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Oregon History: Chronology - 1952 to Present



1952 Constitution amended to provide for equal representation in state legislature
1954 Congress terminates Western Oregon Indian tribes
1956 Congress authorizes Interstate freeway system
Congress terminates Klamath Indian Tribe
1960 Census enumerates 1,768,687 residents
Congress passes Multiple Use-Sustained Yield Act passes for management of national forests
First woman Oregon U.S. Senator, Maurine Neuberger, elected
1962 Columbus Day Storm causes major damage in Western Oregon
1964 Death penalty abolished
1966 Workmen complete Astoria-Megler Bridge spanning Columbia estuary
Interstate-Five affords non-stop driving through Oregon
1969 Department of Environmental Quality created
Federal District Court in Sohappy v. Smith affirms Indian treaty fishing rights in Columbia River
1970 Census enumerates 2,091,000 residents
1971 Bottle Bill approved
Congress confirms Burns Paiute Reservation
1973 Land Conservation Development Commission created
Public Meetings Law approved
Public Records Law approved
Tillamook State Forest created
Congress approves Endangered Species Act
1974 Congress creates John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Oregon Health Sciences University forms out of mergers
Governor Tom McCall sets odd/even gasoline refueling days
1975 Congress creates Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
First woman, Norma Paulus, elected secretary of state
1977 Aerosol sprays banned by law
Congress restores Confederated Tribes of Siletz
First woman, Betty Roberts, appointed to Oregon Court of Appeals
1978 Death penalty reinstated
1979 Federal District Court in Kimball v. Callahan affirms Klamath Indian hunting and fishing rights within former reservation
1980 Census enumerates 2,633,000 residents
Congress creates new Siletz Reservation
Mt. St. Helens eruption disrupts ship traffic on Columbia River
1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh establishes Rajneeshpuram
1982 Congress restores Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
First woman, Betty Roberts, appointed justice of Oregon Supreme Court
1983 Congress restores Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indian Community
1984 Congress restores Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians
First Oregon lottery ratified by voters
1985 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh deported and fined $400,000
First woman, Vera Katz, selected speaker of Oregon House
1986 Congress restores Klamath Tribe
Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) begins light-rail service in Portland
1988 Congress creates new Grand Ronde Reservation
Congress approves Civil Liberties Act paying $20,000 to each surviving interned Japanese-American
1989 Congress restores Coquille Indian Tribe
First Sports Action Lottery in U.S. sells tickets
1990 Census enumerates 2,842,000 residents
Ballot Measure 5 limits property taxes to support schools and government
U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife lists Northern Spotted Owl
1991 First woman, Barbara Roberts, elected governor
1992 First African-American, James A. Hill, Jr., elected to state office
First gaming compact signed with Cow Creek and of Umpqua Tribe of Indians for casino
1993 First statewide vote-by-mail election held in U. S.
1994 First Death With Dignity Act approved permitting doctor-assisted suicide
1996 First vote-by-mail election for federal office held
1998 1998—Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) extends light-rail service 18 miles west from Portland
1999 U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife lists several salmon species from Columbia and Willamette Rivers
2000 Census enumerates 3,421,399 residents
2001 Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) extends light-rail service to Portland Airport
2002 First Hispanic woman, Susan Castillo, elected to statewide office
  Near record forest fire season leaves 1,000,000 acres burned
2003 Oregon begins 10-year plan to fix deteriorating bridges
2004 Measure 37 casts doubt on the future of Oregon land use laws
  Trojan, Oregon’s only nuclear power plant decommissioned
  L.L. Stub Stewart State Park opens, Oregon’s first new state park campground in more than 30 years
2005 Oregon State Quarter released with design featuring Crater Lake
2006 Trojan, Oregon’s decommissioned nuclear power plant imploded
2007 Sandy River’s Marmot Dam, built in 1912, removed
  Oregon’s constitution 150 years old
2008 New Carissa, freighter that ran aground on Coos Bay beach in 1999, dismantled and removed
2009 Oregon unemployment rate tops 12% amid recession
  Oregon celebrates its sesquicentennial on February 14, 2009
  Portland Timbers became Major League Soccer's eighteenth team on March 20, 2009
2010 Governor’s panel predicts 10 years of state budget deficits
2012 Oregon legislature began annual sessions, with the even-numbered years having a month-long session in February