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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In Oregon History

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1. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859, but it wasn't until February 15 that the first elected governor, John Whiteaker, was inaugurated.

2. On February 15, 1945, the Yalta Conference took place in Crimea, Soviet Union. Although not directly related to Oregon, the outcome of the conference had significant implications for the post-World War II world and the Cold War, which would greatly impact Oregon's economy and national security for decades to come.

3. February 15, 1967, marked the opening of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Since then, the festival has become a major cultural and economic hub for the city and region.

4. On February 15, 1983, the Portland Trail Blazers set an NBA record by scoring 10 points in the final 35 seconds of a game to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. The game, which became known as the "Valentine's Day Massacre," remains one of the most memorable moments in Blazers history.

5. February 15, 2011, was a historic day for LGBT rights in Oregon when Governor John Kitzhaber signed a bill granting domestic partners all the same rights and benefits as married couples. It was a landmark step towards marriage equality, which Oregon would eventually achieve in 2014.
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