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5 Fun Facts About March 9 In Oregon History

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1. On March 9, 1857, the first edition of The Oregon Statesman was published in Salem, Oregon. The newspaper later became the Statesman Journal and is still in circulation today.

2. In 1903, on March 9, Oregon Governor George Earle Chamberlain signed the first-ever workers' compensation law in the United States. The law aimed to protect workers injured on the job by providing financial compensation and medical benefits.

3. March 9, 1936 marked the dedication of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. The iconic lodge was built as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration and is now a National Historic Landmark and popular tourist destination.

4. On March 9, 1948, the Oregon State Board of Education approved a plan to have Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) establish a branch campus in Bend, Oregon. This campus later became known as OSU-Cascades.

5. In 2018, on March 9, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a statewide ban on bump stocks, a device that can be attached to a semi-automatic firearm to increase its firing rate. The ban went into effect immediately.
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