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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Oregon History

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1. On January 30, 1847, the Whitman Massacre occurred in what is now the state of Washington. The massacre was carried out by members of the Cayuse tribe, who were angry at the spread of disease among their people that they believed was caused by the missionary Marcus Whitman.

2. In 1933, Governor Julius Meier signed the first minimum wage law in the United States, setting a minimum wage of $0.25 per hour in Oregon. The law served as a model for other states and eventually led to the national minimum wage law in 1938.

3. January 30, 1957, saw the inauguration of Oregon's first female governor, Barbara Roberts. She served two terms as governor from 1991-1995 and was a champion of women's rights and environmental protections.

4. On January 30, 1981, the Oregon Historical Society unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to the state's rich history. The exhibit included artifacts ranging from Native American tools and clothing to items used by pioneers and settlers.

5. January 30, 2002, marked the official opening of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The center is a major meeting and conference venue in the Pacific Northwest and has hosted events such as the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships and the National Science Teachers Association conference.
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