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5 Fun Facts About December 13 In Oregon History

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1. On December 13, 1947, the Oregon State Beavers won their first Rose Bowl game in history by defeating the University of Southern California Trojans 20-16. This victory was an important moment for the Beavers, cementing their place in collegiate football history and establishing a legacy of excellence that continues to this day.

2. On December 13, 1998, the Oregon State Capitol in Salem was badly damaged after a truck driver lost control and crashed into the building's west stairs. Miraculously, no one was injured in the accident, but it caused significant structural damage to the historic building. The incident sparked a debate about the need for stronger safety measures at significant public landmarks.

3. December 13, 2019, saw the opening of the new Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village. This expansion added three new buildings to the iconic Japanese Garden, including a Gallery building, a Learning Center, and a Gift Shop. This addition has allowed the Garden to offer visitors a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and traditions.

4. In 1907, on December 13, the nationally renowned Pendleton Round-Up rodeo was established in Pendleton, Oregon. The Round-Up is one of the most prestigious rodeos in the United States and has become an important cultural event in Oregon, attracting spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest.

5. On December 13, 1850, the city of Eugene was officially established by the Oregon State Legislature. Named after Eugene Skinner, a local pioneer and businessman, the city has grown into a vibrant cultural and economic center for the Pacific Northwest, home to the University of Oregon and a thriving arts community.
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