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THE NEW DEAL: A 75th Anniversary Commemorative Event - Preston, October 15
On October 15, 7-9 p.m. at the Preston Activity Center -- 8625 310th Avenue SE, Preston, WA -- join King County Executive Ron Sims and guests in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the creation of FDRs New Deal. The legacy of the New Deal endures in public works and programs that sustain our government and enrich the lives of King County citizens. Hear from community members, public officials, high school students, labor leaders and others in a celebration of this visionary program and its lessons for today.


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Latona Bridge spanning Seattle's Lake Union is dedicated on July 1, 1891.

City of Tacoma buys Tacoma Light and Water Co. on July 1, 1893.

Army and National Guard troops hold American Lake Maneuvers beginning on July 1, 1904.

Seattle retires chain gang and opens the Municipal Workhouse and Stockade on Beacon Hill on July 1, 1909.

The National American Woman Suffrage Association holds its first formal evening meeting at Seattle's Plymouth Congregational Church on July 1, 1909.

Highland Park & Lake Burien Railroad begins service on July 1, 1912.

Sunset Highway through Snoqualmie Pass is dedicated on July 1, 1915.

Paradise Inn on Mount Rainier opens on July 1, 1917.

Seattle's University Bridge opens on July 1, 1919.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge is dedicated on July 1, 1940.

William Adair Bugge assumes duties as Director of Highways on July 1, 1949.

State Supreme Court issues confusing ruling in Washington v. Satiacum on treaty fishing rights on July 1, 1957.

First sit-in of the civil rights movement in Seattle occurs on July 1, 1963.

Magnolia Branch, The Seattle Public Library opens on July 1, 1964.

Roy Perry becomes general manager of Port of Tacoma on July 1, 1964.

Medicare becomes available on July 1, 1966, and Group Health Cooperative begins accepting older patients.

African American firefighters increase to 16 in Seattle Fire Department by July 1, 1968.

Immigration and Naturalization Act raises Asian American quotas on July 1, 1968.

Riots erupt in Seattle's Central Area after Franklin High protestors are sentenced on July 1, 1968.

Longshoremen vote to strike West Coast ports on July 1, 1971.

Group Health Cooperative Olympia Medical Center opens on July 1, 1972.

Group Health Cooperative head of Pharmacy Phil Nudelman unveils a computerized prescription system on July 1, 1975.

Mayor Wes Uhlman survives recall attempt on July 1, 1975.

New forest practices rules take effect on July 1, 1976.

Downtown Ellensburg is added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1977.

Catholic Archbishop of Seattle Hunthausen issues a letter against homosexual discrimination on July 1, 1977.

Washington State University opens Salishan Learning Center in Tacoma on July 1, 1996.

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Evergreen Point Floating Bridge opens on August 28, 1963.

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