1. In 1854, the first steamboat, the Otter, arrived in Astoria, Oregon, marking the beginning of a new era of transportation and commerce in the Pacific Northwest.
2. On October 16, 1905, a group of labor activists known as the Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies," organized a mass protest in Portland's waterfront district, demanding better working conditions and wages for industrial workers.
3. In 1926, construction began on the Columbia River Highway, a scenic roadway that would stretch from Troutdale to The Dalles and become one of Oregon's most iconic landmarks.
4. On October 16, 1962, Hurricane Freda made landfall on the Oregon coast, causing widespread damage and claiming four lives. It remains one of the strongest storms to ever hit the state.
5. Oregon's only Medal of Honor recipient, Donald E. Rudolph, was born on October 16, 1923. Rudolph was awarded the Medal for his courageous actions during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
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