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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Washington History

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1. In 1983, Washington's Governor Booth Gardner signed a bill that established the Washington State Arts Commission. This organization is responsible for promoting and supporting the arts throughout the state. Today, the Arts Commission funds various art projects, offers grants to artists and organizations, and runs programs that bring the arts to underserved communities.

2. On November 16, 1934, the Bonneville Dam was dedicated. Located on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam was the first hydroelectric dam on the river and was built to help provide electricity to the Pacific Northwest. Today, the dam generates enough electricity to power over 900,000 homes.

3. In 1989, Microsoft released its first version of Office for Mac. This software suite included Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other productivity tools that became staples in many offices around the world. Today, Microsoft Office is still widely used and has evolved to become one of the most comprehensive and versatile office suites available.

4. On November 16, 2007, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma opened a new exhibition called "Reflections on Crystal." This exhibition featured works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, who is a Washington native. Chihuly's works are known for their vibrant colors, intricate designs, and larger-than-life scale.

5. In 1949, the University of Washington football team played its final game of the season against the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The game ended in a 14-14 tie, and the Huskies finished the season with a record of 5-3-2. Despite not winning the Pacific Coast Conference that year, the Huskies would go on to win the Rose Bowl the following season, cementing their place in Washington football history.
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