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The Unlikely Bond Between An Oregon Town And The Man Who Bombed It

In 1962 the junior chamber of commerce in Brookings invited a Japanese fighter pilot to be an honored guest in the town's Azalea Festival. The pilot had tried to destroy the town 20 years earlier. 

Nov. 17, 1977: Champion Logger Dies

Leonard Wallulis dazzled thousands with his ability to chop wood, split cigarettes and shave facial hair all at the hands of an axe.

Oct. 22, 1834: Abigail Scott Duniway Born

Abigail Scott Duniway is known as the Mother of Oregon Woman’s Suffrage, spending forty years fighting for women’s right to vote.

Oct. 2, 2001: First Genetically Modified Monkey Born

ANDi’s birth paved the way for a new generation of monkeys that are helping us better understand Huntington’s Disease.

Sept. 25, 1903: Artist Mark Rothko Born

Mark Rothko’s family were among the many Jewish immigrants that settled in Oregon. His story is included in Oregon Experience’s "The Jewish Frontier."

Sept. 1916: Jackson Sundown's Historic Ride

At 53 years old, Jackson Sundown was named the World Champion Bronc Rider. The oldest person to ever win a rodeo world championship title. 

Sept. 1, 1887: A Massacre Of Chinese Miners

In 1887, an Oregon jury acquitted three men in the mass murder of Chinese miners on Hells Canyon. Despite a confession, no one was ever held accountable.

About Oregon History

Learn about Oregon's dramatic history, and its colorful figures, through a series of short videos and dynamic photos.