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5 Fun Facts About August 10 In Oklahoma History

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1. On August 10, 1933, a massive dust storm known as Black Sunday swept through the Oklahoma panhandle, causing extensive damage and forcing many farmers to abandon their land. The storm was part of the larger Dust Bowl phenomenon that plagued the Midwest during the Great Depression.

2. In 1962, Oklahoma City native Ron Howard made his acting debut in the film "The Music Man," which premiered on August 10 of that year. Howard went on to become a successful director, with such films as "Apollo 13" and "A Beautiful Mind" to his credit.

3. August 10, 2015, marked the opening of the Gathering Place, a 66-acre park in Tulsa that has since become a popular destination for residents and visitors alike. The park features playgrounds, trails, gardens, and other attractions, and was named USA Today's "Best New Attraction" in 2018.

4. On August 10, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the Cable Communications Policy Act into law, paving the way for the deregulation of the cable television industry. The law helped to spur the growth of cable TV providers, including many that operate in Oklahoma.

5. In 1890, the town of Cement, Oklahoma, was founded on August 10. Originally developed as a company town for a nearby cement plant, Cement later became known for its oil and gas industry. The town's population has declined in recent decades, but it remains a small but vibrant community in central Oklahoma.
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