Apr 11, 2024 - News

This week in history: Baby Boeing’s first flight

The prototype for the Boeing 707 is parked beside the original Boeing 737 and the first Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet circa July 1968 at Boeing Field. They are three airplanes in a row on tarmac with trees in the background.

The prototype for the Boeing 707 is parked beside the original Boeing 737 and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet circa July 1968 at Boeing Field. Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Here's a look at some of the April historical events in the city, sourced from state history encyclopedia HistoryLink and local newspaper and university archives.

April 9, 1967: The first Boeing 737 prototype flew out of Boeing Field. "Baby Boeing" is the precursor to the ubiquitous 737 models we know today.

  • You can visit the original at the Museum of Flight.

April 10, 2006: 15,000 people marched in Seattle against House Bill 4437, which had passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and would have made being undocumented a crime.

  • The march led to more actions for immigrant rights, culminating in the May 1, 2006, "Day Without an Immigrant" march in Seattle — part of one of the largest nationwide protests in American history.
  • HB 4437 never passed the Senate.
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