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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Washington History

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1. In 1919, the first transcontinental air mail service began in the United States. The first flight carrying mail from New York to San Francisco took off from Long Island, New York on November 28th and reached its destination on December 1st, after making stops in Trenton, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, and Omaha.

2. In 1952, the University of Washington Huskies football team played their last game at the old Husky Stadium before it was renovated. They beat the Washington State Cougars 40-26 in front of a sold-out crowd of 44,520 fans.

3. On November 28, 1962, the Space Needle in Seattle opened to the public. Designed by architect John Graham Jr., the iconic landmark was built for the 1962 World's Fair and has since become a symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction.

4. In 1979, the first ever passenger flight of the Boeing 747-300 took place from Everett, Washington to Frankfurt, Germany. The 747-300 was an updated version of the popular jumbo jet, with a longer fuselage and improved performance.

5. November 28, 2013 marked the inauguration of Seattle's first openly gay mayor, Ed Murray. Murray had previously served as a state senator and was a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights before being elected to lead the city.
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