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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Washington History

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1. In 1935, the city of Spokane was hit with a record-breaking snowstorm that dumped over 20 inches of snow in just 24 hours. The storm left many stranded and caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure.

2. On January 14, 1953, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched from Groton, Connecticut. The submarine went on to make history by completing the first submerged transit of the North Pole in 1958.

3. In 1964, the Seattle World's Fair Corporation was created to plan and organize the World's Fair that would be held in Seattle two years later. The fair, officially known as the Century 21 Exposition, attracted over 10 million visitors and featured iconic structures like the Space Needle and the Monorail.

4. On this day in 1973, Washington became the first state in the US to legalize and regulate acupuncture as a form of medical treatment. Today, acupuncture is widely used in Western medicine and is recognized as a valid treatment for a range of health conditions.

5. In 1999, the Seattle Seahawks played their final game in the Kingdome, their home stadium since 1976. The team moved to their new stadium, CenturyLink Field, the following season, where they still play today. The Kingdome was demolished in 2000.
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