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5 Fun Facts About January 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. On January 8, 1912, Oklahoma City officially became the capital of Oklahoma. Prior to this, Guthrie had served as the temporary capital after Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907.

2. January 8, 1930 marked the birth of legendary Oklahoma singer-songwriter and actor, Roy Clark. Clark was most widely known for hosting the television show, "Hee Haw," and for his classic hits such as "Yesterday When I Was Young" and "Thank God and Greyhound."

3. In 1861, on January 8th, the Creek Nation became the first Native American tribe to enter into a formal alliance with the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Creek Nation had been divided on the issue of secession, with many members remaining loyal to the Union.

4. On January 8, 2009, a devastating ice storm swept across Oklahoma, leaving over 500,000 people without power and causing over $1 billion in damages. The storm also resulted in several fatalities and widespread destruction of trees and property.

5. January 8, 1958 saw the birth of Kapil Gupta, an Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist who would go on to found several successful companies in the technology industry. Gupta is also known for his philanthropic work, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare.
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