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5 Fun Facts About January 5 In Washington History

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1. In 1853, the Territory of Washington was established by an act of Congress. This was a significant moment in the state's history, as it marked its first steps towards statehood.

2. On January 5, 1889, the Great Seattle Fire broke out, destroying much of the city's business district. The fire burned for over 12 hours and caused an estimated $7.5 million in damages, making it one of the most destructive fires in U.S. history.

3. In 1922, the Seattle Times sponsored the first-ever Rose Bowl game west of the Mississippi River, which was played on January 2 but received extensive coverage in the newspaper on January 5. The game, which featured the University of Washington Huskies and the Navy Midshipmen, ended in a 14-14 tie.

4. On January 5, 1956, the University of Washington Huskies football team won the Rose Bowl, defeating the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 20-0. This was the Huskies' first Rose Bowl victory and remains one of their greatest accomplishments in football.

5. In 2013, the Museum of History and Industry opened its new location in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. The museum, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Pacific Northwest, features interactive exhibits, artifacts, and archives that offer insights into the region's diverse cultures, industries, and communities.
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