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100 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Dec. 7, 1918: Esteven Point Light­house, which con­tains one of the most pow­er­ful lights on the Bri­tish Columbia coast, was put out of or­der by an earth­quake.

AA plan to build $1 mil­lion worth of new homes in the Ta­coma area was an­nounced by Mayor Rid­dell.

50 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Dec. 7, 1968: Un­der­dog Wil­son con­verted seven free throws and added two field goals in the fi­nal 1:15to trip de­fend­ing cham­pion Lin­coln 44-35 in the ti­tle game of the Hoop-Go-Round in the Univer­sity of Puget Sound Field­house be­fore more than 5,900 fans.

25 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Dec. 7, 1993: Nearly ev­ery­body who had any­thing to do with Wash­ing­ton’s new history mu­seum showed up to see the ground­break­ing for down­town Ta­coma’s lat­est water­front ad­di­tion. The $35.8 mil­lion mu­seum came a step closer to re­al­ity as Gov. Mike Lowry, joined by McCarver El­e­men­tary School stu­dents Nona Lam­bert and Eli­jah Meinzer, turned the first shovel of earth to of­fi­cially be­gin con­struc­tion. Sched­uled to open by mid­sum­mer 1996, the mu­seum will be just south of the ren­o­vated Union Sta­tion Court­house on Pa­cific Av­enue.

Richards Stu­dio Col­lec­tion, Ta­coma Pub­lic Li­brary

Sev­eral thou­sand work­ers at the Seat­tle-Ta­coma Ship­build­ing Corp. ship­yard on Ta­coma’s tide­flats gath­ered on Dec. 7, 1943, the sec­ond an­niver­sary of Pearl Har­bor, to watch their com­pany re­ceive the Army-Navy “E” pen­nant for ex­cel­lence in pro­duc­tion. Dur­ing WWII the “E” Pen­nant was the high­est award that could be con­ferred on an in­dus­trial plant.

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