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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1939, Oklahoma State University All-American football player Bob Fenimore was born. Fenimore led the Oklahoma A&M (now OSU) football team to two consecutive Sugar Bowl victories in 1945 and 1946.

2. On February 28, 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Boynton v. Virginia that segregation in interstate bus and train stations was unconstitutional. This ruling helped to spark the civil rights movement across the country.

3. In 1983, Oklahoma City Zoo's first baby elephant was born. Named Sondra, she became a beloved resident of the zoo and helped to raise awareness about the plight of endangered elephants around the world.

4. On this day in 1993, a massive fire broke out at the Waco siege, a 51-day standoff between federal agents and members of the Branch Davidian cult in Texas. The Oklahoma City Fire Department was one of several agencies that sent firefighters and equipment to help with the blaze.

5. Finally, February 28, 2017 was a historic day for Oklahoma's criminal justice system, as Governor Mary Fallin signed a series of bills aimed at reducing overcrowding in the state's prisons and improving the outcomes for nonviolent offenders. These reforms were seen as a major step forward for the state, which has struggled with one of the highest incarceration rates in the country.
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