Seattle in History

Washington: Spokane

Historical Events

  • 1851-11-13 The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington
  • 1856-01-25 Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers & Indians
  • 1861-05-20 Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle
  • 1861-11-04 University of Washington founded in Seattle
  • 1880-01-06 Record snow cover in Seattle - 120 cm
  • 1880-01-09 6' (1.83 metres) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days

Historic Event

1886-02-09 US President Grover Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

  • 1889-06-06 Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks
  • 1893-01-06 Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast
  • 1894-03-05 Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US
  • 1897-07-17 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon
  • 1898-05-21 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized
  • 1904-12-19 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
  • 1905-02-11 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299½-last pin breaks but stands
  • 1907-08-28 United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington.
  • 1907-11-30 Pike Place Market dedicated in Seattle
  • 1909-06-01 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle

Historic Event

1916-07-15 Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington

  • 1917-03-26 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 9-1 for a 3-1 series victory; first US team to win SC
  • 1919-02-06 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike
  • 1919-03-03 1st international air mail service from US, Seattle-Victoria, BC
  • 1919-04-01 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: With Montreal Canadiens (NHL) & Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) tied at 2-2-1, trophy not awarded due to worldwide flu epidemic
  • 1920-04-01 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Jack Darragh scores a hat-trick as Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA), 6-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • 1922-03-09 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-06 4 planes leave Seattle on 1st successful around-the-world flight
  • 1924-09-28 2 US Army planes end around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, 57 stops
  • 1926-03-09 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
  • 1926-11-24 KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1933-04-07 University Bridge, Seattle opens for traffic
  • 1936-12-15 KVL-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KEEN (now KING)
  • 1938-12-29 Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
  • 1940-07-02 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
  • 1941-07-16 100°F (38°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle, Washington
  • 1944-05-06 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington swaps calls with KOMO
  • 1946-06-21 Federal judge in Seattle rules that club doesn't have to play returning serviceman
  • 1948-11-25 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-03-01 KTNT (now KSTW) TV channel 11 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins
  • 1953-08-02 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-10 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-12-07 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-03-31 Merger of Chase National Bank (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) forms Chase Manhattan
  • 1955-06-09 Temperature reaches 100°F in Seattle, Washington, the then hottest day on record

Boxing Title Fight

1957-08-22 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world title in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle

  • 1958-02-08 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

1958-03-22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle, 84-72; Seattle's future Hall of Fame small forward Elgin Baylor is named tournament MOP

Music Concert

1959-02-20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

  • 1961-05-22 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle) opens
  • 1962-04-21 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962-10-22 Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center
  • 1963-08-28 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens
  • 1964-10-16 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland & Dallas
  • 1965-04-29 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
  • 1967-10-18 MLB American League votes to allow Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland, California & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas City & Seattle teams - later accelerated to 1969 due to pressure from Kansas City politicians
  • 1967-11-13 NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City
  • 1967-12-01 Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc. is awarded one of the 2 American League baseball expansion franchises; new team named the Seattle Pilots
  • 1967-12-01 Seattle awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise teams
  • 1968-03-31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • 1969-04-01 Seattle Pilots trade little-known minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to KC Royals for 2 prospects; hits .282 with 11 HRs & 68 RBI to win AL Rookie of the Year; becomes leading MLB manager

Music History

1969-07-25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

  • 1969-10-02 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • 1969-12-02 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • 1970-03-31 Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots to be sold to Milwaukee
  • 1970-04-01 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)
  • 1970-11-09 Trial of Seattle 8 anti-war protesters begins
  • 1972-11-02 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
  • 1973-10-16 Monks Heng Yo & Heng Ju, start 1000 mile SF to Seattle pilgrimage
  • 1973-12-02 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002
  • 1973-12-11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • 1974-06-11 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • 1974-07-20 Heng Yo and Heng Ju, completes 1,000 mile (SF-Seattle) pilgrimage
  • 1975-08-30 KTW-AM in Seattle, Washington changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)
  • 1975-09-01 KOL-AM in Seattle, Washington changes call letters to KMPS
  • 1976-06-10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • 1976-08-28 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship
  • 1976-10-05 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • 1976-11-05 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • 1977-05-07 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • 1977-05-21 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • 1977-06-11 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet riding Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6
  • 1977-07-03 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew's 9-race win streak ends in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, finishes 4th
  • 1977-07-24 Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen
  • 1977-08-28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship
  • 1977-09-16 Seattle beats Royals, 4-1, to end KC's winning streak at 16 games

Baseball Record

1978-09-02 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

  • 1979-06-09 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome
  • 1979-07-17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • 1982-06-05 Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle
  • 1982-07-15 Body of Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle
  • 1982-07-22 Academic Text Processing Service forms in Seattle

Baseball Record

1982-08-02 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 100th MLB base of the season in 6-5 win v Seattle, first to steal 100 twice in modern era

  • 1982-12-05 Seattle Univ Baptist Ch declares sanctuary for Cen Am refugees
  • 1983-11-02 Abp Hickey conducts papal investigation of Abp Hunthausen, Seattle
  • 1985-09-29 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • 1986-04-11 KXA-AM in Seattle WA changes call letters to KRPM
  • 1986-08-17 Bronze pig statue unveiled at Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • 1988-08-31 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • 1988-10-08 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • 1988-11-08 Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, opens, Sac Kings lose to Seattle, 97-75
  • 1990-06-13 Boeing 767 sets non-stop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya
  • 1990-07-21 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington

Famous Birthdays

William Randolph Hearst

1863-04-29 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

  • 1868-10-19 Bertha Landes, 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
  • 1886-05-28 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American violinist and conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1918-32; Seattle Symphony, 1938-41; co-founder & director of La Jolla Music Society, 1941-65), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 1890-01-28 Robert Stroud, American murderer, convict, and ornithologist dubbed "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1891-02-02 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • 1892-07-24 Alice Ball, African American chemist (developed treatment for leprosy), born in Seattle Washington (d. 1916)
  • 1893-08-06 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1902-08-22 Thomas Pelly, American politician, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1973)
  • 1903-10-12 Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1906-01-19 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1910-07-02 Earl Robinson, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1910-07-02 William Douglas Denny, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 1911-01-08 "Gypsy" Rose Lee [Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 1912-06-21 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1989)
  • 1913-09-19 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), born in Seattle, Washington (1970)
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1914-02-15 Kevin McCarthy, American actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Death of a Salesman), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 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, American band leader, songwriter, and record producer (Little Richard; Sam Cooke), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1920-03-24 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1920-08-02 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1967)
  • 1921-01-31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 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
  • 1922-02-24 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1923-03-25 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1926-03-23 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1927-02-22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters; 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1929-05-07 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 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., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11; Apollo 12), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1930-09-11 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1987)
  • 1930-12-24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931-06-06 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist known as 'The Liberace of the Harp', born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1933-03-13 Frank H. Murkowski, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1981-2002; Governor of Alaska, 2002-06), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-05-26 William Bolcom, American composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-07-09 Paul Seiko Chihara, American-Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-05-01 Judy Collins, American Grammy Award-winning eclectic singer (Send in the Clowns; Both Sides Now), writer, and activist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-10-07 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940-02-25 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1941-07-19 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1941-09-15 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane ("Chauffeur Blues"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1941-09-29 Kermit Zarley, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington

Gary Kildall

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

  • 1942-07-08 Janice Pennington, American Playboy playmate (May 1971) and model (The Price is Right), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, American rock drummer, singer, and songwriter (Moby Grape - "Ohama"), born in Seattle, Washington

Ángel Cordero Jr.

1942-11-08 Ángel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85; US Racing Hall of Fame), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico

Jimi Hendrix

1942-11-27 James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, American rock guitarist ("Purple Haze"; "voodoo Chile"; The Wind Cries Mary"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

  • 1943-07-12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • 1943-07-22 Bobby Sherman, American actor (Here Comes the Brides), pop singer ("Little Woman"), and paramedic, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-10-29 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1944-04-30 Richard Shoff, American rocker (Sandpipers), born in Seattle
  • 1945-04-04 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-09-12 Vern Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1948-07-19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 1949-08-23 Norah Ellen O'Neill, first woman pilot for Alaska Central Air (1974), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1949-11-10 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz; Micki & Maude), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1950-11-16 John Swartzwelder, American television writer (The Simpsons), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-06-30 Stephen S. Oswald, American NASA astronaut (STS 42, 56, 67), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-07-01 Daryl Anderson, American actor (Animal-Lou Grant), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-09-13 Jean Smart, American actress (Designing Women, Hacks), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952-07-17 Chet McCracken, American drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1979-82), born in Seattle, Washington

Paul Allen

1953-01-21 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

  • 1953-03-27 Pamela Roylance, actress (Sarah-Little House on Prairie), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1954-07-01 Chip Hanauer, American hydroplane racer (world champion 1982), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1955-08-07 Greg Nickels, American politician (Mayor of Seattle, 2002–), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bill Gates

1955-10-28 Bill Gates, American businessman and billionaire (founder and CEO of Microsoft, richest person in the world), born in Seattle, Washington

  • 1956-02-17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956-05-04 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956-12-11 Lani Brockman, American actress and theatre director, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-10-31 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American Broadway singer and actor, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1958-03-23 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1997)
  • 1958-07-05 Meredith Ann Pierce, American sci-fi author (Darkangel), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1959-04-22 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington

Fred Couples

1959-10-03 Fred Couples, American golfer (US Masters 1992; Senior Players C'ship 2011; Senior British Open 2012), born in Seattle, Washington

  • 1960-09-04 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1960-09-09 Mario Batali, American chef and restaurateur, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961-04-11 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms - "Til I Hear It From You"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1961-05-11 Diana Lee[-Hsu], American actress (Licence to Kill), and model (Playboy playmate May, 1988), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962-04-27 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • 1962-05-04 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-03-12 Candy Costie, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-03-26 Rebecca Twigg, American cyclist (Olympic silver 1984, 92, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-10-19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer ("So Macho"; "Toy Boy"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964-02-05 (Michael Andrew) "Duff" McKagan, American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964-02-17 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964-07-20 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden; Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1964-08-06 John Mooney, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1965-02-22 Dean Karr, American photographer, album cover designer, and music video and television advertisement director, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1965-02-23 Robert "Bob" Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1966-01-20 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1966-11-19 Gail Devers, American athlete (Olympics gold 100m 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967-04-29 Mary McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967-08-18 Dan Peters, American drummer (Mudhoney), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-01-23 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-08-05 John Olerud, American MLB infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969-03-14 Ty[rel] Bennion, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1970-10-05 Josie Bissett, American actress (Melrose Place - "Jane Mancini"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1970-10-11 Constance Zimmer, American actress (Unreal), born in Seattle, Washington

Famous Weddings

Conan O'Brien

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

Zooey Deschanel

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

  • 2013-01-15 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle

Famous Deaths

  • 1866-06-07 Chief Seattle, Native American leader

William Randolph Hearst

1951-08-14 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

  • 1965-09-25 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1974-02-01 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle at 22
  • 1982-07-15 Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle

Kurt Cobain

1994-04-05 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

  • 1994-11-16 John Boylan, American actor (Twin Peaks, Sleepless in Seattle), dies at 82
  • 1999-07-01 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • 2011-07-07 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), dies at 82