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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Oregon History

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1. In 1925, the first radio broadcasting station in Oregon – KGW – began operations in Portland. The station was owned by the Oregonian newspaper and broadcasted news, sports, and music.

2. In 1962, the Portland Uprising took place, when African American students protested against discriminatory hiring practices in the Portland Public School District. The protests, which lasted for several days, were marked by clashes with police and arrests.

3. The Oregon State Penitentiary riot occurred on February 7, 1980. The riot lasted for three days and resulted in the death of two inmates and the injury of several others. The riot was sparked by poor living conditions and overcrowding in the prison.

4. On February 7, 1991, Mount Hood erupted for the first time in over 100 years. The eruption was short-lived, but it sent ash and steam over 10,000 feet into the air and resulted in the closure of the mountain for several months.

5. In 2015, the city of Bend, Oregon was named the best small city in America by NerdWallet, a personal finance website. The ranking was based on factors like affordability, job prospects, and quality of life.
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