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On February 21, 1935, the state legislature approved the blanket primary initiative sponsored by the Washington State Grange and promoted by Grange Lecturer (and future Speaker of the House) Charles W. Hodde. The popular blanket primary remained in place for nearly seventy years until it was voided by the courts. The Grange responded with another initiative, which established the state's current top-two primary when voters overwhelmingly approved it in 2004.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting in motion the expulsion of some 110,000 people of Japanese descent, most of them U.S. citizens, from the West Coast to inland prison camps. The internment uprooted thousands of Washington residents from Bainbridge Island, Seattle, the San Juan Islands, the Yakima Valley, Spokane, and elsewhere around the state.
On February 16, 1946, Issaquah's first library opened in the town-council chambers in the community's town hall. The tiny room was in use until 1963, when a new library opened in a converted school-cafeteria building that had been moved near city hall. A bigger and better library building opened in 1983. Then, a decade after annexing to the King County Library System in 1990, the Issaquah Library got a modern new structure to call home.
Thirty-five years ago this week, on February 18, 1983, three young men raided the Wah Mee Club in Seattle's International District, tied up and robbed 14 patrons, and then shot them all in cold blood. Only one victim survived, and his testimony led to the conviction of all three assailants.
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