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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma City is founded: July 19, 1889, marks the founding of Oklahoma City. The city originally began as a small settlement of about 10,000 people, but it quickly grew to become Oklahoma's largest city and the state's capital.

2. The state's first state park is established: On July 19, 1935, the state's first state park, Robbers Cave State Park, was established. The park covers over 8,000 acres and is located in the scenic San Bois Mountains.

3. The first tornado sirens in the U.S. are installed: On July 19, 1955, the first tornado sirens in the United States were installed in the town of Del City, Oklahoma. The sirens were designed to warn residents of approaching tornadoes and severe weather.

4. Oklahoma becomes the first state to use lethal injection: On July 19, 1977, Oklahoma became the first state in the U.S. to use lethal injection as a method of execution. The first execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma occurred on March 15, 1978.

5. The state's deadliest tornado hits: On July 19, 1943, the deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history struck the city of Claremore. The tornado was rated an F4 and caused 73 fatalities and nearly $5 million in damages.
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