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5 Fun Facts About January 9 In Oregon History

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1. The Oregon State University was established on January 9, 1868, under the name Corvallis College. It was initially a small agricultural college and has since grown to be one of the largest universities in the state.

2. On January 9, 1935, the first official Rose Bowl game outside of Pasadena was played in Portland, Oregon. The University of Southern California defeated the University of Pittsburgh 35-0 in front of a crowd of over 30,000 spectators.

3. Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts was sworn into office on January 9, 1991, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the state's history. She served two terms as governor until 1995 and was known for her work on education and environmental issues.

4. The Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, which provides hydroelectric power and flood control to the region, was dedicated on January 9, 1937. The project was one of several major infrastructure projects undertaken by the federal government during the Great Depression.

5. On January 9, 2002, the Portland Trail Blazers set an NBA record for fewest points scored in a game during the shot clock era, losing to the Miami Heat 65-38. The Trail Blazers managed to score only 4 points in the second quarter and 12 points in the second half.
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