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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Washington History

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1. In 1953, the first color television broadcast was made in Seattle by KING-TV. The program was a showing of "Colgate Theatre" and was broadcast in full-color to a limited number of viewers.

2. In 1979, Washington State Governor Dixy Lee Ray declared a state of emergency due to a heavy snowstorm that dumped nearly two feet of snow on Seattle.

3. On January 29, 1996, the Seattle SuperSonics announced the retirement of Lenny Wilkens' number 19 jersey, making him the first, and only, Seattle professional basketball player to have his number retired.

4. In 2010, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Vancouver Island region of Canada, causing shaking to be felt in parts of Washington State.

5. On this day in 2019, the Washington Legislature approved a bill banning the use of plastic bags at retail stores across the state, making Washington the eighth state in the U.S. to implement a statewide ban.
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