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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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 White Sox) 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

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

Historic Event

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

9/11 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.

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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.

Sports History

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

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 2017-10-07 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington
  • 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

Historic Event

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 Baseball World Series: 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

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 345

  • 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 [Ruth Lee Jones], American jazz, blues, pop, and R&B singer ("What a Diff'rence a Day Makes": "September In The Rain"), 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 [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music), 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 known as '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 rock guitarist (The Ventures - "Hawaii 5-0 Theme"; "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2022)
  • 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 and poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1984)
  • 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, American stage and screen actor (The Werewolf of Washington; Blue Velvet; Quantum Leap), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 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, 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
  • 1939-11-28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1940-02-20 Barbara Ellis, American pop vocalist (Fleetwoods - "Mr. Blue"; "Come Softly To Me"), 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 (Justine) "Baby" Washington, American soul singer ("That's How Heartaches Are Made"; "Only Those in Love"), born in Bamberg, South Carolina

Joe Gibbs

1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 1982, 87, 91 Washington Redskins; NFL Coach of the Year 1982, 83) and auto race team owner (5 × NASCAR Cup Series), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

  • 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

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)

  • 1942-06-26 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, singer, and songwriter (Moby Grape - "Ohama"), born in Seattle, Washington

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)

  • 1943-02-27 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 accountant, and politician (US Senator from Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 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, British singer-songwriter (Roxy Music - "Love Is The Drug"; "Avalon"; "Dance Away"), 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-songwriter (Loggins and Messina - "Danny's Song"; "Your Mama Don't Dance"; solo - "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, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 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

Gary Larson

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

  • 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
  • 1951-02-09 Jay Inslee, American politician, Governor of Washington (2013-), Rep-D-Washington (1993-5, 1999-2012), born in Seattle, Washington

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