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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1953, a F5 tornado struck the town of Glazier in northwestern Oklahoma, killing 11 people and injuring 170. This was one of the deadliest tornadoes in Oklahoma history.

2. On July 24, 1921, the Tulsa Tribune published an editorial titled "To Lynch Negro Tonight," which was a catalyst for the Tulsa Race Massacre that began the next day. The editorial claimed that a Black man had assaulted a White woman, but this was later proven to be false.

3. Oklahoma City became the capital of Oklahoma on July 24, 1910, when Governor Charles Haskell signed a bill officially moving the seat of government from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.

4. In 1974, 3 people were killed and 37 were injured when a tornado struck the town of Oologah in northeastern Oklahoma. This was one of several tornadoes that hit the state that day.

5. On July 24, 1966, the Oklahoma chapter of the Black Panther Party was founded in Tulsa. The organization was dedicated to fighting police brutality and racism, and provided free breakfast programs and medical clinics to Black communities in Oklahoma.
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