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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death on July 6, 1995. McVeigh was found guilty of carrying out a terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The bombing killed 168 people and injured hundreds more, making it the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil at the time.

2. In 1923, the U.S. Army Air Service conducted the first experimental airmail flight over Oklahoma. The flight covered 401 miles between San Antonio, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, with stops in Dallas, Tulsa, and Joplin, Missouri.

3. On July 6, 1869, the first issue of the Cherokee Advocate newspaper was printed in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The paper was established by the National Council of the Cherokee Nation and became an important voice for the Cherokee community, covering news and events from around the region.

4. Oklahoma City's iconic Skirvin Hotel first opened its doors on July 6, 1911. The luxurious hotel quickly became a popular destination for travelers and hosted many famous guests over the years, including Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, and Carrie Underwood.

5. July 6, 1994, marked the start of the historic Route 66 Centennial Celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event drew thousands of visitors from around the world and included a parade, car show, and live music performances. Route 66, also known as the "Mother Road," runs through Oklahoma and played a significant role in the state's economic development in the early 20th century.
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