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5 Fun Facts About July 10 In Oregon History

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1. On July 10, 1905, the first official automobile race was held in Oregon. The race was organized by the Multnomah Athletic Club and took place at the Portland Meadows racetrack. It was a 10-mile race and was won by driver Fred L. Derr in his Winton car.

2. In 1925, on July 10th, a fire broke out in the timber town of Cloverdale, Oregon. The fire quickly spread, destroying over 150 homes and buildings before being contained. The Cloverdale fire is remembered as one of the worst disasters in Oregon history.

3. The legendary Oregon Ducks football coach, Rich Brooks, was born on July 10, 1941, in Forest Grove, Oregon. Brooks is credited with turning the Oregon football program around in the 1990s, leading the Ducks to two Pac-10 championships and six bowl games.

4. July 10, 1987, was a historic day in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in Oregon. On that day, Governor Neil Goldschmidt signed legislation that prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

5. On July 10, 2009, a chemical explosion occurred at the ConAgra Foods plant in Boardman, Oregon. The explosion killed three workers and injured several others. The cause of the explosion was determined to be a malfunctioning valve on a high-pressure steam system. The incident led to increased scrutiny of workplace safety regulations in Oregon.
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