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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Washington History

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1. On January 11, 1902, the Washington State Legislature created the Department of Agriculture. The department was established to help farmers increase production and improve the quality of their products.

2. In 1922, the Washington State Grange sponsored a referendum that would have made it illegal to ship apples from the state unless they met a certain standard of quality. The measure narrowly failed, but it highlighted the importance of the apple industry in Washington.

3. In 1963, Governor Albert Rosellini signed a law that made Washington the first state to require school buses to have seat belts. The law came in response to a tragic accident in which a school bus carrying high school students crashed, killing seven students and injuring 27 others.

4. On January 11, 1981, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Oakland Raiders in a playoff game to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history. The game was played in the Kingdome, which was demolished in 2000.

5. In 2017, over 50,000 people gathered in Olympia for the Women's March, one of many such marches held around the country following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The march was organized to advocate for women's rights and other issues, and drew participants from across the state.
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