100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 11, 1913
The Red Star line, one of the affiliated steamship companies of the International Mercantile Marine, will operate a line of steamers between the Atlantic coast, San Francisco and Puget Sound, following the opening of the Panama Canal, according to Charles Fenn, the promoter of the Harbor Island terminal proposition in Seattle, who arrived in Tacoma today from New York.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 11, 1963
A terrific boiler explosion, heard a half-mile away, miraculously spared about a dozen residents from injury at 2:10 this morning, but wrecked a two-story wooden frame apartment house at 1009-1011 S. I St. Police and fire department war veterans said that with daylight it looked like a bombing. The force of the explosion was so terrific the heavy iron boiler door was blown through a wall to an alley spot 90 feet away.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 11, 1988
Thanks to the Chinese, the two leaders of Washington’s Legislature may even stay civil during the legislative session that begins today. Joe King, the towering insurance broker from Vancouver, and Jeanette Hayner, the compact attorney from Walla Walla, are on opposite sides of the political world. Republican Hayner, the new Senate majority leader, tenaciously defends the interests of business and promotes law and order. Democrat King, the House speaker, is a fiery friend of labor and civil rights groups. Hayner, for example, helped muscle a bill broadening police powers to secretly record conversations through the Senate in 1987. King killed the bill when it came to the House. But because they’re the leaders, the Chinese invited them to be part of a delegation that spent three weeks touring, meeting officials and boosting Washington state.