Physician, researcher, and writer Alan Hart, one of the first female-to-male transsexuals to undergo a hysterectomy in the United States and live the reminder of his life as a man, dies in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1962. Hart spent some is his childhood in Albany, Oregon, and attended Albant College.
George Flavel—sea captain, businessman, and one of the richest men in Oregon—died at his Astoria home on July 3, 1893, after a long illness. His funeral procession was one of the largest ever reported in Astoria.
Trumpeter Carl H. "Doc" Severinsen, longtime music director for Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show and the designer and manufacturer of instruments, is born on July 7, 1927, in Arlington on the Columbia River.
In 1925, a mob forced a Japanese labor crew to leave Toledo, a community of about 2,500 people on the central Oregon coast. The incident led to a wrongful act lawsuit that for the first time found leaders of a mob guilty of civil rights violations. When the new workers arrived by train on July 10, 1925, mill supervisors assured them that they were welcome in Toledo. Two days later, a local mob of about fifty men, urged on by two hundred vocal women and children, forced twenty-seven Japanese (two with families), four Filipinos, and one Korean onto trucks and cars and drove them fifty miles to the train depot in Corvallis. The event became known as the Toledo Incident.
On July 13, 2002, a series of electrical storms passed over southwestern Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains. That afternoon's barrage of lightning strikes ignited five separate fires inside the vast Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Burning for well over four months in remote and rugged terrain, by early August the fires had grown together into a single conflagration. The U.S. Forest Service dubbed it the Biscuit Fire.
|Julius Meier, Oregon’s governor during the darkest years of the Great Depression, died of a heart attack on July 14, 1937.
On July 17, 1926, Claude C. Jensen and John G. von Herberg, owners of over thirty silent movie theaters from Los Angeles to Seattle, opened the 1,500-seat Hollywood Theatre with great fanfare. Rose City Park residents in northeast Portland were so impressed with the building's beauty that they renamed their neighborhood the Hollywood District.
A century after being hunted to extinction on the Oregon Coast, the first release of twenty-nine sea otters arrived at Cape Blanco Coast Guard airstrip on July 18, 1970. They were transferred to a temporary floating sea cage at Port Orford for observation and towed to Orford Reef kelp beds for release.
In 1850, Anson Dart (1797-1879), of Wisconsin, was appointed as the first superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory. He received his orders on July 20, 1850, and arrived in Oregon in October with his secretary, P. C. Dart. His mission was to negotiate treaties between the federal government and tribal nations.
On July 21, 1905, Daniel Norman Williams was the sixty-sixth and last man publicly hanged in Oregon. In May 1904, in State of Oregon v. Norman Williams, an Oregon jury made legal history by convicting a man of murder without having a body as evidence. In a legal system based on precedent, the case continues to be cited in murder cases today.
Wayne Morse, U.S. senator from Oregon from 1945 to1969, cast one of the two votes against the 1964 Tonkin Gulf resolution, which gave congressional approval to America's enlarged military involvement in Vietnam. He died suddenly on July 22, 1974, in the midst of a vigorous campaign to reclaim his seat from Senator Robert Packwood.
National Lampoon's Animal House, filmed in Eugene, premiered in New York City on July 24, 1978. In August, the movie had its Oregon premiere in Portland, with many of the extras from Eugene and Cottage Grove in attendance.
By the late 1880s, Albina, located across the Willamette River from Portland, was the fastest growing city in Oregon. In July 1891, the city was annexed by the City of Portland, which at the time existed only on the west side of the river.
On July 28, 2000, snowboarder Chris Klug received a transplanted liver and four months later was back on the World Cup circuit. Within six months, he had won the FIS World Cup in Parallel Giant Slalom. The next year, he competed in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, where he fulfilled a life-long dream and won the bronze medal. He was the first organ transplant recipient in history to win an Olympic medal.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation honors Theodore “Ted” Stern, a leading authority on the linguistics and anthropology of the Klamath and Nez Perce people of the eastern Oregon plateau, as “Dr. Theodore Stern Day.”
|Construction of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Columbia County, Oregon’s only nuclear-generating plant, about twelve miles north of St. Helens, begins on July 30, 1968.|