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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In Oregon History

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1. On March 14, 1912, Oregon became the first state in the country to hold a presidential preference primary. The candidate who won the Oregon primary that year, Theodore Roosevelt, went on to win the Republican nomination but lost the general election to Woodrow Wilson.

2. In 1913, on March 14, the Oregon legislature passed a law that made it illegal to employ women for more than 10 hours a day. This was part of a broader movement for women’s labor rights that was gaining steam across the country at the time.

3. On March 14, 1950, the city of Portland was hit by a massive snowstorm that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the city. The storm caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions, and many schools and businesses were closed for the week.

4. On March 14, 1964, the University of Oregon hosted its first track and field meet at the newly-built Hayward Field. Since then, Hayward Field has become one of the most iconic venues in the sport, hosting numerous NCAA and Olympic trials events.

5. On March 14, 2016, the city of Salem hosted a “Run for the Shamrock” race as part of its St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The event featured a 5K run/walk and a kids’ fun run, and participants were encouraged to wear green and festive costumes.
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