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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Oregon History

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1. In 1871, the first train arrived in Eugene, Oregon. The Oregon and California Railroad Company completed the track from Portland to Eugene, making transportation and trade between the two cities much easier.

2. Oregon's first state fair was held on April 27, 1861, in Salem. The event was organized by the Oregon State Agricultural Society and included exhibits of livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

3. On April 27, 1945, the SS Willapa was sunk by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Oregon. The ship was carrying lumber and was the only U.S. merchant vessel sunk off the U.S. West Coast during World War II.

4. In 1967, Oregon became the first state to pass the Bottle Bill, which required a deposit on all beverage containers. This law was passed to reduce litter and encourage recycling.

5. On April 27, 1970, the Oregon Legislature approved a bill to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. This was in response to the growing opposition to the Vietnam War and the belief that citizens who were old enough to be drafted should also have the right to vote.
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