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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1943, The Tulsa Race Riot Commission began its investigations into the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, in which white residents attacked and destroyed the prosperous black section of the city, known as Greenwood. The commission's findings led to the city's first efforts to provide reparations to survivors and descendants of those killed or displaced by the riot.

2. On July 12, 1962, the world's first shopping mall, the Penn Square Mall, opened in Oklahoma City. It was designed by commercial architect William S. Kapp, and featured an indoor fountain, a large food court, and anchor tenants such as J.C. Penney and Montgomery Ward.

3. In 1967, the state of Oklahoma banned the sale of 3.2 beer, which had been legal since the end of Prohibition in 1933. The move was controversial, as some argued that it would hurt the tourism industry and lead to an increase in drunk driving.

4. On July 12, 1984, the Oklahoma City Thunder (then known as the Seattle Supersonics) drafted future Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton with the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft. Stockton went on to play 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history.

5. In 2010, Oklahoma City native Kristin Chenoweth was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Chenoweth is a Tony Award-winning actress and singer, known for her roles in Broadway productions such as "Wicked" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," as well as her appearances in TV shows such as "The West Wing" and "Pushing Daisies."
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