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5 Fun Facts About June 12 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma's statehood was officially recognized on June 12, 1906. Although Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907, the enabling act that paved the way for statehood was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 12, 1906.

2. The Tulsa Race Massacre began on June 1, 1921, but it reached its deadliest day on June 12, when white mobs burned and looted the Greenwood District, an affluent African American community in Tulsa. The death toll from the massacre remains disputed, but it is estimated that between 100 and 300 people were killed.

3. On June 12, 1933, the infamous outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde were involved in a deadly shootout with law enforcement officers near Stringtown, Oklahoma. Bonnie and Clyde managed to escape, but two officers were killed in the shootout.

4. The University of Oklahoma won its first and only NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on June 12, 1988, with a victory over the University of Kansas. The championship game was held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.

5. In 2019, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill designating June 12 as "Women Veterans Day" in the state. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to serve as permanent members of the armed forces. Oklahoma has one of the largest populations of women veterans in the country.
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