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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. On April 8, 1861, the Creek Council met in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to vote on whether to join the Confederacy or remain neutral in the Civil War. They ultimately decided to remain neutral.

2. In 1929, Oklahoma City hosted its first air race, the National Air Races. The event attracted thousands of spectators and showcased aviation advancements.

3. April 8, 1935 marks the day when the Dust Bowl began in Oklahoma. A severe drought combined with poor land management practices led to massive dust storms that devastated the state's agricultural industry.

4. On April 8, 1951, Oklahoma State University's famed wrestler, Henry Iba, became the first coach ever to win two consecutive NCAA basketball championships. His team defeated the University of Illinois 61-57.

5. In 2005, the Oklahoma Legislature established a state holiday on April 8th in honor of the late Will Rogers, a beloved actor and humorist who was born in the territorial town of Oologah in 1879. The holiday recognizes Rogers' contributions to Oklahoma and the entertainment industry.
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