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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Oregon History

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1. In 1861, Oregon Governor John Whiteaker signed a bill creating the Oregon State Agricultural Society, which later became the Oregon State Fair. The first fair was held in 1862 in Salem.

2. On January 29, 1914, the Oregon State Legislature passed the nation's first minimum wage law, requiring employers to pay female workers at least $8 per week.

3. In 1929, the Columbia River Highway was officially opened in Oregon, connecting Troutdale to The Dalles and providing motorists with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge.

4. On January 29, 1964, the controversial Oregon Beach Bill was signed into law, designating all Oregon beaches as public property and ensuring public access to the coast.

5. In 2016, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass a law allowing public schools to have "sunscreen stations" where students can apply sunscreen without a doctor's note. The law was aimed at reducing skin cancer rates among children.
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