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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907, but it wasn't until February 1, 1908, that the first official governor took office. Charles N. Haskell was the first governor of Oklahoma and he assumed his duties on February 1, 1908.

2. In 1943, on February 1st, a record snowfall of 27 inches fell in the city of Tulsa. The snowstorm was one of the most severe in Oklahoma's history and caused widespread disruption across the city, including the closure of roads and highways.

3. On February 1, 1960, a sit-in protest was held at a segregated restaurant in Oklahoma City. The protest was part of a broader civil rights movement and helped to spark change in the Oklahoma City area.

4. February 1, 1971 marked the opening of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. The center celebrates the history and culture of the American West and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

5. In 1973, on February 1st, Oklahoma became the first state to implement a statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. The new system was designed to improve response times and provide better care to people in emergency situations. Today, Oklahoma's EMS system is recognized as one of the best in the country.
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