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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In Washington History

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1. The 1962 Seattle World's Fair officially ended on August 8th.

2. On August 8, 1970, the first Seattle Gay Pride Parade was held. The event attracted over 500 participants, and it marked a significant step forward in the ongoing progress for LGBTQ+ rights.

3. August 8, 1985, saw the unveiling of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Seattle's Foundation Park. The memorial includes a wall inscribed with the names of Washington State's fallen soldiers and is a solemn reminder of the human cost of war.

4. In 2007, Washington State's first-ever Inaugural Ball was held on August 8th, celebrating the inauguration of Governor Christine Gregoire. The event was a glamorous affair with notable attendees such as Pierce Brosnan and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

5. On August 8th, 2017, Washington State saw a near-total solar eclipse. While the event was visible across much of North America, Washington State enjoyed a unique vantage point with the skies darkening for over two minutes in some areas – a rare and beautiful occurrence.
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