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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Oregon History

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1. On January 27, 1943, the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation launched the SS J. Wheeler Haviland, one of over 400 ships built in Oregon during World War II. The Haviland was named after a former mayor of Astoria and was used to transport troops and supplies.

2. In 1966, the Oregon State Basketball team played the UCLA Bruins in a game that would go down in history as "The Game of the Century." Led by legendary coach John Wooden and future NBA superstar Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), UCLA narrowly defeated the Beavers 65-64 in overtime.

3. On January 27, 1986, the Willamette River in Portland experienced its highest recorded flood level, reaching over 31 feet. The flood caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure along the river, and many residents were forced to evacuate their homes.

4. In 1997, the Oregon State Capitol building underwent a major renovation, including the addition of a new wing and restoration of the historic rotunda. The project took over a year to complete and cost over $80 million.

5. On January 27, 2016, the Oregon Department of Transportation officially opened the new Sellwood Bridge in Portland. The bridge replaced an aging and structurally deficient span that had been in use since 1925, and was the largest capital project in the history of Multnomah County.
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