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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Oregon History

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1. In 1902, the first meeting of the Oregon State Board of Health was held on October 6. This marked the beginning of Oregon's efforts to improve public health standards and reduce instances of communicable diseases.
2. On October 6, 1928, the Roseburg Blast occurred when a truck carrying dynamite detonated in downtown Roseburg, killing fourteen people and injuring over a hundred. The cause of the explosion remains unknown to this day.
3. In 1967, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Elizabethan Theater was destroyed by a fire on October 6. The theater was eventually rebuilt and remains a popular attraction in Ashland, Oregon to this day.
4. On October 6, 1990, the Oregon Ducks football team played against the USC Trojans in a historic game known as "The Pick". With only 18 seconds left in the game, Oregon's defense intercepted a USC pass and returned it for a touchdown, winning the game 31-24 and sparking celebrations throughout the state.
5. In 2015, a mass shooting occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on October 6, resulting in ten deaths and nine injuries. The tragedy sparked renewed calls for gun control measures and ignited a national conversation about mental health and public safety.
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