Today in Washington State History From Seattle unveils steam-powered fire engine on February 1, 1879. Seattle raises pay for city workers on February 1, 1900. Seattle Car Manufacturing Co. opens a railcar manufacturing plant in Renton on February 1, 1908. King County deeds Sand Point Airfield to U.S. Navy on February 1, 1921. Boeing launches its first Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Cape Canaveral on February 1, 1961. Seattle's Columbia Street on-ramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct opens to traffic on February 1, 1966. The FBI foils a plot by white supremacists to firebomb a Spokane synagogue and assassinate civil rights leaders on February 1, 1992. FAA and Port of Seattle publish a Final Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Sea-Tac International Airport improvements, including a third runway, on February 1, 1996. Former Washington residents Michael Anderson and William McCool, and five fellow astronauts, die when space shuttle <i>Columbia</i> disintegrates during re-entry on February 1, 2003. is launched on February 1, 2007.