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Record snow hits Washington Territory beginning December 17, 1871.

Northern Pacific Railroad reaches Yakima City, where it declines to build a station, on December 17, 1884.

Fairfax Bridge (James R. O'Farrell Bridge) opens to auto traffic on December 17, 1921.

U.S.S. Lexington provides electricity to Tacoma beginning about December 17, 1929.

Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act, aka the Magnuson Act, is signed on December 17, 1943.

Prototype of Boeing's first jet bomber, the XB-47, makes its maiden flight on December 17, 1947.

Dedication ceremony marks delivery of first water from Seattle Water Department's Tolt River supply system on December 17, 1962.

Ferry Hyak is launched on December 17, 1966.

Seattle City Council, reversing itself, votes against Ballard site for aquarium on December 17, 1971.

Washington State Ferries suffers $3 million damage during a windstorm on December 17, 1990.

Fire destroys Masins Furniture store and other businesses in Old Bellevue on December 17, 2001.

Kenneth Milette of Newport is sentenced in federal court on December 17, 2008, for illegally possessing and selling Indian artifacts.

Two weeks of wicked winter weather whack Washington beginning on December 17, 2008.

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