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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing trials began on August 7th. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were both found guilty of the bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 600.

2. On August 7, 1876, the United States Congress passed an act that created the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. The territory was established to provide a new home for Native Americans who were forced to leave their ancestral lands as settlers moved westward.

3. August 7, 1999, is known as "Black Saturday" in Oklahoma history. On that day, a tornado outbreak occurred, resulting in the deaths of 12 people and causing more than $1 billion in damages.

4. Oklahoma's first commercial oil well was drilled on August 7, 1897. The discovery of oil led to a boom in the state's economy and made Oklahoma one of the most significant oil-producing states in the country.

5. August 7, 1965, was the day that the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The act was designed to eliminate discriminatory voting practices that prevented African Americans from voting in many states, including Oklahoma.
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