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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In Oregon History

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1. In 1859, Oregon officially became a state on March 11th. At the time, it was the 33rd state to join the Union.

2. On March 11, 1941, the first-ever electric guitar was patented in the United States by Paul Bigsby of Oregon. His design included a solid body, adjustable bridge, and tuning pegs on the headstock, and laid the foundation for the iconic guitars we know and love today.

3. On March 11, 2004, the Oregon Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The court declared that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional, paving the way for Oregon to become one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage.

4. Oregon's Mount Hood, the highest peak in the state, was officially designated as a dormant volcano on March 11, 1980. The decision was made by the U.S. Geological Survey after careful analysis of the mountain's geological history.

5. March 11, 1942 marked the beginning of a dark chapter in Oregon's history when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, leading to the forced relocation and internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans across the West Coast. Thousands of Japanese Americans from Oregon were sent to internment camps, their homes and businesses were confiscated, and their lives were forever altered.
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