1. In 1846, the Oregon Treaty was signed in Washington D.C., officially ending the dispute between the United States and Great Britain over ownership and territorial rights in the Oregon Country. The treaty established the 49th parallel as the boundary between the two nations.
2. In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. The statehood bill had been hotly contested due to disagreements over slavery, but ultimately Oregon was admitted as a free state.
3. In 1887, William Beatty, the first African American to serve in the Oregon State Legislature, was born in Portland. Beatty was elected to the House of Representatives in 1938 and served one term.
4. In 1962, the Portland Trail Blazers played their first game as a franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Blazers lost to the Cincinnati Royals, but would go on to win the NBA championship in 1977.
5. In 2016, Ammon Bundy and several others were acquitted of federal conspiracy charges related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. The occupation began in January 2016 and lasted for 41 days, ending with the arrest of the remaining occupiers.
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