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5 Fun Facts About April 7 In Oregon History

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1. The Oregon Territory was established on April 7, 1846, when the United States Congress passed a bill that created the Oregon Territory out of the land that was acquired from the British in 1846.

2. On April 7, 1894, the popular Democratic leader Joseph Simon was shot and killed during a street parade in Portland. The murder led to a “reverse Prohibition wave” which called for the repeal of the dry laws and saw alcohol consumption rise in Oregon.

3. On April 7, 1986, the shooting of three Oregon State Troopers in Central Point, Oregon, resulted in the capture of survivalist and fugitive James Roscoe Cragun. The incident highlighted the dangers of the unwarranted use of weapons and federal authority by extremist groups.

4. On April 7, 1996, the Dalles Dam in Oregon marked its 50th anniversary, drawing attention to the long and often controversial history of the dam and the impact it had on the local economy and environment.

5. April 7, 2015, marked the date of Oregon's landmark Right to Die law which gave terminally ill patients the right to choose with doctors and caregivers whether to end their lives. The state was the fifth in the United States to pass such legislation, and the law continues to be a topic of debate and discussion.
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