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5 Fun Facts About December 10 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma became the 46th state in the United States on December 10, 1907. The state was previously known as Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory, and its admission was seen as a major political victory for President Theodore Roosevelt, who had campaigned for statehood.

2. On December 10, 1948, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher became the first African American student admitted to the University of Oklahoma College of Law. After being denied entry based on her race, Fisher sued the university and won a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court, paving the way for desegregation in higher education.

3. The deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history occurred on December 10, 1927. The twister, which struck in the town of Richburg, killed 72 people and injured more than 100. It remains among the top ten deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.

4. On December 10, 1957, Paul Tibbets, the pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II, was appointed commander of the 308th Bombardment Wing at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Tibbets remained in the Air Force until his retirement in 1966.

5. The Oklahoma Geological Survey was established on December 10, 1908, one year after statehood. The survey is responsible for studying the state's geology and mineral resources, as well as monitoring and assessing earthquake activity in Oklahoma.
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