Seattle in History

Washington: Spokane

Historical Events

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  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 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
  • 1916-07-15 Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle Wash
  • 1917-03-26 Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup
  • 1919-02-06 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike
  • 1919-03-03 1st international air mail service from US, Seattle-Victoria, BC
  • 1920-04-01 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 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 Wash
  • 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 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
  • 1958-02-08 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-03-22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72
  • 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 AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams
  • 1967-11-13 NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City

  • 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 minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
  • 1969-07-25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • 1969-10-02 Seattle Pilots last game in Seattle, lose 3-1 to As in front of 5,473
  • 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 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000
  • 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 US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland, Bullets beat Seattle, 98-96
  • 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 Wash changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)
  • 1975-09-01 KOL-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KMPS
  • 1976-06-10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • 1976-08-28 NY Cosmos beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 for NASL cup
  • 1976-10-05 Seattle & Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) & Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
  • 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
  • 1977-07-24 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
  • 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
  • 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 CA 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
  • 1991-07-25 Seattle Jay Buhner hits a 479' HR in Yankee Stadium
  • 1991-12-27 Chuck Knox retires as Seattle Seahawk coach
  • 1992-09-27 Seattle's Randy Johnson ties AL record for lefties with 18 strike outs
  • 1993-06-16 Ken Griffey Jr slugs his 100th career home run in Seattle's
  • 1993-09-26 Seattle's Randy Johnson joins 300-strikeout club
  • 1994-07-19 1st game ever cancelled at Seattle Kingdome (falling tiles)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1995-05-18 "Braveheart" directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996)

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestWilliam Randolph Hearst

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

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1868-10-19 Bertha Landes, 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
  • 1886-05-28 Nicolai Sokoloff, near conductor (Seattle Symph), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1890-01-28 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1891-02-02 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • 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
  • 1910-05-15 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1911-01-08 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 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, 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)
  • 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)
  • 1920-03-24 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1921-01-31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 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)
  • 1926-03-23 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1927-02-27 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 player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), 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, Capt USN/astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1930-09-11 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-05-26 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938-07-09 Paul Seiko Chihara, American-Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-05-01 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1940-02-25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)

Person of interestGary Kildall

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
  • 1942-07-08 Janice Pennington, Playboy playmate (May 1971) and model (The Price is Right), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-11-08 Angel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

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

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1943-07-22 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-04-04 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-09-12 Vern M Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1948-07-19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1949-11-10 Ann Reinking, dancer/actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-06-30 Stephen S Oswald, astronaut (STS 42, 56, 67), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-07-01 Daryl Anderson, actor (Animal-Lou Grant), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-09-13 Jean Smart, American actress (Charlene-Designing Women), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952-07-17 Chet McCracken, rocker (Doobie Brothers), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestPaul Allen

1953-01-21 Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft, born in Seattle, Washington

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • 1953-03-27 Pamela Roylance, actress (Sarah-Little House on Prairie), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1955-08-07 Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle

Person of interestBill Gates

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

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 1956-02-17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-06-11 Bruce Plummer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 West Coast), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1959-04-22 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1959-05-06 Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestFred Couples

1959-10-03 Fred Couples, American golfer and Masters Champion (1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1961-05-11 Diana Lee[-Hsu], playmate (May, 1988), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962-04-27 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • 1963-03-12 Candy Costie, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-03-26 Rebecca Twigg, 79K cyclist (Olympic silver 1984, 92, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-08-02 Jeff Bloom, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Montana Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964-02-05 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], 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
  • 1965-02-23 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, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967-11-06 Jackie Auzias de Turenne, WPVA volleyballer (Natl-17th-1995), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-04-30 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-08-05 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-10-19 Sinitta, British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969-03-14 Ty[rel] Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1970-10-05 Josie Bissett, American actress (Jane Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1971-04-10 Nana Miyagi, tennis star (1995 final Surabaya doubles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1971-05-28 Jeff Gove, American PGA golfer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1971-10-27 Liz Pagano, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972-06-15 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1976-10-03 Nate Johnson, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1979-06-17 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1989-01-06 Baby lion-tailed macaques, at Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)
  • 1989-02-19 L A Baby orangutan, at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Person of interestDove Cameron

1996-01-15 Dove Cameron, American actress ("Liv and Maddie"), born in Seattle, Washington

Actress Dove Cameron
Dove Cameron

Famous Weddings

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

  • 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

Person of interestWilliam Randolph Hearst

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

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1974-02-01 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
  • 1982-07-15 Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle

Person of interestKurt Cobain

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

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 1994-11-16 John Boylan, US 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