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5 Fun Facts About December 5 In Oklahoma History

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1. On December 5, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the United States. The state was formed from Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory, which had been established in 1834 and 1890, respectively.

2. In 1927, on December 5, an F4 tornado ripped through the town of Sayre, Oklahoma, killing 16 people and destroying much of the town. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that swept through the southern Plains that day.

3. December 5, 1969, saw the premiere of the first episode of "Hee Haw," a popular variety show that featured country music performances, comedy sketches, and corny jokes. The show was filmed in Nashville but had roots in Oklahoma, as its creators had previously worked on the "Milton Berle Show" in Tulsa.

4. On December 5, 1983, Oklahoma City's newly built Myriad Convention Center hosted its first event, a concert by country music star Kenny Rogers. The Myriad Center, now known as the Cox Convention Center, has since hosted many major events, including political conventions, NBA games, and concerts by top musical acts.

5. In 2013, on December 5, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford officially retired from the NFL. Bradford had been drafted first overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2010 and had a solid career, but injuries derailed his success, and he ultimately decided to walk away from the game. Bradford had starred for the University of Oklahoma, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2008.
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