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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state in the United States on July 29, 1907. The state was formed from the Indian Territory and the Oklahoma Territory.

2. On July 29, 1948, the Oklahoma City Zoo opened to the public. The zoo originally started with just an elephant and a few other animals, but has since grown to house over 1,900 animals from around the world.

3. In 1981, famed old-time radio and television personality Paul Harvey delivered his famous "If I Were the Devil" speech at the National FFA Convention held in Oklahoma City on July 29.

4. On July 29, 2001, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating signed into law the Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority Act, which established a board to oversee and manage the state's capital improvements.

5. The Oklahoma City bombing trial concluded on July 29, 1997, with the sentencing of Timothy McVeigh to death. McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others.
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