1st Japanese ambassador arrives in SF en route to Washington
  • 1861-03-02 Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington
  • 1861-05-20 Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle
  • 1861-07-01 1st public schoolhouse opens at Washington & Mason St, SF
  • 1861-11-04 University of Washington founded in Seattle
  • 1864-07-07 S Middleton, MD -Early's Washington Raid-
  • 1864-07-13 Early retreats from Washington City back to Shenandoah Valley

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1865-04-14 US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1865-04-15 Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington
  • 1870-06-09 Washington: Pres Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud
  • 1870-08-17 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1877-12-06 Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 1878-07-09 An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Mo
  • 1880-01-09 The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
  • 1889-02-22 US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union
  • 1889-04-30 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington's inauguration
  • 1889-07-04 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
  • 1889-10-01 Washington voters adopt state constitution in referendum
  • 1889-11-11 Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA
  • 1892-05-22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

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1893-01-06 The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1897-04-24 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
  • 1898-05-21 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized
  • 1899-02-24 Western Washington University is established.
  • 1902-07-08 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
  • 1903-04-22 Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game in New York at Hilltop Park vs Washington Senators, lose 3-1 before 11,950
  • 1906-08-03 Washington National's pitcher Tom Hughes hits HR to win his own game 1-0 in 10th

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1907-08-02 Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1907-08-28 United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington.
  • 1907-09-29 Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral
  • 1908-05-21 Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • 1908-05-23 Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington
  • 1910-03-02 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die

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1910-07-19 Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 in 11 innings

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1910-11-08 1st Washington State election in which women could vote
  • 1915-08-05 The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico
  • 1915-12-01 The US requests that Germany withdraw its military and naval attaches from the Embassy in Washington
  • 1916-02-16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • 1916-10-14 Sophomore tackle and guard Paul Robeson is excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play against a black person.
  • 1916-11-05 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.
  • 1918-05-15 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game
  • 1921-01-29 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • 1921-11-12 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
  • 1922-02-06 US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
  • 1922-03-09 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-10-10 Washington Senators win their 1st World Series beat Giants in 7
  • 1925-09-23 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP
  • 1930-03-15 1st seaplane glider flown, Port Washington, NY

BattleCoup d'état

1930-10-24 A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Vargas then installed as "provisional president."

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1931-10-10 9th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 6-0 in Washington (Maryland's first win in the series)
  • 1932-07-09 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1933-04-25 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0
  • 1933-10-07 NY Giants beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 1 in 30th World Series
  • 1934-04-12 Second highest ever wind speed of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington
  • 1934-04-17 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5

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1937-10-02 FDR visits Grand Coulee Dam construction site in Washington State

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1938-12-29 Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
  • 1939-10-11 Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again
  • 1940-07-02 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
  • 1941-03-22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
  • 1943-08-21 Gromyko named USSR-ambassador in Washington

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1943-10-31 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-09-07 Joe Kuhel hits inside-the-park HR, only HR hit by a Senator all season at Washington's Griffith Stadium
  • 1945-11-26 During snow storm, school bus crashes, kills 15 (Washington)
  • 1947-06-16 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
  • 1947-11-23 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)
  • 1952-09-07 NY Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington, giving him a HR in all 15 major league parks
  • 1955-03-31 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) & Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan
  • 1955-06-09 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle, Washington
  • 1955-09-24 Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season
  • 1956-09-02 Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service
  • 1960-10-27 AL admits LA & Washington to the league
  • 1960-11-15 USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
  • 1960-11-17 New MLB Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
  • 1960-11-19 Mickey Vernon is hired as 1st manager of new Washington team
  • 1960-12-14 Washington Senators joins American League
  • 1961-05-08 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
  • 1961-06-15 Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • 1961-08-04 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • 1961-08-05 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • 1962-04-21 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington

Famous Birthdays

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1868-07-14 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), born in Washington Hall, County Durham, England (d. 1926)

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • 1869-10-26 Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)

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1887-11-06 Walter Johnson, American MLB pitcher (Washington Senator: 1907-27), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1888-07-10 Graham McNamee, early sportscaster (1st Rose Bowl), born in Washington D. C. (d. 1942)
  • 1890-01-28 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1890-02-18 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892-06-05 Alexander Loudon, diplomat (Washington)
  • 1893-08-06 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1894-11-14 Seena Owen, silent screen actress (Queen Kelly), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1899-02-27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)

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1899-04-29 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1900-10-17 Jean Arthur, New York, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington) (d. 1991)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmundson, vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington

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1903-05-03 Bing Crosby, American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1903-12-23 Fredi [Fredericka] Carolyn Washington, actress (Black & Tan)

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1904-06-03 Charles R. Drew, American physician, surgeon, and pioneer of blood plasma research, born in Washington, D. C. (d. 1950)

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • 1906-01-19 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1906-05-19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1907-06-11 Paul Mellon, US, oil magnate/pres (Washington National Gallery of Art)
  • 1907-06-27 John McIntire, actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), born in Spokane, Washington

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1908-05-20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • 1909-10-12 Josephine Hutchinson, actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d.1968)
  • 1912-02-07 Jane Ross, actress (Audrey-Phyllis, Coed Fever), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, Bing's brother, orchestra leader (Bob Crosby Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1913-09-19 Frances Farmer, actress (Son of Fury, Among the Living), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1913-11-24 Howard Duff, Bremerton Washington, actor (Flamingo Road, Knots Landing)
  • 1914-01-09 Gypsy Rose Lee, [Rose Hovick], burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-15 Kevin McCarthy, actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Howling), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1915-12-14 Clay Warnick, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1917-06-16 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-04-23 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1918-05-23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1918-07-26 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1919-02-11 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1919-09-01 Roy John Britten, Washington, molecular biologist (repeated DNA sequences in eukaryotic genomes), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-03-24 Gene Nelson, [Berg], actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-01-31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-02-20 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1921-03-21 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-05-29 James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1921-07-03 Susan Peters, actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1921-10-16 Michael Conrad, Washington Hgts NY, actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues)
  • 1922-02-24 Steven Hill, actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1922-04-15 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87)
  • 1922-04-29 George Allen, football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins)
  • 1922-05-07 Darren McGavin, actor (Night Stalker, Tribes, Turk 182), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1922-09-16 Janis Paige, actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1923-03-24 Murray Hamilton, Washington NC, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1923-03-25 Lee Hale, choral director (The Entertainers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1923-12-12 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • 1924-08-29 Dinah Washington, singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-05-14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925-12-10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • 1926-03-23 Martha Wright, actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1929-03-06 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1929-08-07 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1929-09-28 Marilyn Clark, actress (House of Party Beach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1929-10-05 Richard F Gordon Jr, Capt USN/astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1930-02-22 Allison Hayes, Washington, actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman)
  • 1930-09-11 Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1935-01-30 Richard Brautigan, novelist/poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-02-12 Ken Still, American professional golfer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-09-12 Allan B Swift, (Rep-D-Washington, 1979- )
  • 1936-03-05 Dean Stockwell, California, actor (Werewolf of Washington, Blue Velvet)
  • 1937-01-04 Dyan Cannon, Mrs Cary Grant/actress (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1937-04-19 Elinor Donahue, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1938-01-05 Edwin Elliason, Washington, US archer (Olympic-92)
  • 1938-05-26 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-07-09 Paul Seiko Chihara, US/Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-05-01 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-11-28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1939-12-17 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-05-10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940-09-23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1940-11-13 Justine "Baby" Washington, US singer (Only Those in Love)

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1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941-05-12 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 1941-07-19 Jennifer Dunn, (Rep-R-Washington)
  • 1941-09-20 Dale Chihuly, artist in glass (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1941-09-29 Kermit Zarley, PGA golfer (1970 Canadian Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941-10-12 Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)

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1942-05-19 Gary Kildall, American computer scientist and entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)

Computer scientist Gary Kildall
Computer scientist
Gary Kildall
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, rock vocalist/bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington

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1942-11-27 Jimi Hendrix, rock guitarist (Purple Haze), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1943-03-26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 1943-07-10 Jerry Miller, rock guitarist (Moby Grape), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1943-09-28 Mike Kreidler, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)

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1944-02-14 Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • 1944-04-04 Craig T. Nelson, actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1944-04-26 Martha Rockwell, Providence RI, skier (Mount Washington)
  • 1945-03-08 Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1945-04-04 Caroline McWilliams, actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-05-12 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • 1945-09-12 Vern M Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1946-09-30 William Thurston, Washington, mathematician (Fields Medal, 1982), (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-02-06 Diplomat Henry Kissinger (25) weds Ann Fleisher (23) in Washington Heights, Manhattan

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-04-06 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-01-12 TV Host Conan O'Brien (38) weds Liza Powel (31) at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-09-19 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington

Famous Deaths

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1859-11-28 Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76

  • 1898-03-17 Blanche Kelso Bruce, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881), dies at 57, in Washington

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1924-02-03 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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1946-12-10 Walter Johnson, great pitcher (Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1956-04-26 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1963-12-14 Dinah Washington, singer, dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • 1968-09-19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • 1979-08-09 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 1987-11-25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1988-06-07 Vernon Washington, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 1988-11-09 John Mitchell, former Atny Gen, dies of heart attack in Washington
  • 1993-09-19 Bruce Ferden, US conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44

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1994-04-05 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 1999-10-20 Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators (b. 1911)
  • 2006-07-22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), fatally shot in the upper leg by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2009-11-24 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)