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5 Fun Facts About March 31 In Oregon History

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1. In 1858, Oregon became the first state to recognize Easter Sunday as a legal holiday. It was established as a day of rest and religious observance for Christians.

2. On March 31, 1880, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill that created the State Normal School in Monmouth. The school was established to train teachers and was later renamed Western Oregon University.

3. In 1915, the first Pacific International Livestock Exposition was held in Portland. The event was a huge success and attracted thousands of visitors from around the world.

4. On March 31, 1932, the Oregon State Capitol building was completed. It was built during the Great Depression with funds from the Public Works Administration and is now a National Historic Landmark.

5. In 1968, the first official Oregon Shakespeare Festival was held in Ashland. The festival has become a renowned cultural event and attracts visitors from all over the world.
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