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Benton County Historical Timeline: 1980s


Benton County Historical Museum opens in the old Philomath College building.



Hewlett-Packard invents inkjet printer.

Hewlett-Packard Thinkjet personal printer. The Thinkjet (thermal inkjet) was introduced in 1984 and was the first mass-marketed personal inkjet printer.    


Corvallis population: 40,960; Benton County: 68,211.



Led by quarterback Ed Singler, OSU rallies from a 28-point deficit late in the third quarter against Fresno State to win 31-28 in the biggest comeback in NCAA Div. 1 football history up to that time. It will be OSU's only win of the season.



Oregon State University scientist Warren Kronstad and his research team introduce Stephens Wheat, the major variety now grown in the Pacific Northwest.



Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center, the largest private-gift project ever financed at an Oregon public college or university, is completed.



Oregon State University alumnus and Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.



Oregon State University alumnus Milton Harris establishes the university's first endowed chair, in polymer chemistry.



Oregon State University President Robert MacVicar retires, then serves as president emeritus until 1998.

John Vincent Byrne is selected as OSU's 12th president. He had previously served for three years as the chief administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



Given absolutely no chance to win by West Coast sportswriters, OSU shocks the University of Washington 21-20 in a game in which the Beavers were 36-point underdogs. At this time, this was the biggest upset in college football history.



Corvallis da Vinci Days is founded. Visit their web site >>>



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Philomath, Oregon
The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
  2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.