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1930 - March 17 - First comics page appears in Aberdeen Daily World.

1930 - May 17 - Fox D & R inaugurates Saturday Mickey Mouse Club.

1930 - August 18 - MGM’s Leo the Lion visits the Harbor.

1930 - December 1 - Feds make prohibition sweep on Harbor.

1931 - April 13 - Work begins on East Aberdeen entrance.

1931 - July 2 - Harbor spruce used in Wiley Post’s round-the-world flight plane.

1931 - August 25-27 - Olympic loop highway celebration and dedication.

1931 - November 19 - Oil discovered on the Hoh.

1932 - May 24 - Airship Akron sails over Harbor.

1932 - December 5 - New Federal Building opens in Hoquiam.

1933 - February 18 - “Buy American” week in Grays Harbor.

1933 - April 6 - Worst disaster in Grays Harbor history as gale traps trollermen; 200 put at peril/19 dead.

1933 - April 7 - Prohibition ends on the Harbor. Beer supply runs out at 15¢/bottle.

1933 - May 16 - U.S.S. Constitution arrives on the Harbor for a 9 day visit.

1933 - May 18 - Locomotive Old Betsy leaves for Chicago Worlds Fair. Renamed Minnetonka.

1933 - May 19 - Entire Aberdeen World issue devoted to Constitution.

1933 - May 25 - Storm keeps Constitution here an extra day.

1933 - May 26 - Constitution leaves Grays Harbor for Port Angeles. Over 60,000 visited the ship while it was here.

1933 - June 22 - Draught beer is legalized in Aberdeen.

1934 - April 23 - Strange fossils found on Hoh river.

1934 - December 14 - Harbor Plywood develops "Super Harbord," the first all-weather plywood.

1935 - July 21- The historic Del Monte Hotel is destroyed by fire at the cost of 3 lives. (See 1883)

1935 - September 16 - Aberdeen founder Samuel Benn passes away at the age of 103.

1936 - October 12 - Schooner Santian destroyed by fire at Aberdeen dock.

1937 - April 23 - 102 timber plants in Grays Harbor County.

1937 - May 28 - Wonder Bread comes to Grays Harbor.

1937 - September 22 - Aberdeen World has daily accounts of President Franklin Roosevelt's impending visit.

1937 - October 1 - President Franklin Roosevelt visits Grays Harbor.

1937 - November 2 - Rayonier Inc. formed by merger of Rainier, Grays Harbor and Olympic Forest Products mills.

1937 - December 29 - Hume Street changed to State Street to distance it from an infamous past.

1938 - May 19 - First airmail to leave Grays Harbor.

1938 - June 29 - FDR signs Peninsula Park Bill creating Olympic National Park.

1938 - August 25 - Governor Martin opens three-day Aberdeen Golden Jubilee Celebration.

1938 - November 24 - Olympic Stadium dedicated.

1938 - November 26 - Fish ladder at Lake Aberdeen completed.

1940 - January 16 - Grays Harbor PUD established.

1940 - March 1 - Fire destroys Aberdeen Plywood Company Mill; one dead, 400 out of work.

1940 - May 23 - Three waves of bombers fly overGrays Harbor.

1940 - June 20 - Polson’s Eureka Mill in Hoquiam burns.

1940 - October 22 - New American Plywood Plant has open house.

1940 - December 6 - Tug Tyee sinks.

1940 - Sea claims 82 year old North Cove Lighthouse



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