IC Timeline

This is the timeline of the events that has affected the city of Seattle. This timeline begins with the establishment of the city of Seattle and continues until present day. This timeline will be updated with any significant events that happen ICly throughout the course of roleplay, plot and storylines.


Pre-Game History
Date Event Description
November 13, 1851 Settlers, led by Arthur Denny, arrive at Alki Point.
November 28, 1851 Charles Terry opens area's first store.
March 31, 1852 David "Doc" Maynard arrives. He is credited with naming Seattle after his friend Chief Sealth, leader of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
April 3, 1852 Denny party moves across Elliott Bay.
December 22 , 1852 King County incorporated.
March 26, 1853 Henry Yesler opens his sawmill, the first on the Puget Sound.
May 23, 1853 Maynard files plats with streets based on compass points, not parallel to the shoreline as Denny and Carson Boren had done. This results in a permanent mismatch at Yesler Way, where two halves of town meet.
January 22, 1855 Point Elliott Treaty, which cedes much of the Native American land in Western Washington to the U.S. government, is signed.
January 26, 1856 The Battle of Seattle is fought. Seattle residents fire muskets at attacking Indians, upset over attempts to relocate them. The sloop Decatur fires its cannon, routing the Indians. Two settlers are killed.
February 18, 1858 Chief Leschi of the Nisquallies is hanged after being found guilty of leading an ambush in which two federal volunteers were killed in 1855.
1860 Military Road from Fort Vancouver to Seattle is completed, the first road connecting Seattle to other Western Washington cities.
November 4, 1861 Washington Territorial University — later the University of Washington — is established in downtown Seattle.
December 10, 1863 The Gazette, Seattle's first newspaper, is published. It evolves into the Post-Intelligencer.
May 16, 1864 The Mercer girls arrive in Seattle. Asa Shinn Mercer, the UW's first teacher, traveled to New England to find wives for the men of Washington. He had intended to bring back hundreds of women but returned with far fewer.
June 7, 1866 Chief Sealth dies.
1869 Seattle Public Library opens.
December 2, 1869 Seattle incorporates.
1870 Seattle's population is 1,107.
July 11, 1870 Henry Atkins is elected Seattle's first mayor.
March 25, 1872 The coal route from Seattle to Newcastle is completed, the first railroad in Western Washington.
October 24, 1872 Seattle's first brick building erected.
July 14, 1873 Northern Pacific chooses Tacoma over Seattle as terminus of transcontinental railroad.
March 3, 1875 Steamship service to San Francisco begins.
1876 The first UW graduate is Clara McCarty.
August 7, 1876 Seattle YMCA founded.
1878 Seattle Malting and Brewing, later Rainier Brewery, is established.
August 2, 1878 Mother Joseph opens Providence Hospital, the first in Seattle, at Fifth Avenue and Madison Street.
November 24, 1879 Squire's Opera House on First Avenue South between Main and Washington streets is the city's first theater.
1880 Seattle's population is 3,533.
December 1882 The first trans-Pacific steamship departs from Seattle, the first step in the city's ambition to become the gateway to the Pacific Rim.
September 23, 1884 The first horse-powered streetcar line is established.
February 6, 1886 Mob forces 350 Chinese to the docks for "deportation.'' Soldiers and sheriff's deputies intervene and five men are wounded.
Dec. 24, 1888 The City of Seattle is the first regularly scheduled ferry on Puget Sound.
1889 The Bon Marché opens.
March 31, 1889 The first electric-trolley line begins.
June 6, 1889 The Great Seattle Fire leaves more than 25 blocks of downtown Seattle in smoldering ruins. But there were no confirmed deaths.
September 21, 1889 Business and political leaders form the Washington National Building, Loan and Investment Association to help rebuild the city. It is the precursor to Washington Mutual.
1890 Seattle's population is 42,837.
The Frederick & Nelson store opens. It becomes the city's premier department store for 101 years, until closing in 1992.
George Bartell buys his first drugstore.
January 7, 1890 The first transcontinental train arrives in Seattle.
September 4, 1895 First classes begin at the present site of the UW.
August 10, 1896 Col. Alden Blethen buys The Seattle Daily Times.
July 17, 1897 The steamship Portland docks in Seattle loaded with gold, igniting the Klondike Gold Rush. Business generated by supplying prospectors brings great gains in wealth and population to the city.
October 21, 1898 Seattle College opens, predecessor to Seattle University.
December 28, 1899 City buys Guy Phinney's Woodland Park estate and its menagerie (now the zoo).
1900 Seattle's population is 80,671.
February 9, 1900 Fort Lawton is established on Magnolia Bluff.
1901 Opening of Wallin & Nordstrom shoe store, the forerunner of the retail giant Nordstrom.
September 25, 1902 Interurban rail service begins.
December 29, 1903 The Seattle Symphony performs for the first time.
February 11, 1905 William Pigott incorporates Seattle Car Manufacturing, which in 1972 becomes PACCAR, now one of the world's largest manufacturers of custom-made heavy-duty trucks.
1906 The King Street Station opens to serve the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads.
1907 Children's Hospital opens.
John McLean builds world's first gasoline service station at Holgate Street and Western Avenue.
Ballard, West Seattle, Columbia City and Rainier Beach annexed.
August 17, 1907 Pike Place Market opens.
August 28, 1907 James Casey, 19, and Claude Ryan start American Messenger, which becomes United Parcel Service.
June 1, 1909 The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens on the site now occupied by the UW.
1910 Seattle's population is 237,194.
Laurelhurst and Georgetown annexed.
November 8, 1910 Washington state grants women the right to vote. In 1854, a proposal by Arthur Denny to enfranchise women had failed by one vote in the territorial legislature. Seattle women won the right to vote in 1883, but that was ruled unconstitutional by the Territorial Court in 1887.
February 7, 1911 Mayor Hiram Gill is recalled. Gill sought to preside over a city tolerant of gambling and prostitution.
September 5, 1911 Port of Seattle established.
May 20, 1911 Union Station opens to serve the Union Pacific railroad.
July 17, 1913 A confrontation between sailors and an Industrial Workers of the World speaker during Seattle's Potlatch Days festival leads to two days of rioting and fistfights. No deaths are reported, but injuries and property damages are extensive.
December 27, 1913 The Leschi, the first automobile ferry, makes its first trip across Lake Washington.
1914 The Cornish School, specializing in the arts, is founded.
July 4, 1914 Smith Tower opens.
June 1, 1916 Longshoremen strike in major ports along the West Coast, including Seattle. The strike is marred by violence and property destruction and is not settled until October.
March 26, 1917 The Seattle Metropolitans hockey team wins the Stanley Cup.
May 8, 1917 Lake Washington Ship Canal, including the Hiram Chittenden Locks, is completed, connecting Shilshole Bay, Lake Union and Lake Washington.
May 9, 1917 Boeing Airplane established.
1918-1919 A flu epidemic kills 1,600 in Seattle.
1919 Eddie Bauer goes into business.
February 6, 1919 First general strike in the nation's history begins in Seattle when 60,000 workers stay home. The strike ends Feb. 11.
1920 Seattle's population is 315,312.
May 1920 The nation's first sanitary landfill is established on Queen Anne Hill.
December 27, 1920 The Hearst company takes over the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
December 6, 1924 The Olympic Hotel opens.
1926 Don Ibsen, a senior at Roosevelt High School, screws a pair of tennis shoes onto a cedar board and becomes one of the co-inventors of water-skiing.
May 9, 1926 Bertha Landes is elected mayor, first woman mayor in any major U.S. city.
January 28, 1927 Boeing secures the Chicago-San Francisco air-mail contract and forms United Air Lines.
1928 Thomas Edison flips a switch in West Orange, N.J., and turns on Seattle's new electric street-lighting system.
Burton and Florence Bean James start the Seattle Repertory Playhouse.
July 26, 1928 Boeing Field opens.
December 30, 1928 The Interurban to Tacoma ends service.
1930 Seattle's population is 365,583.
December 10, 1930 The Denny Regrade is completed. Begun in 1898, this was a massive project to level Denny Hill and surrounding area, one of several similar works around the city.
February 27, 1932 The Aurora Bridge is dedicated, the first major highway bridge built in Seattle.
June 23, 1933 Seattle Art Museum opens in Volunteer Park.
1934 The Washington Park Arboretum is established.
May 9, 1934 A West Coast waterfront strike, in which several people are killed, begins. It lasts until July 31. The International Longshoreman's Association wins recognition in Seattle.
August 19, 1936 Newsroom members of the American Newspaper Guild strike the Post-Intelligencer.
July 29, 1938 Ivar Haglund opens a fish-and-chips stand at Pier 54. This expands into Ivar's Acres of Clams and an empire of seafood eateries.
1939 Lloyd and Mary Anderson form a buying co-op in Seattle so members can find obscure climbing equipment. This becomes REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated).
December 2. 1939 Yesler Terrace becomes the first racially integrated public housing in United States.
1940 Seattle's population is 368,302.
June 5, 1940 The Lake Washington Floating Bridge opens, connecting Seattle with Mercer Island and the Eastside.
1942 Japanese Americans ordered out of Seattle.
April 21, 1942 Japanese Americans are ordered to evacuate Seattle. More than 12,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry from King County were held in inland "relocation centers" during World War II.
August 14, 1944 African-American soldiers riot at Fort Lawton and lynch an Italian prisoner of war. Twenty-three men are convicted and 13 acquitted in the riot, attributed to racial tension based on unfair treatment of black soldiers.
December 22, 1945 Group Health Cooperative formed.
1947 Dorothy Stimson Bullitt buys KEVR-FM, the first piece of the KING broadcasting empire.
1949 7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Seattle.
January 22, 1949 UW fires three professors for suspected Communist ties after an investigation by a committee formed by the Legislature in 1947 and chaired by Rep. Albert Canwell, a freshman Republican from Spokane.
April 13, 1949 A 7.1-magnitude earthquake kills seven in Seattle. The quake only lasted 20 seconds, but repairs went on for years.
July 9, 1949 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport opens.
1950 Seattle's population is 467,591.
April 21, 1950 Northgate Mall opens, one of the earliest suburban shopping malls in the United States.
August 1950 First Seafair celebration held.
June 1, 1951 Responding to public pressure for accountability, the state takes over ferry operations from Black Ball.
1953 Alaskan Way Viaduct completed.
Voters agree to annexations that extend Seattle to North 145th Street.
April 4, 1953 Alaskan Way Viaduct completed.
July 16, 1953 The Newspaper Guild strikes The Seattle Times, shutting down the paper for 94 days.
January 28, 1954 Dick's Drive-In opens in Wallingford.
July 15, 1954 A Boeing 707, the first successful passenger jet, takes its first flight.
September 9, 1958 Metro established. Restricted to sewers and water cleanup at first, Metro is expanded to include mass transit in 1972. In 1992, Metro merges with King County.
1960 Seattle's population is 557,087.
Dr. Belding Scribner teams up with fellow UW researchers Dr. Albert Babb and technician Wayne Quinton to perfect the kidney-dialysis process.
January 1, 1960 The UW football team wins its first Rose Bowl.
1961 Bill Kirschner (later to form K2 on Vashon Island) invents the fiberglass snow ski.
March 17, 1961 Wing Luke is elected to City Council, the first Chinese American elected to a major public office in the United States.
April 21, 1962 The World's Fair opens, leaving as part of its legacy the Space Needle, Monorail and many of Seattle Center's buildings.
June 20, 1962 Dave Beck, a Seattle trucker driver who rose to become head of the powerful Teamsters union, begins a two-year prison term for tax evasion. He later is pardoned.
October 12, 1962 A Columbus Day windstorm, the most savage in West Coast history, damages 53,000 homes. Seven people are killed in Washington, 35 in Oregon.
August 28, 1963 The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge opens.
April 29, 1965 An earthquake, which registered between 6.5 and 7 on the Richter scale, kills eight people from either falling debris or heart attacks.
December 31, 1966 Boeing is awarded the contract to build the super-sonic transport, the SST.
January 31, 1967 Interstate 5 is completed from Tacoma to Everett.
October 13, 1967 Seattle's new professional basketball team, the Supersonics, plays its first game.
February 13, 1968 Voters approve $40 million of "Forward Thrust" bonds to build the Kingdome, the Aquarium, youth centers and highways. But voters reject a $385 million mass-transit proposal.
January 26, 1969 Edwin Pratt, 38, one of Seattle's most respected black leaders, is fatally shot at his Richmond Highlands home. The case has not been solved.
February 9, 1969 The Boeing 747 takes its first test flight.
March 28, 1969 The 50-story Seafirst Building is completed. It is the first Seattle building taller than Smith Tower.
April 11, 1969 Seattle's new professional baseball team, the Pilots, begins its first and only season at Sick's Stadium. The team moves to Milwaukee the next year.
October 8, 1969 Police Chief Frank Ramon resigns amid a gambling and corruption scandal.
1970 Seattle's population is 530,831.
February 17, 1970 Protesters pelt the Federal Courthouse with paint and rocks after the "Chicago Seven" are cited for contempt of court in their trial stemming from demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The accused leaders of the protest, dubbed the "Seattle Seven," are indicted for conspiracy, but the case ends in a mistrial.
March 7, 1970 Medic One begins. The mobile paramedic units pioneer on-site cardiac care.
March 8, 1970 About 100 Indian activists attempt to occupy the abandoned Fort Lawton. They "claimed" Fort Lawton under a provision in an 1865 treaty promising reversion of surplus military lands to the original owners. As a result of the protests, the Daybreak Star Center is formed in what becomes Discovery Park.
May 5, 1970 More than 3,000 anti-war protesters block southbound Interstate 5 traffic before exiting at Roanoke.
May 1970 Pioneer Square designated city's first historic district.
December 3, 1970 Congress kills the SST project, and the "Boeing Bust" reaches its peak. Boeing employment in the area drops below 38,000 from 95,000 in 1968.
April 1971 Starbucks opens its first cafe.
July 27, 1971
September 3, 1971 The Labor Day weekend is kicked off with Festival '71, which becomes known as Bumbershoot, the annual music-and-arts festival at Seattle Center.
November 2, 1971 Voters save Pike Place Market, thwarting an eight-year effort to replace it with offices, hotels and parking garages.
November 24, 1971 A man, known only by the pseudonym Dan or D.B. Cooper, hijacks a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle. After collecting a $200,000 ransom and four parachutes in Seattle, he orders the pilots to fly to Mexico. As the plane flies over Southwest Washington, he jumps out. About $5,800 of the money is found years later, but neither Cooper nor the rest of the money has been found.
October 11, 1972 Chicano activists occupy the Beacon Hill School, which becomes the site of El Centro de la Raza, a clearinghouse of services for the local Hispanic community.
April 4, 1975 Micro-Soft (the hyphen was removed in 1976), the software giant, is founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In 1978, it moves from Albuquerque to Bellevue, bringing jobs and wealth to the Seattle area.
July 1975 The Seattle Opera stages Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" for the first time.
1976 Kingdome opens.
March 27, 1976 The Kingdome opens. On Sept. 12, Seattle's new professional football team, the Seahawks, plays its first regular-season game.
March 31, 1976 Seattle Weekly begins publication.
April 6, 1977 Seattle's new professional baseball team, the Mariners, plays its first game.
May 20, 1977 Seattle Aquarium opens.
June 11, 1978 Freighter Chavez hits the West Seattle Bridge and puts the span out of commission for seven years.
September 29, 1978 Seattle becomes the first big city in the United States to implement a busing program without being required to do so by the courts.
June 1, 1979 The Supersonics win the NBA championship.
1980 Seattle's population is 493,846.
July 15, 1982 The body of Wendy Lee Coffield, the Green River killer's first victim, is found. Forty-nine homicides have been attributed to this unknown serial killer.
August 11, 1982 The first pint of Redhook Ale is sold in Seattle, kicking off the microbrew craze.
February 18, 1983 Three Hong Kong immigrants enter the Wah Mee Club, a gambling parlor in Seattle's Chinatown International District, and kill 13 people, the worst mass murder in state history. The three men were convicted of murder.
May 23, 1983 Joint Operating Agreement begins between the Post-Intelligencer and The Times. Under the agreement brokered through the Justice Department, The Times manages printing, advertising, circulation and most other commercial operations for both papers, while the news operations of the two papers remain editorially independent. It is amended in 1999 to allow The Times to publish a morning edition.
September 15, 1983 The first Costco discount warehouse opens on Fourth Avenue South.
March 2, 1985 The 76-story Columbia Center (Bank of America Tower) is completed. It becomes the city's tallest building. The towering structure is the pride of developer Martin Selig, who is credited with remaking Seattle's skyline.
April 8, 1988 The Metro bus tunnel is completed under downtown Seattle.
June 23, 1988 Washington State Trade and Convention Center completed.
January 24, 1989 Serial killer Ted Bundy executed in Florida. Before his death, the Tacoma-raised killer confesses to 20 murders committed between 1973 and 1978, 11 of them in Washington.
1990 Seattle's population is 516,259.
July 20, 1990 Seattle hosts the Goodwill Games, an alternative to the Summer Olympics, which media mogul Ted Turner thought had fallen hostage to politics.
November 25, 1990 The Interstate 90 floating bridge sinks in a storm.
December 5, 1991 Seattle Art Museum moves to a new building downtown. The Volunteer Park building becomes the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
January 20, 1993 Six people die, 750,000 homes and businesses lose power and 167 homes are destroyed in the Puget Sound's Inaugural Day storm.
September 28, 1995 The U.S. Navy leaves Sand Point, a naval air station since 1920. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gets 100 acres for its Western headquarters, and the remaining 156 acres become Magnuson Park.
January 5, 1995 Four Seattle firefighters die in the Pang warehouse fire. Martin Pang, son of the owners, eventually pleads guilty to manslaughter and is sentenced to 35 years in prison.
November 5, 1996 Sound Transit is approved by voters. The agency begins the planning and operation of commuter rail trains and express bus service. A light-rail line from SeaTac to the University District also is planned.
June 17, 1997 Voters approve funding for the Seahawks' new stadium.
September 12, 1998 Benaroya Hall opens.
November 27, 1998 A Metro bus plunges 50 feet off the Aurora Bridge when passenger Silas Cool fatally shoots Metro driver Mark McLaughlin and then fatally shoots himself. One other passenger is killed and 33 are injured.
November 28, 1998 Popular Seattle schools Superintendent John Stanford dies from complications of leukemia.
July 15, 1999 Safeco Field, new home of the Mariners, opens. King County voters had rejected a stadium-funding proposal in 1995, but when the Mariners threatened to relocate, Gov. Gary Locke called a special session of the state Legislature, which approved money for construction.
November 29-December 3 The World Trade Organization meeting deteriorates into rioting, police confrontations, the closing of downtown and a curfew. Nearly 600 people are arrested, but most of the charges are eventually dropped.
2000 Seattle's population is 563,374.
January 31, 2000 Alaska Flight 261 crashes into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88, many from Seattle.
June 23, 2000 Experience Music Project, Paul Allen's homage to rock 'n' roll music, opens.
March 26, 2000 The Kingdome is imploded to make way for the new football stadium.
November 19, 2000 The Newspaper Guild strikes at The Times and Post-Intelligencer. Each paper publishes during the strike, which ends after 37 days at the P-I and 49 days at The Times.
February 27, 2001 Mardi Gras celebrations in Pioneer Square deteriorate into rioting. One person is killed.
February 28, 2001 A magnitude-6.8 earthquake rattles the Puget Sound area, causing more than $1 billion in damage.
September 4, 2001 Boeing moves its corporate headquarters to Chicago.
June 7, 2002 The new Seahawks Stadium is completed on the site of the old Kingdome.
May 18, 2003 Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet move in to new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.
November 20, 2004 The Seattle Central Library, another architectural oddity, opens in downtown Seattle.
The above information is taken from the article "Seattle, by and by: Seattle Through The Years" By Vince Kueter; Seattle Times news researcher.
Pre-Opening History
Date Event Description
May 17, 2004 The first documented mutation begins.
December 8, 2004 The first recorded mutant appears in Seattle. This mutant is then dubbed Subject 0.
2005 More and more mutants continue to appear throughout the world.
March 14, 2005 Mutants start to gain public attention and the Senate begins to debate the subject.
April 20, 2007 The Mutant Task Force is created with the approval of the President.
May 8, 2007 Jacob Meyers is named Director of the Mutant Task Force.
August 18, 2007 A facility for the Mutant Task Force is created in Seattle.
Post-Opening History
Date Event Description
February 12, 2009 Mutants begin disappearing with no clues as to who is behind it.
February 20, 2009 Senator Arthur Rock is shot while giving a speech in Seattle.
February 22, 2009 A group known as Zephyr takes responsibility for the shooting.
March 12, 2009 The inter-dimensional Starbucks problem seems to have fixed itself, leaving only a single Starbucks in the city. The initial cause of the problem remains unknown.
May 26, 2009 All technology within Seattle has ceased. All radios, television, cellphone, computers, cars, planes, trains ceased to work. Accidents happen all over the city, planes fell from the skies and the city of Seattle was thrown back into the Stone Age. The source remains unknown.
August 15, 2009 Technology returns to Seattle after the military launches a nuclear missile at Seattle. The missile hits the EMP field and shorts out. The missile creates a shockwave which disrupts the EMP field, allowing technology to return. The cause of the event remains unknown.
September 13, 2009 Game Closed
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