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Nov. 13, 1851: The Denny Party lands on Alki Point in what is now Seattle.

Nov. 28, 1851: The first store in the area is opened by Charles Terry.

March 31, 1852: David "Doc" Maynard arrives in the area. He names the city after his friend, Chief Sealth or Chief Seattle, the leader of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

April 1852: The Denny Party relocates their settlement to Elliott Bay.

Dec. 22, 1852: King County is incorporated.

May 23, 1853: Arthur Denny, Carson Boren, and Dr. David S. Maynard file the first plats for the Town of Seattle. They establish the still existent street grid for Pioneer Square and downtown Seattle.

Jan. 26, 1856: The Battle of Seattle occurs between Seattle settlers and native Indians who do not want to be relocated elsewhere.

1862: Asa Shinn Mercer becomes the University of Washington's first teacher and acting president.

Dec. 10, 1863: Seattle first newspaper, The Gazette, is first published. It eventually becomes the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

June 7, 1866: Chief Sealth dies.

June 6, 1889: The Nordhoff family opens The Bon Marché department store.

July 11, 1870: The city's first mayor, Henry Atkins, is elected.

1889: The Great Seattle Fire destroys the business district but causes no deaths.

1901: Nordstrom is founded as a shoestore called Wallin & Nordstrom in Seattle.

Aug. 17, 1907: Pike Place Market opens.

Aug. 28, 1907: United Parcel Service (UPS) is founded as American Messenger by James Casey Claude Ryan.

1909: The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition is held.

Nov. 8, 1910: Women are granted the right to vote in Washington State.

Sept. 19, 1913: Frances Farmer is born in Seattle.

July 15, 1916: William E. Boeing founds the Boeing company in Seattle.

1918: The 1918 Spanish Flu takes 1,600 lives in Seattle.

1919: There is a general strike.

1920: Eddie Bauer is founded.

April 21, 1942: Japanese Americans in Seattle are ordered to evacuate the city. During WW II more than 12,000 Japanese Americans from the Seattle area are held in detention centers.

Nov. 27, 1942: Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle.

April 13, 1949: Seattle is hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Seven lose their lives and the damage to the city is devastating.

July 9, 1949: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport opens.

Jan. 21, 1953: Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is born in Seattle.

Oct. 28, 1955: Bill Gates is born in Seattle.

April 21, 1962: The World's Fair opens. The Space Needle and the Monorail were built for the occasion.

Oct. 13, 1967: The Seattle Supersonics play their first game.

Feb. 9, 1969: The Boeing 747 makes its first test flight.

1971: The first Starbucks opens in Seattle.

May 20, 1977: The Seattle Aquarium opens its doors.

1979: Microsoft Corporation moves headquarters from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Seattle.

May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens, located 96 miles south of Seattle, erupts. It is the most catastropic volcano eruption in United States history. 57 people lose their lives.

Sept. 15, 1983: The flagship Costco discount warehouse is opened in Seattle.

Early 1990s: Grunge music becomes popular. Bands from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden, redefine rock music in the 1990s.

1990: The Goodwill Games are held.

1999: The WTO Meeting is held. Street protests cause chaos.

Feb. 28, 2001: A 6.8 quake, named the Nisqually Earthquake, occurs.

Sept. 4, 2001: Boeing moves its headquarters to Chicago.