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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1904, Oklahoma Territory Governor G.W. Steele signed legislation designating the mistletoe as the state floral emblem. This was the first official state symbol for Oklahoma, which would go on to adopt many more, including the state bird (Scissor-tailed Flycatcher) and the state tree (Redbud).

2. On February 8, 1923, oil was discovered in the town of Beggs, Oklahoma. The discovery sparked a boom in oil production in the area, leading to a rapid population increase and economic growth. Today, oil is still a vital part of Oklahoma's economy.

3. In 1959, the Oklahoma State Senate voted to pass a bill officially banning rock and roll music on public radio and television stations. The ban was quickly overturned after national outrage, and the incident remains a quirky chapter in Oklahoma's cultural history.

4. On February 8, 1985, Oklahoma City-based telecommunications company Dobson Communications Corporation was founded. The company would go on to become one of the largest independent wireless carriers in the United States, eventually being acquired by industry giant AT&T in 2007.

5. In 2001, Oklahoma's state legislature passed a resolution officially recognizing the Cherokee language as a valuable cultural tradition and encouraging its preservation and study. Today, there are Cherokee language classes offered at several universities and community centers throughout the state.
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