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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Oregon History

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1. In 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra held its first concert at the Egyptian Theatre. The orchestra, now known as the Oregon Symphony, has grown to become one of the state's premier cultural institutions.

2. On February 16, 1970, the Mount Hood Highway was officially designated as part of the National Scenic Byways program. The road, which winds through the Cascade Range and is known for its stunning views, attracts millions of visitors each year.

3. In 1982, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reintroduced river otters to the state. The otters had disappeared from the region due to hunting and habitat loss, but the successful reintroduction program has helped to restore their populations.

4. On February 16, 1995, the Portland Trail Blazers retired the jersey of Hall of Fame player Clyde Drexler. Drexler played for the team from 1983 to 1995 and helped lead them to two NBA Finals appearances.

5. In 2018, Oregon became the first state to pass legislation that automatically registers eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver's license. The system is designed to increase voter participation and make the process of registering to vote easier and more accessible.
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