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5 Fun Facts About February 25 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1927, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Ralph Stanley was born in a small town in Virginia, but he spent a large portion of his successful career performing in Oklahoma. Stanley became well-known for his unique style of bluegrass music and his haunting a cappella performances of traditional Appalachian ballads.

2. On February 25, 1987, the Oklahoma City Thunder's forward Enes Kanter was born in Switzerland. While he wasn't born in the U.S., Kanter made a significant impact in Oklahoma during his time with the Thunder (2015-2017), helping the team reach the Western Conference Finals in 2016.

3. On this day in 1948, Oklahoma native Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, also known as the microchip. This revolutionary invention laid the foundation for modern computers and technology, making it one of the most significant breakthroughs in human history.

4. In 1935, Oklahoma governor William H. Murray proposed a unique way to raise funds for the state's struggling economy - legalizing gambling. His proposal included creating a lottery and allowing "a dozen gaming establishments" to exist under state regulation. The proposal didn't pass, but it's interesting to note how the state's stance on gambling has evolved since then.

5. On February 25, 1910, a group of suffragettes, led by Kate Barnard, marched up the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building and presented a petition to the governor demanding women's right to vote. It was a momentous occasion that helped pave the way for Oklahoma's eventual passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women nationwide the right to vote.
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