Washington in History

Washington: Seattle - Spokane

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 159


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Territory
  • 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 and 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 San Francisco 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 and Mason St, San Francisco
  • 1861-11-04 University of Washington founded in Seattle
  • 1864-07-13 Early retreats from Washington City back to Shenandoah Valley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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: Presdent Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud
  • 1870-08-17 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1875-11-04 Passenger Steamship "Pacific" collides with sailing vessel "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Washington, 236 die
  • 1878-07-09 An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Missouri
  • 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 the toothpaste tube

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1894-03-24 37 miners killed at Franklin, Washington
  • 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
  • 1906-08-03 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1907-08-02 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v 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
  • 1910-03-02 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die
  • 1910-06-19 Father's Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913-05-13 Women's suffrage march through Washington organized by Alice Paul and led by Inez Milholland

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • 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.
  • 1917-01-10 Suffragettes the "Silent Sentinels" first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party
  • 1917-10-20 US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women's rights in Washington
  • 1918-07-04 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Washington
  • 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
  • 1925-05-01 Future Hall of Fame catcher Jimmie Foxx makes his MLB debut at 17 for Philadelphia A's; pinch-hits a single in 9-4 loss v Washington
  • 1925-09-23 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP
  • 1930-03-15 1st seaplane glider flown at 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
  • 1932-07-09 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1934-04-12 Second highest ever wind speed of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1934-07-05 Lou Gehrig hits record 17th career grand slam in Yankees 8-3 win v Washington, passes Babe Ruth's total

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1934-10-26 While Washington Seantors player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox
  • 1935-01-21 12.0" (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Washington (state record)
  • 1936-12-15 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • 1937-03-25 Washington Daily News is 1st US newspaper with perfumed advertising page
  • 1937-07-07 5th MLB All Star Game, Griffin Stadium, Washington: AL wins 8-3, Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs with HR & double

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1944-05-06 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington swaps calls with KOMO
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-07-04 Field Marshal Henry Maitland Wilson gives Britain's agreement to use the atomic bomb against Japan at the Combined Policy Committee in Washington D. C.
  • 1945-08-04 Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride drives in MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
  • 1945-11-26 During snow storm, school bus crashes, kills 15 (Washington)
  • 1947-06-16 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
  • 1947-09-01 With a victory by Armed in the Washington Park Handicap, Calumet Farm becomes the first stable to surpass $1 million in annual earnings; leads all owners with total earnings of $1,402,436
  • 1947-11-23 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)
  • 1948-08-03 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • 1948-08-05 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • 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
  • 1955-09-28 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960-07-04 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1960-10-27 AL admits LA & Washington to the league

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 285

  • 1759-05-20 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), born in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (d. 1828)
  • 1777-06-12 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1837)
  • 1802-08-20 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Washington County, Maryland (d. 1867)
  • 1813-08-18 Benjamin Alvord, American scientist and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1884)
  • 1817-02-28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1835-05-26 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and military engineer, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1839-03-09 Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas (d. 1928)
  • 1846-06-11 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer, born in Washington, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1860-01-26 Harry Micajah Daugherty, American politician, lawyer and political manager accused of corruption, born in Washington Court House, Ohio (d. 1941)

Person of interestGertrude Bell

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, President of Brazil (1926-30), born in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1957)
  • 1878-01-16 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1883-08-23 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American army officer, born in Fort Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1953)
  • 1888-07-10 Graham McNamee, American 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
  • 1891-05-15 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 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, American silent screen actress (Queen Kelly), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1966)
  • 1895-11-29 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1896-07-28 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)
  • 1899-02-27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)

Person of interestDuke Ellington

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
  • 1899-06-11 George Frederick McKay, American composer, born in Harrington, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 1900-06-27 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), born in Franklinton, Washington Parish Louisiana (d. 1988)
  • 1902-05-03 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1902-05-21 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • 1902-08-22 Thomas Pelly, American politician, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1973)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmundson, vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington

Person of interestBing Crosby

1903-05-03 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis 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
  • 1903-10-12 Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1903-12-23 Fredericka "Fredi" Washington, American actress (Black & Tan), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1904-03-07 Virginia Downing, American actress (The Gig, Butterfield 8), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1996)

Person of interestCharles R. Drew

1904-06-03 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, 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 (d. 2007)
  • 1907-02-27 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" (Rockin' Chair, Please Be Kind), born in Teoka, Washington (d. 1951)
  • 1907-06-11 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1907-06-27 John McIntire, American actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1991)

Person of interestJames Stewart

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

  • 1908-10-08 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)

Person of interestBayard Rustin

1910-03-17 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • 1910-05-15 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d.1968)
  • 1911-01-08 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 1911-03-02 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1975)
  • 1912-06-21 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1989)
  • 1912-09-21 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1913-04-27 Philip Hauge Abelson, American physicist, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2004)
  • 1913-05-01 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1913-09-19 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), born in Seattle, Washington (1970)
  • 1913-11-24 Howard Duff, American actor (Flamingo Road, Knots Landing), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 1990)
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-15 Kevin McCarthy, American actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Death of a Salesman), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1914-09-03 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (17th Governor of Washington) and chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1915-12-14 Clay Warnick, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1917-12-30 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington
  • 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 (d. 2015)
  • 1918-09-20 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1919-02-04 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 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 [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1920-05-29 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1920-08-02 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1967)
  • 1920-08-06 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington (d. 1988)
  • 1920-10-08 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 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, American experimental physicist, 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)
  • 1921-04-29 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1921-05-21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921-07-03 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1952)
  • 1922-02-24 Steven Hill, American 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 [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • 1922-09-16 Janis Paige, American actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1923-03-24 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 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
  • 1924-04-23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • 1924-08-29 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1925-05-14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925-08-21 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)
  • 1925-12-10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • 1926-03-23 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1926-07-01 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • 1927-10-27 Edward Keinholz, American artist and sculptor, born in Fairfield, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1928-09-19 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1929-03-06 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1929-05-07 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929-07-05 Mary Maxwell Gates, American businesswoman, philanthropist/mother of Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1929-08-07 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1929-10-05 Richard F Gordon Jr, Capt USN/astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), born in Seattle, Washington

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

  • 1828-03-28 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), dies at 68

Person of interestWashington Irving

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

Person of interestWoodrow Wilson

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
  • 1935-10-20 Adolphus Washington Greely, American Arctic explorer and recipient of the Medal of Honor, dies at 91
  • 1947-09-21 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), dies at 69
  • 1956-04-26 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1963-12-14 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • 1968-09-19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • 1993-09-19 Bruce Ferden, US conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • 1994-01-02 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (17th Governor of Washington) and chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), dies at 79

Person of interestKurt Cobain

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

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1999-02-01 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • 2004-09-22 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • 2006-07-22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • 2007-09-05 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), dies at 66
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), fatally shot in the upper leg by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2007-12-01 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), dies at 78
  • 2008-10-26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • 2009-11-24 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)
  • 2015-11-28 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), dies of natural causes at 97
  • 2017-05-01 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78