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Sources: These historic covers are from the collections of the Museum of History & Industry, the Seattle Public Library, Washington State Archives, Bill Kossen, Bob Warcup, The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

May 12, 1887:
A front page from the Seattle Weekly Post-Intelligencer.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

June 7, 1889:
The P-I’s front page the day after the Great Seattle Fire.

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June 2, 1909:
The P-I’s front page depicting the opening of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, as reprinted in the paper’s 100th anniversary edition in 1963.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Feb. 3, 1916:
The P-I’s front page documenting the collapse of St. James Cathedral’s dome under the weight of snow, reprinted in the paper’s 100th anniversary edition in 1963.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sept. 29, 1937:
Seattle celebrated a visit by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nov. 8, 1940:
The P-I’s front page bears news of the break-up of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

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Dec. 8, 1941:
The day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the P-I reported the U.S. declaration of war.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

May 2, 1945:
Hitler’s death is reported in the P-I.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Aug. 15, 1945:
The P-I reports on Japan’s surrender after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

April 5, 1953:
The Alaskan Way Viaduct is newly open.

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Feb. 21, 1962:
P-I documents the successful flight of John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

April 21, 1962:
The World’s Fair opens in Seattle.

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April 7, 1963:
The P-I’s 100th anniversary.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nov. 23, 1963:
The P-I the morning after the assassination of President Kennedy. The headline: “MARTYR.”

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Nov. 25, 1963:
The murder of suspected Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

June 9, 1968:
Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest after being assassinated.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

July 21, 1969:
The day after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.

Copy photo by GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Aug. 9, 1974:
President Nixon resigns and Gerald Ford takes office.

May 19, 1980:
The eruption of Mount St. Helens.

September 12, 2001:
The September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City. (Image is linked to PDF).

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Jan. 10, 2009:
P-I coverage the morning after the Hearst Corporation announced the newspaper was up for sale. The company said potential buyers had 60 days to come forward. If there were no takers, the 145-year-old publication would close.

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March 17, 2009:
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s final print edition.

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