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5 Fun Facts About August 2 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1935, Will Rogers, a beloved cowboy, humorist, and actor, died in a plane crash near Barrow, Alaska. Rogers was born in Indian Territory, which later became part of Oklahoma, and became a popular radio and movie star in the 1920s and 1930s.

2. On August 2, 1917, the first oil well was drilled in the town of Beggs, Oklahoma. The discovery of oil would transform Oklahoma's economy and make it one of the most important oil-producing states in the country.

3. In 1870, the town of Guthrie, Oklahoma was founded as a result of a land run. Thousands of settlers rushed into Indian Territory to claim land after it was opened up for settlement by the federal government.

4. On August 2, 1950, the town of Pawnee, Oklahoma was struck by a tornado that killed 10 people and injured over 270. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that hit the central United States.

5. In 1910, the Oklahoma State Fair was held in Oklahoma City for the first time. The fair has since become one of the largest state fairs in the country, attracting millions of visitors every year.
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