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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Washington History

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1. In 1865, the Washington Evening Star published a report claiming that President Abraham Lincoln had attended a spiritualist seance in the company of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Spiritualism was a popular belief system in the 19th century that held that the spirits of the dead could communicate with the living.

2. On January 13, 1914, Washington state governor Ernest Lister signed into law the first minimum wage law in the United States. The law mandated a minimum wage of $0.15 per hour for women and minors, who were often paid significantly less than men for doing the same work.

3. In 1953, the famous vaudeville performer and actor Eddie Foy Jr. opened a new theater in Seattle, the Eddie Foy III. Foy was known for his comedic routines and for his role as FDR in the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

4. The Seattle Seahawks played their first postseason game on January 13, 1985, in the NFL playoffs against the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks won the game 27-20, with quarterback Dave Krieg throwing three touchdown passes.

5. On January 13, 2018, thousands of women marched through downtown Seattle as part of the Women's March 2.0 to protest against President Donald Trump and to call for gender equality and women's rights. The march was part of a global day of action that saw millions of people take to the streets in cities around the world.
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