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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

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Hear Them Play

On February 22, 1894, the Puyallup
Reservation Band
performed at a banquet/dance and then later for the editors and staff of the Tacoma Daily Ledger at their offices. The band comprised a dozen Indian youths -- including future music star William
"Chief" Arquette

Sent Away

Seventy-five years ago this week, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 directing the relocation of all people of Japanese descent on the West Coast, including U.S. citizens, to inland camps. The internment uprooted thousands of Washington residents across the state, from Bainbridge Island to Seattle, to the YakimaValley, to Spokane.

Going Down

On February 18, 1943, a horrific plane
occurred in Seattle when a strange-looking aircraft plummeted into the Frye Meatpacking plant north of Boeing field. Eleven crewmembers died along with 19 workers on the ground, and in the resulting fire much of the plant's livestock was killed. Although the event could not be concealed, military police quarantined the scene and censored press reports, for this plane was the top-secret prototype of the famed B-29
that two years later would drop the first atomic bombs and end World War II.

Seven Up

On February 17, 1970, "The Day After" the rulings in the Chicago Seven trial, protesters led by the Seattle Liberation
clashed with police in front of the city's federal courthouse. This led to indictments of the organizers, who became known as the Seattle Seven.

Death at Wah Mee

Death at Wah Mee: On February 18, 1983, three young men raided the Wah Mee Club in Seattle's International District, tied up and robbed 14 patrons, and then shot them all in cold blood. Only one victim survived, and his testimony led to the conviction of all three assailants.

Rock and Be Free

On February 21, 1989, Neil Young and his band gave the first live performance of "Rockin' in the Free World," at Seattle's Paramount Theatre. The song was composed as a rebuke to the new administration of President George H. W. Bush, but later became associated with the disintegration of the Soviet Union after the breaching of the Berlin Wall.

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On February 22, 1897, President Grover Cleveland proclaimed the Olympic Forest Reserve, precursor to Olympic National Park.

Quote of the Week

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

--George Washington

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