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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. Dawes Commission Established (1893)
On August 8, 1893, the Dawes Commission was established by President Grover Cleveland to negotiate with Native American tribes in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) for the allotment of their lands. The commission was named after its chairman, Henry L. Dawes of Massachusetts, and played a significant role in the eventual creation of Oklahoma as a state.

2. Oklahoma Statehood (1907)
On August 8, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the United States of America. It was created by the merger of Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory, both of which had been administered by the federal government as separate territories since the late 1800s.

3. Wiley Post's Around-the-World Flight (1933)
On August 8, 1933, aviator Wiley Post completed his solo flight around the world, becoming the first person to do so in a single-engine aircraft. Post, who was born in Texas but grew up in Oklahoma, flew a Lockheed Vega aircraft named the "Winnie Mae" and completed the journey in just over seven days.

4. Oklahoma City Bombing Trial Begins (1997)
On August 8, 1997, the trial of Timothy McVeigh began in Denver, Colorado. McVeigh was accused of carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, which killed 168 people and injured over 800 others. McVeigh was eventually found guilty and sentenced to death; he was executed by lethal injection in 2001.

5. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum Opens (1938)
On August 8, 1938, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened in Claremore, Oklahoma. The museum was created to honor the life and legacy of Oklahoma native and beloved humorist Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. The museum features exhibits on Rogers' life and career, as well as a collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia related to his many accomplishments.
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