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5 Fun Facts About July 7 In Washington History

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1. In 1865, Mary Surratt became the first woman to be executed by the United States government. She was convicted of taking part in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
2. In 1937, the first Washington state ferry, the M/V Kalakala, was launched in Tacoma. The ferry became an icon of the region and was featured in numerous films and TV shows.
3. In 1983, actor John Ritter married actress Amy Yasbeck in Bellevue. The couple met while filming the movie "Problem Child" and had a daughter together before Ritter's untimely death in 2003.
4. In 2006, the Seattle Storm won their second WNBA championship, defeating the Detroit Shock. The team was led by superstar players Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird.
5. In 2012, the Seattle Mariners set a major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs in one inning. The feat came during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field.
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