Oregon in History

Oregon: Portland

Historical Events

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1778-03-07 Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1792-10-29 Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • 1806-01-08 Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
  • 1810-06-23 John Jacob Astor organizes Pacific Fur Co (Astoria, Oregon)
  • 1813-10-23 The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom).
  • 1818-10-20 US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country
  • 1819-02-22 Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)
  • 1834-07-05 Provisional government forms in Oregon Country
  • 1843-02-02 US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
  • 1843-05-22 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon
  • 1843-07-05 Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country
  • 1845-06-12 George Abernethy becomes 1st governor of Oregon Country
  • 1846-01-05 The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1846-02-05 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1846-06-15 Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
  • 1846-08-05 Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
  • 1848-08-14 Oregon Territory created
  • 1850-07-25 Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River)
  • 1853-03-02 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter
  • 1859-02-14 Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
  • 1859-06-15 Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers.
  • 1880-01-09 The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
  • 1887-02-21 Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
  • 1902-06-02 2nd statewide initiative & referendum law adopted, in Oregon
  • 1905-06-01 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon
  • 1907-06-20 1st Portland Rose festival held in Portland, Oregon
  • 1908-02-24 In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract'
  • 1913-02-17 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)
  • 1915-12-21 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
  • 1919-02-25 Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
  • 1921-01-29 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • 1924-05-16 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon
  • 1929-08-08 Salem Oregon airport dedicated
  • 1933-02-10 -54°F (-48°C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)
  • 1933-09-14 2 billion board feet of lumber destroyed in Tillamook Oregon fire

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1937-09-28 FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1938-08-10 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)
  • 1939-03-27 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
  • 1942-06-22 Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon
  • 1942-09-09 1st bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon during WWII by Japanese planes
  • 1948-05-30 A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
  • 1955-01-27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1961-09-30 Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost
  • 1962-12-03 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1962-12-27 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • 1966-10-01 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.

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1968-05-28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1968-11-03 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon
  • 1974-01-16 L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville, Oregon
  • 1979-01-18 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon

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1982-10-02 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • 1988-07-25 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • 1988-08-01 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon
  • 1989-12-27 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games
  • 1990-04-01 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
  • 1990-06-04 Dr Jack Kevorkian assisted an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die
  • 1990-07-16 Bridgette LeAnn Wilson, 17, of Oregon, 8th crowned Miss Teen USA
  • 1992-11-21 Oregon Sen Bob Packwood issues apology for unwelcome sexual advances
  • 1999-02-04 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • 2005-04-14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 2007-12-02 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)
  • 2010-05-18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable
  • 2011-01-10 13th BCS National Championship: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19
  • 2012-12-30 9 people are killed and 26 are injured in a tour bus crash off interstate 84, Oregon, US
  • 2014-12-13 80th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
  • 2015-10-01 A gunman kills 8 students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
  • 2016-01-26 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • 2016-02-11 Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrenders to authorities after 41 days

Famous Birthdays

  • 1784-10-19 John McLoughlin, Hudson's Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country
  • 1802-09-04 Marcus Whitman, missionary, led to US securing Oregon
  • 1820-07-02 George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (d. 1878)
  • 1823-09-16 Francis Parkman, American historian/author (Oregon Trail)
  • 1875-04-27 Lumsden Hare, Ireland, actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox, Young Bess)

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1901-02-28 Linus Pauling, Portland, Oregon, American chemist/peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962)

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 1906-01-23 Bob Steele, Pendleton Oregon, actor (Duffy-F Troop, Big Sleep)

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1910-11-11 Raemer Schreiber, American physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, born in McMinnville, Oregon (d. 1998)

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1913-03-22 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (d. 1983)
  • 1917-04-28 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • 1917-05-14 Lou Harrison, Portland, Oregon, American composer (Rapunzel)
  • 1918-03-04 Margaret Osborne DuPont, Joseph Oregon, tennis pro (US Open 1948-50), (d. 2012)
  • 1919-03-28 Jacob Avshalomov, Tsingtao China, composer (Sinfonietta, The Oregon)
  • 1920-07-19 Robert Mann, Portland Oregon, composer/violinist (String Quartet 1952)
  • 1922-07-12 Mark O Hatfield, (Sen-R Oregon, 1967- )
  • 1922-11-01 Jeff Richards, Portland Oregon, actor (Don't Go Near the Water)
  • 1927-07-07 Doc Severinson, [Carl], Arlington Oregon, bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show
  • 1927-08-03 Gordon Scott, Portland Oregon, actor (Tarzan & the Trappers)
  • 1928-04-01 Jane Powell, Portland Oregon, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • 1929-11-02 Rachel Ames, Portland Oregon, actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital)
  • 1933-01-18 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)
  • 1936-10-13 Elizabeth Furse, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • 1939-02-02 Dale T. Mortensen, Enterprise, Oregon, economist (Nobel, 2010), (d. 2014)
  • 1939-09-07 Stanley David Griggs, Portland Oregon, astronaut (STS 51-D), STS 33)
  • 1940-03-01 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • 1940-06-16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • 1941-10-28 Glenn Moore, American jazz musician, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-12-23 Tim Hardin, Eugene, Oregon, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire)
  • 1943-11-21 Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
  • 1944-05-25 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality
  • 1945-08-05 Jo Collins, Oregon, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1964)
  • 1947-03-06 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, Portland Oregon, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968)
  • 1947-05-27 Peter DeFazio, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • 1947-07-28 Sally Struther, Portland Oregon, actress (Gloria-All in the Family)
  • 1948-12-21 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1949-09-16 Susan Ruttan, Oregon City Ore, actress (Roxanne Melman-LA Law)
  • 1949-10-27 Mike Kopetski, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • 1951-01-25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • 1951-06-26 Rindy Ross, Portland Oregon, rock vocalist/saxophonist (Quarterflash)
  • 1951-07-21 Diana Dennis, Portland Oregon, body builder (Women Physique World)
  • 1953-09-01 Chuck Orton, US sysop, (Emerald BBS, Oregon)
  • 1954-03-15 Craig Wasson, Oregon, actor (Body Double, 4 Friends, Men's Club)
  • 1955-04-20 Donald R Pettit, Silverton Oregon, PhD/astronaut
  • 1956-01-27 Fred Quillan, Portland Oregon, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1957-01-10 Greg Walden, U.S. Congressman from Oregon
  • 1958-01-01 Ren Woods, Portland Oregon, actress (Fanta-Roots)
  • 1960-03-15 Donna Smith, Portland Oregon, playmate (March, 1985)
  • 1960-05-06 Julianne Phillips, Lake Oswego Oregon, actress (Frankie Reed-Sisters)
  • 1962-02-27 Kory Tarpenning, Portland Oregon, pole vaulter
  • 1963-07-11 Lisa Rinna, American actress (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1965-01-11 Steve Vancil, Oregon City Ore, golfer (1989 City of Portland)
  • 1965-05-16 Brent Jasmer, Portland Oregon, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1966-07-18 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, Portland Oregon, decathelete (Olympic-gold-96)
  • 1967-04-28 Monique Noel, Salem Oregon, playmate (May, 1989)
  • 1967-05-01 Tawni Cable, Salem Oregon, playmate (June 1989)
  • 1967-11-06 Rebecca Schaeffer, Eugene Oregon, actress (Patti-My Sister Sam)
  • 1967-12-11 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1968-11-14 Kent Bottenfield, Portland Oregon, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-10-30 Brittany Gae Thompson, Portland Oregon, Miss Oregon-America (1991)

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1970-08-23 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

  • 1971-11-10 Heather Williams, Miss USA-Oregon (1997)
  • 1972-02-24 Patricia Regan Leines, Medford Or, Miss America (Oregon-3rd-1997)
  • 1972-10-23 Tiffeny Milbrett, Portland Oregon, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-09-25 Bridgette Wilson, Gold Beach, Oregon, American actress (Mortal Kombat, Billy Madison)
  • 1974-09-10 Jill Chartier, Miss Oregon USA (1996)
  • 1975-10-27 Emily John Orton, Creswell Oregon, Miss America (Oregon-2nd-1996)
  • 1977-05-12 Monique de Bruin, Porland Oregon, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-07-22 Heather Noelle Jones, Miss Oregon Teen USA (1996)
  • 1981-12-19 Stevie Ficker, Miss Oregon Teen USA (1997)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-06-04 TV personality Steve Irwin (30) weds naturalist Terri Raines (27) in Eugene, Oregon

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2005-12-31 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 2013-10-20 Actor Rider Strong (33) weds actress Alexandra Barreto (31) in Oregon

Famous Deaths

  • 1873-10-03 Kintpuash, [Captain Jack], fought Modoc indians, Oregon, dies
  • 1878-07-28 George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (b. 1820)
  • 1945-05-05 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1964-08-28 Lumsden Hare, actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox), dies at 89
  • 1974-07-22 Wayne L Morse, (Sen-D-Oregon), dies at 73
  • 1983-01-08 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1990-05-01 Sunset Carson, cowboy actor (El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 62