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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In Oregon History

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1. On June 10, 1938, the Tillamook Burn, a series of devastating forest fires that ravaged the coast range of western Oregon, reached its peak with the ignition of four major fires that merged into a single giant blaze. The fires burned more than 350,000 acres of timberland and destroyed 13 towns and 393 homes.

2. In 1982, Oregon became the first U.S. state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation by passing the Oregon Equality Act, a historic piece of legislation that protected the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals.

3. On June 10, 2002, the Oregon Ducks baseball team made history by winning their first-ever NCAA Division I championship in baseball. The team defeated the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in the championship game, with a final score of 5-3.

4. On this day in 1851, the first land grant was issued in the Oregon Territory by President Millard Fillmore, which awarded 52,500 acres to the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal for the establishment of a school for Native American girls.

5. In 1971, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival first opened its doors in Ashland, Oregon, with a production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Today, the festival is one of the largest regional theaters in the United States and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.
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