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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Oklahoma History

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1. On April 10, 1790, French explorer Jean Pierre Chouteau established the first European trading post in what is now Oklahoma, near present-day Salina. This post was part of the larger network of fur trading posts established by the Chouteau family throughout the Midwest.
2. April 10, 1879, saw the founding of the Oklahoma Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the state. The society runs several museums and historic sites, including the Oklahoma History Center.
3. In 1935, legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote his famous song "Pastures of Plenty" while living in Pampa, Texas. The song was inspired by Guthrie's experiences as a migrant worker in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era.
4. April 10, 1972, marked the opening of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The university was founded by televangelist Oral Roberts and has grown to become a prominent Christian university with over 4,000 students.
5. On April 10, 2001, a powerful tornado struck the city of Muskogee, Oklahoma, causing extensive damage and injuring several people. The tornado was part of a larger storm system that produced numerous tornadoes across the region over several days.
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