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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Oregon History

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1. The city of Astoria was founded on July 6, 1811, by John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company. Astoria was the first American settlement on the Pacific coast and served as a major trading post for fur trappers and traders.

2. On July 6, 1854, the Umpqua Indian Wars began in southern Oregon. The conflict was sparked by the killing of several Native Americans by white settlers and lasted for more than a year, resulting in hundreds of deaths on both sides.

3. The famous Pendleton Round-Up rodeo held its first event on July 6, 1910. The event quickly became one of the largest and most popular rodeos in the country and is still held each year in Pendleton, Oregon.

4. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese submarine I-25 shelled the Oregon coastline near Brookings. The attack caused some damage but resulted in no casualties. It was the only time during World War II that a foreign enemy fired on the U.S. mainland.

5. Legendary Oregon Ducks football coach, Rich Brooks, was born on July 6, 1941. Brooks coached the Ducks for 18 seasons and led them to six bowl games, including the 1995 Rose Bowl. He later went on to coach in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons.
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