Washington in History (Part 2)

Washington: Seattle - Spokane

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1953-12-01 Red Sox trade for slugger Jackie Jensen, sending pitcher Mickey McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett to Washington; Jensen averages 25 HRs a year for his 7 seasons in Boston; AL RBI leader x 3, and AL MVP in 1958
  • 1955-06-09 Temperature reaches 100°F in Seattle, Washington, the then hottest day on record
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1961-05-08 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961-07-02 Amidst 5 NY Yankee homers v Washington, Roger Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 for the season

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 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
  • 1965-09-26 Minnesota gains its 1st AL pennant by defeating Washington, 2-1

  • 1967-09-17 Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH)
  • 1968-02-11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Washington Bridge, Hudson River New York
  • 1968-08-02 Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) & Tim Cullen (Chicago WS) become the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season; they had been traded in February in opposite directions
  • 1968-11-30 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Vic Washington's 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record
  • 1968-12-30 -48°F (-44°C), Mazama & Winthrop, Washington (state record)
  • 1970-02-10 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington NH (state record)
  • 1970-02-11 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)
  • 1971-05-17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • 1971-07-01 State of Washington becomes 1st state to ban sex discrimination
  • 1971-11-24 American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again
  • 1972-06-17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • 1973-01-14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • 1973-02-18 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
  • 1974-06-01 Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Washington
  • 1974-06-11 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • 1974-07-14 Bundy victims Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappear, Lake Sammamish, Washington
  • 1974-08-06 Explosion and fire destroy Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1974-11-10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0
  • 1975-01-04 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1975-03-30 Ron Lalonde scores the 1st hat trick by a Washington Capital

  • 1975-05-05 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington, who played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding. He did steal 30 bases and score 33 runs.
  • 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
  • 1977-02-12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1977-07-23 Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Muslims on hostage charges
  • 1978-10-12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington
  • 1979-07-20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Washington
  • 1984-01-22 Super Bowl XVIII, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-02-10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-06-20 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Washington Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1993-01-05 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (first legal hanging in America since 1965)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-07-05 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1995-01-15 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
  • 1995-03-04 Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital
  • 1996-07-25 Kim LaPlante of Washington state crowned Mrs United States
  • 1996-07-28 Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, is discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
  • 1999-07-15 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington
  • 1999-11-30 In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies
  • 2001-02-28 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2001-09-14 Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.

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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002-01-13 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

  • 2007-12-03 Devastating winter storms cause Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, closing 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days, resulting in at least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-01-08 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 2008-09-29 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual
  • 2009-12-15 Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010-01-05 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2010-06-07 MLB Draft: Southern Nevada outfielder Bryce Harper first pick by Washington Nationals
  • 2012-11-07 Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage
  • 2014-03-18 US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats
  • 2014-03-22 43 people are killed by a mudslide in Oso, Washington

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016-03-26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2017-10-07 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-04-27 German leader Angela Merkel has a 1-day trip to Washington meeting US President Donald Trump

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018-05-20 Two cyclists attacked by a cougar, 1 dies, in North Bend, Washington State
  • 2018-06-07 Stanley Cup Final, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV: Washington Capitals beat Las Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3 for a 4-1 series victory; first title in franchise history
  • 2019-02-08 Washington's Governor Jay Inslee declares a state emergency after heavy snowfall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-02-16 Pope Francis defrocks ex-cardinal and archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick for sexually abusing minors and adults. First Cardinal to be removed for sexual abuse.

  • 2019-05-21 Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting
  • 2019-10-30 World Series Baseball: Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first title in franchise history; MVP: Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg
  • 2019-12-01 A newly developed apple that can last a year - the Cosmic Crisp goes on sale in Washington State, US

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1923-03-25 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1927-07-06 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show) and presidential candidate, born in South Bend, Washington (d. 1997)
  • 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., 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
  • 1930-09-17 Jim Rohn, American business philosopher, born in Yakima, Washington (d. 2009)
  • 1930-12-24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931-06-06 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1932-05-03 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1933-02-10 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1933-04-03 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1985) [1]
  • 1933-09-18 (James Frederick) "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), born in Camas, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1935-01-30 Richard Brautigan, American novelist & poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-02-12 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1935-03-24 Carol Kaye, American session bassist (Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1935-09-12 Allan B. Swift, American politician (Rep-D-Washington, 1979-95), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1936-03-05 Dean Stockwell, California, actor (Werewolf of Washington, Blue Velvet)
  • 1936-11-12 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1936-11-25 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1937-01-04 Dyan Cannon [Samile Diane Friesen], American actress, director and producer (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1937-04-19 Elinor Donahue, American actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1938-04-27 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2001)
  • 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
  • 1939-03-08 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97), born in St. John, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1939-04-04 JoAnne Carner, American golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1939-05-01 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-10-07 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939-11-28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1940-02-20 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, 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)
  • 1940-05-10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940-07-05 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer, born in Monroe, Washington
  • 1940-09-23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1940-11-13 Baby Washington, American singer (Only Those in Love), born in Bamberg, South Carolina

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

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

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941-07-19 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1941-08-15 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1941-09-15 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane ("Chauffeur Blues"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1941-09-20 Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1941-09-29 Kermit Zarley, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941-10-12 Craig Washington, American politician (Rep-D-Texas), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1942-04-04 Kitty Kelley, American journalist and author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra), born in Spokane, Washington

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
  • 1942-06-26 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), born in Ryderwood, Washington (d. 2018)
  • 1942-07-08 Janice Pennington, American Playboy playmate (May 1971) and model (The Price is Right), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1972)
  • 1942-09-17 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968), born in Gig Harbor, Washington
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, American rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

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

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1943-02-27 Morten Lauridsen, American composer, born in Colfax, Washington
  • 1943-07-10 Jerry Miller, American songwriter and rock guitarist (Moby Grape), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1943-09-28 Mike Kreidler, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • 1943-10-29 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944-02-01 Mike Enzi, American politician, born in Bremerton, Washington
  • 1944-04-04 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1944-04-26 Martha Rockwell, American cross-country skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1944-10-13 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1945-03-08 Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1945-04-04 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-05-12 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945-08-01 Douglas Osheroff, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1945-09-12 Vern Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-09-26 Bryan Ferry, English rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in Washington, County Durham, England
  • 1945-11-21 Goldie Hawn, American actress (The First Wives Club, Private Benjamin), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1946-02-06 Jim Turner, American politician, born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • 1946-09-30 William Thurston, Washington, mathematician (Fields Medal, 1982), (d. 2012)
  • 1946-10-19 Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan's Heroes, Westworld)
  • 1946-12-16 Terence Knox, American actor (Peter-St Elsewhere), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1947-03-24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • 1948-01-07 Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1948-02-15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1948-07-19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1948-08-28 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1949-04-02 Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 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]
  • 1949-11-30 Arthur Lee Washington Jr, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • 1950-05-24 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Auburn, Washington

Person of interestGary Larson

1950-08-14 Gary Larson, American cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • 1950-08-29 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • 1950-09-05 Kathy Cronkite, American actress (Annie-Hizzonner), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1950-09-08 James Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration (2017-2019), born in Pullman, Washington
  • 1950-10-09 Gary Frank, American actor (Enemy Territory, Deadly Weapon), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1950-10-11 Patty Murray, American politician (U.S. Senator from Washington), born in Bothell, Washington
  • 1950-11-16 John Swartzwelder, American television writer (The Simpsons), born in Seattle, Washington

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