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5 Fun Facts About August 5 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the United States. August 5, 1907 marked the date that President Theodore Roosevelt officially signed the proclamation admitting Oklahoma to the Union.

2. On August 5, 1966, the infamous "Murrah Building" in Oklahoma City was completed. The building, named after former federal judge Alfred P. Murrah, would later become the target of a domestic terrorist attack on April 19, 1995.

3. Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hotel, which was built in 1910, re-opened its doors after a restoration and renovation project on August 5, 2007. The hotel is known for its luxurious accommodations and its haunted reputation.

4. In 1989, famed jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker was posthumously awarded the key to the city of Oklahoma City on August 5. Parker, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, spent part of his early career playing in various clubs throughout Oklahoma.

5. August 5, 1949 marks the birthdate of former Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Fallin served as the state's 27th governor from 2011 to 2019, and prior to that, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.
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