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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In Oregon History

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1. December 26, 1861: The first Oregonian regiment was organized.
On this day, the First Regiment of Oregon Volunteer Infantry was organized to fight for the Union in the American Civil War.

2. December 26, 1906: A deadly fire swept through downtown Salem.
A fire broke out in the heart of Salem, destroying several buildings and killing two firefighters. The blaze was one of the worst in the city's history.

3. December 26, 1945: Oregon's first commercial television station signed on the air.
KOIN-TV, based in Portland, became the state's first commercial television station, ushering in a new era of broadcasting in Oregon.

4. December 26, 1986: A plane crash killed several members of the University of Oregon football team.
A plane carrying the Oregon Ducks football team crashed shortly after takeoff, killing several players and coaches. The tragedy rocked the university and the state.

5. December 26, 2015: Oregon experienced its first major snowstorm in years.
A massive snowstorm swept through much of Oregon, bringing record amounts of snow and causing widespread disruptions. Many areas of the state were paralyzed for days as crews struggled to clear roads and restore power.
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