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5 Fun Facts About December 22 In Oklahoma History

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1. On December 22, 1890, the first newspaper was published in Oklahoma Territory. Called "The Guthrie Daily Leader," it soon became known as one of the most influential newspapers in the region.

2. December 22, 1924 marked the opening of the Skelly Building in downtown Tulsa, which at the time was one of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi River. The structure, now known as the BOK Tower, still stands as an icon of Tulsa's skyline.

3. On December 22, 1943, a devastating fire destroyed much of the historic downtown area of McAlester, Oklahoma. The blaze started in a bakery and quickly spread due to strong winds, destroying over 50 buildings and leaving over 100 families homeless.

4. In 1963, December 22 marked the day that the city of Norman, Oklahoma became the first municipality in the state to adopt a sales tax. The move helped to fund infrastructure improvements and other projects throughout the city.

5. On December 22, 1978, future NBA star Blake Griffin was born in Oklahoma City. Griffin would go on to become one of the most dominant players in college basketball at the University of Oklahoma before being drafted first overall in the 2009 NBA draft.
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