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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1904, Tulsa, Oklahoma officially became a city. The city was named after the Creek Indians' word "Tallasi," which means "old town" or "old settlement."

2. On July 14, 1935, the first official meeting of the Oklahoma Space Observatory, now known as the Kirkpatrick Observatory, took place. It was founded by James Kirkpatrick, a University of Oklahoma astronomer who was dedicated to promoting science education.

3. The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team was officially sanctioned by the NBA on July 14, 2008. The team was previously known as the Seattle SuperSonics before relocating to Oklahoma City.

4. In 1960, the town of Miami, Oklahoma was hit by a deadly F4 tornado on July 14. The tornado caused widespread destruction and resulted in 14 deaths and 200 injuries.

5. The Oklahoma Territory, which spanned across what is now the western half of the state, was officially opened for settlement on April 22, 1889. However, on July 14 of that same year, the territory's first newspaper, the Guthrie Daily Leader, was published. The newspaper served as a means of communication for settlers and provided them with news and information about the rapidly growing area.
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