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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Oklahoma History

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1. On July 9, 1870, the cornerstone of the Oklahoma State Capitol was laid in Guthrie. The Capitol was completed in 1917 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2. In 1889, the first Oklahoma Territorial Legislature assembled in Guthrie on July 9. This legislative session would result in a constitution and the eventual formation of the State of Oklahoma in 1907.

3. On July 9, 1918, a massive oil well explosion occurred in the town of Beggs, Oklahoma, killing at least sixteen people and injuring many more. The explosion was felt and heard for miles around and remains one of the deadliest oil well accidents in U.S. history.

4. The first tornado warning was issued in Oklahoma City on July 9, 1948. The warning was issued by the newly-formed U.S. Weather Bureau and warned residents of a tornado approaching the city. Today, Oklahoma remains one of the most tornado-prone states in the country.

5. On July 9, 2005, Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant was drafted as the second overall pick in the NBA draft. Durant went on to become one of the most successful basketball players in history, winning four NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals.
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