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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Washington History

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1. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Seattle and spoke at the dedication of the Grand Coulee Dam. The dam, located on the Columbia River, is one of the largest in the country and provides hydroelectricity to millions of people.

2. In 1993, the Washington State Ferries system became the largest in the world with 39 vessels. The system carries over 24 million passengers every year and is an integral part of transportation in the Puget Sound region.

3. On October 30, 2000, Microsoft released Windows ME, the last version of their Windows 9x operating system. While it was heavily criticized for its instability and compatibility issues, it introduced several new features such as system restore and movie maker.

4. In 2005, the Seattle Sounders, a professional soccer team, played their first home game at Qwest Field (now CenturyLink Field). The team has since become a powerhouse in the United Soccer League and in 2009 became the first expansion team to win the USL First Division Championship.

5. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread damage and flooding along the East Coast, including in Washington D.C. While the city was spared much of the devastation, several areas experienced power outages and flooded streets. The storm resulted in at least 233 deaths and caused over $70 billion in damage.
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