Washington in History (Part 2)

Washington: Seattle - Spokane

Historical Events

Events 101 - 159 of 159

  • 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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American 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) & 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
  • 1968-12-30 -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
  • 1971-11-25 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
  • 1973-02-18 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 destory 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.
  • 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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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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)

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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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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

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

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
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.

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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
  • 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

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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 Finals: Washington Capitals earn first title in franchise history with a 4-3 win in Las Vegas for a 4-1 series victory over the Golden Knights

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 285

  • 1930-09-11 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), 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)
  • 1933-09-18 Jimmie F. Rodgers [James Frederick], American singer and guitarist (Jimmie Rodgers Show, Honey Comb), born in Camas, 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
  • 1935-03-24 Carol Kaye, American session musician (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)
  • 1936-11-25 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, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1938-01-05 Edwin Elliason, Washington, US archer (Olympic-92)
  • 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 Elden Bolcom, 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 LPGA 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
  • 1939-11-28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1940-02-20 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 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 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 Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941-05-12 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 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, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 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 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, Playboy playmate (May 1971) and model (The Price is Right), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, rock vocalist/bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1942-10-15 Don Stevenson, American rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington

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
  • 1943-07-10 Jerry Miller, American songwriter and rock guitarist (Moby Grape), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1943-09-28 Mike Kreidler, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., US jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944-04-04 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1944-04-26 Martha Rockwell, skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 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 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • 1945-08-01 Douglas Osheroff, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1945-09-12 Vern Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945-11-21 Goldie Hawn, American actress (The First Wives Club, Private Benjamin), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 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)
  • 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, dancer/actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1949-11-30 Arthur Lee Washington Jr, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • 1949-12-04 Mary Bea Porter-King, LPGA golfer (1975 Golf Inns Classic), born in Everett, Washington

Person of interestGary Larson

1950-08-14 Gary Larson, 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- ), 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
  • 1951-02-09 Jay Inslee, (Rep-D-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 business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

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

Person of interestSam Kinison

1953-12-08 Sam Kinison, American screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1992)

Comedian Sam Kinison
Comedian
Sam Kinison
  • 1953-12-10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1954-07-01 Chip Hanauer, American hydroplane racer (world champion 1982), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1954-11-27 Patricia McPherson, American actress (Knight Rider), born in Oak Harbor, Washington

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
  • 1956-05-04 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-05-10 Phil Mahre, alpine slalom skier (Olympic gold/silver-80, 84), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1957-05-10 Steve Mahre, twin alpine slalom skier (Olympic silver 1980, 84), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1957-06-11 Bruce Plummer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 West Coast), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1957-10-31 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American 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)
  • 1958-05-31 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1958-07-22 Sandra Elizabeth Greenberg, playmate (June, 1987), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1958-09-06 Michael Winslow, American actor and comedian (Police Academy), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1958-09-15 Dr. Know [Gary Miller], American guitarist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1958-10-13 Maria Cantwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1959-02-22 Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, 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
  • 1959-09-18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1959-10-03 Frederick Stephen Couples, PGA golfer (1983 Kemper Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1959-10-03 Jack Wagner, American singer and actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place), born in Washington, Missouri

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
  • 1960-08-24 Kris Monaghan, golfer (1990 Red Robin Kyocera Inamori), born in Spokane, Washington

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