Washington May 16, 2018
10 Moments Everyone Born In Washington Will Always Remember
It doesn’t matter what year you were born — if you’re born and raised in Washington, certain dates will be etched into your memory, whether they’re from memory, a textbook, or word of mouth. These are a few of our most iconic moments.
1. The day Mount St. Helens erupted.
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and changed the course of our history forever.
2. The day the Kingdome came crashing down in Seattle.
The Kingdome was once the site of Mariners games, Seahawks games, and a ton of other local events. It was demolished by implosion on March 26, 2000, but we now have Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field to enjoy.
3. January 28, 1986, the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
Washingtonians remember this day because one of the seven astronauts killed, Richard F. Scobee, was from Cle Elum. We also remember February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry and claimed the life of former Spokane resident Michael P. Anderson.
4. The day Kennewick Man, the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Paleoamerican man, was discovered at Columbia Park in Kennewick.
That happened on July 28, 1996, leading to an ownership controversy and a battle between the Umatilla tribe and the government.
5. The day the Seattle Mariners won the American League Division Series in 1995.
The Mariners won it again in 2000 and 2001 (and almost in 97), but no one who is True to the Blue will ever forget the first time it happened (and the epic celebrations that followed).
6. The Seahawaks finally winning a Super Bowl in 2014...
The Denver Broncos never stood a chance.
7. ... and the amazing celebration parade that followed.
The crowd was estimated to be about 700,000.
8. The devastating Oso mudslide in 2014.
A major landslide on March 22 killed 43 people and caused millions of dollars in property damage. As horrible as it was, many Washingtonians came together to help each other, leading to the term Oso Strong.
9. The 2001 Nisqually earthquake.
Washington has had plenty of earthquakes over the years (in fact, as we all know, we're due for a huge one eventually). But the quake on February 28, 2001 had a magnitude of 6.8 and was felt as far away as Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
10. The day Washingtonians (Washingstonians?) voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Or, perhaps, this is a day we won't quite be able to remember for some reason. Wink, wink.
These are just a few of the moments that will always stick out in our minds as Washingtonians. Here are
a few fun facts you probably didn’t learn in school.