100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 31, 1913
That pedestrians will be able to cross the new 11th Street bridge Sunday and that it will be open to all traffic some time next Tuesday is the announcement made to the city today by C.E. Fowler, president of the International Contracting Co., which erected the huge steel structure. Believing the bridge should be opened with some ceremony, as the News has suggested, Commissioner A.C. Mills this morning broached the subject to the other members of the city council and it met with instant approval.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 31, 1963
House coalition forces gained new muscle and respect following a day-long floor fight yesterday. Immediately after the fight was over, the bill they were talking about, the main general fund budget seeking an appropriation of $1,285,699,305 to run the state for the next two years, was introduced. The new muscle was the power to take the main budget bill into a committee of the whole where no record is kept and no roll calls are taken. The main question now was, would they use it?
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 31, 1988
The Tacoma-Seattle arena business is starting to resemble an overloaded apple cart – one that’s about to get a hard jolt from the Seattle SuperSonics. For nearly five years, two roughly equal-size arenas owned by the public – The Tacoma Dome and the Seattle Center Coliseum – have been waging a tough battle for dominance in the region’s lucrative concert, family-entertainment and trade-show business. The battle is more or less a stalemate. Both arenas manage to carve out respectable shares of the pie. Along comes a state-of-the-art, 19,000 seat arena proposed by Sonics owner Barry Ackerley for a site just south of the Kingdome, a few blocks from downtown Seattle.