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5 Fun Facts About November 14 In Oregon History

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1. The Oregon Institute was founded on November 14, 1849, in what is now known as Salem, Oregon. The institute was established with the purpose of providing higher education to the residents of Oregon, and it later became Willamette University.

2. On November 14, 1910, the first airplane flight was made in Oregon. The flight was made by William H. Pickens, who flew a Curtiss biplane in a demonstration at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

3. In 1973, on November 14, the OPEC oil embargo came to an end, and gasoline rationing in Oregon was lifted. The embargo had caused a severe shortage of gasoline, which led to long lines at gas stations and rationing of fuel.

4. On November 14, 1986, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the state's law prohibiting sodomy was unconstitutional. The ruling made Oregon one of the first states to decriminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity.

5. On November 14, 1994, the first-ever Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. Although not specifically significant to Oregon, the popular book series has had a significant impact on the state through its numerous film adaptations and theme park attractions.
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