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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In Oregon History

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1. In 1945, the Portland Bottling Company introduced a new soft drink called "Rum & Cola" to the Oregon market. This alcoholic beverage was made with rum and cola syrup and was marketed as a "relaxing" drink for adults.

2. On April 18, 1981, the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team won their first-ever National Invitation Tournament championship by defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers 69-67 in New York City. This victory was considered a significant milestone for the Beavers' basketball program and helped raise the team's national profile.

3. In 1933, the Oregon State Legislature passed the Smith-Lever Act, which provided federal funding for agricultural extension programs across the United States. This important legislation helped Oregon's farmers and ranchers increase their agricultural productivity and improve their economic well-being.

4. On April 18, 2008, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This landmark decision made Oregon the fourth state in the country to allow same-sex couples to legally marry and helped pave the way for the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.

5. In 1935, the Oregon State Police was founded as a division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Since its founding, the State Police has played a critical role in enforcing Oregon's laws, protecting public safety, and providing support and assistance during emergencies and natural disasters.
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