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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In Oregon History

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1. In 1850, the Oregon territorial government passed a law banning African Americans from settling in the state. This law was not repealed until 1926.
2. In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in the Union.
3. In 1913, Governor Oswald West signed into law the nation's first direct primary election system, which allowed voters to choose party candidates directly rather than through a convention system.
4. In 1962, Oregon became the first state to hold a statewide bottle deposit program for beer and soda containers.
5. In 1994, a group of environmental activists known as "The Tree-Sitters" began occupying trees in the Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon to protest logging operations. The protest lasted for over a year and gained national attention.
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