1. On March 30, 1867, the first edition of the Oregon Sentinel was published in Jacksonville, Oregon. It was the first newspaper to be published in Southern Oregon and remained in circulation until 1870.
2. In 1887, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill to establish the Oregon State Reform School in Salem. The school, which later became the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, was created to house troubled and delinquent boys.
3. On March 30, 1935, Oregon officially became the first state to construct and dedicate a state-owned and operated airport, the Portland International Airport. The airport has since grown to become the largest airport in Oregon and one of the busiest in the Pacific Northwest.
4. In 1973, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved a plan to establish a new university in Portland. That university would eventually become Portland State University, which now enrolls over 26,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the state.
5. On March 30, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state in the United States to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The law went into effect on July 1, 2015, making Oregon one of the first states to allow the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana for non-medical purposes.
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