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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Oklahoma History

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1. Statehood Bill Signed: On July 22, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Statehood Bill that officially made Oklahoma the 46th state in the United States.

2. Tulsa Race Riot: On July 22, 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot erupted in Tulsa's Greenwood District. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive race riots in American history, leaving as many as 300 dead and thousands homeless.

3. First Woman Attorney in Oklahoma: On July 22, 1920, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was born. She later became the first African American woman to attend the University of Oklahoma Law School and the first woman attorney in Oklahoma.

4. First African American Sheriff Elected: On July 22, 1972, Robert B. Parker was elected as the first African American sheriff in Oklahoma. He served as the sheriff of Tulsa County until 1991.

5. Olympic Gold Medalist Born: On July 22, 1964, Shannon Miller was born in Rolla, Missouri. She grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma, and went on to become one of the most decorated American gymnasts in history. She won 7 Olympic medals, including 2 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze.
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