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5 Fun Facts About December 19 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1933, the Oklahoma City Council approved the construction of the Will Rogers Municipal Airport, named in honor of the famous Oklahoma-born comedian and actor Will Rogers.

2. On December 19th, 1997, a major ice storm hit Oklahoma, resulting in widespread power outages and damage to trees and buildings. The storm caused over $500 million in damages and disrupted daily life for many Oklahomans.

3. In 2013, the state of Oklahoma executed its first inmate using a new lethal injection protocol. The execution of convicted murderer Johnny Dale Black was controversial, as some argued that the new protocol could lead to cruel and unusual punishment.

4. On December 19th, 1907, Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state in the United States. The state's diverse geography includes rolling hills, plains, and forests, as well as unique geological formations like the Wichita Mountains.

5. In 1967, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team played their first game as the Seattle SuperSonics. The team would go on to win the NBA championship in 1979, before relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008.
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