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On April 24, 1877, General Oliver O. Howard met in a day-long council with Smohalla, an influential Wanapum spiritual leader. Howard told Smohalla that he and his followers must move onto the Yakama reservation. However, distracted by the Nez Perce War, which broke out a few weeks later, Howard took no steps to enforce the order and Smohalla ignored it.
On April 21, 1950, crowds of consumers attended the opening of Northgate Mall -- one of the nation's first shopping malls -- which was designed by John Graham Jr. A decade later, Graham became chief architect for the Space Needle, which welcomed the public on April 21, 1962 -- the opening day of the Seattle World's Fair.
Fifty years ago this week, on April 24, 1967, CHECC (Choose an Effective City Council) held a news conference to announce its existence and purpose -- to reform Seattle's city government. For the next 20 years, the bipartisan group spearheaded numerous social and political changes throughout the city. In an exclusive two-part People's History, CHECC participant Peter LeSourd gives an account of the organization's formation and its role in transforming Seattle.
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day celebration was held to raise awareness of environmental issues. On that day, Washington U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson -- a leader on environmental legislation -- spoke at UW and WSU on the dangers of environmental degradation. In Pullman some students pelted him with marshmallows due to his hawkish stance on the Vietnam War, but Jackson caught a few and threw them back, eliciting cheers.
One year ago this week, on April 25, 2016, the new State Route 520 bridge opened across Lake Washington, replacing the original span that opened in 1963. At 7,710 feet, the SR 520 bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world, besting both the I-90 Bridge and the Hood Canal Bridge by more than 1,000 feet.
There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.