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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Oregon History

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1. On March 29, 1847, the first edition of the Oregon Spectator newspaper was published in Oregon City. The Spectator was the first newspaper to be published west of the Rocky Mountains and played a significant role in promoting the Oregon Territory to settlers back east.

2. On March 29, 1851, construction began on the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem. The building was completed in 1938 and is now a National Historic Landmark.

3. On March 29, 1865, the Oregon State Legislature approved a bill banning slavery in the state. Though slavery was already prohibited by the Oregon Constitution, the legislation marked the end of a persistent pro-slavery movement in the state.

4. On March 29, 1900, the first train from Portland arrived in Seaside, Oregon, marking the beginning of the city's tourism industry. Today, Seaside is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the Oregon Coast.

5. On March 29, 1972, the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team won the NCAA championship by defeating the University of North Carolina 78-55. The victory remains the only national championship for the Oregon men's basketball program.
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