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5 Fun Facts About November 2 In Oregon History

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1. On November 2, 1889, Oregon became the first state to institute a statewide prohibition on alcohol sales. It was one of the first states to make such a move, and it would be years before others followed this example.

2. The Oregon Ducks football team played their first game on November 2, 1894 against Albany College. Though they lost that first game, the team quickly became a powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest and would go on to win two national championships and numerous conference titles over the next century.

3. On November 2, 1913, the city of Corvallis experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of the downtown area. Though the cause of the fire remains unknown, it caused over $1 million in damages and left many residents without homes or businesses.

4. Oregon State University was founded on November 2, 1868 as the Corvallis College. It began as a small agricultural school and has since grown into a major research university with a reputation for excellence in many fields.

5. November 2, 1976 was a significant day for the state of Oregon as it marked the election of the first female governor in the country's history. The late Governor Barbara Roberts was a Democrat who served as Oregon's Governor from 1991 to 1995, and her election was seen as a major breakthrough for women in politics.
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