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5 Fun Facts About July 26 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the United States. After years of controversy and political wrangling, Congress finally approved Oklahoma's statehood on July 26, 1907.

2. In 1978, one of the most destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma history struck the town of Cordell. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that killed dozens of people across the Midwest, but it was particularly devastating in Cordell, where it destroyed much of the downtown area and killed 5 people.

3. On July 26, 1984, the Oklahoma City bombing took place at a local 7-Eleven convenience store. The bombing killed two people and injured many others, and it remains one of the most notorious acts of terrorism in Oklahoma history.

4. In 2003, a record-setting heat wave swept across Oklahoma and much of the rest of the United States. Temperatures soared above 100°F for weeks on end, with many areas experiencing temperatures above 110°F. The heat wave led to numerous heat-related deaths and caused widespread damage to crops and infrastructure.

5. On July 26, 2019, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near the town of Stroud, Oklahoma. The earthquake was felt across the state and caused minor damage to some buildings. Oklahoma has experienced an increase in earthquake activity in recent years, which many scientists believe is linked to oil and gas drilling activity in the state.
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