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5 Fun Facts About June 16 In Oklahoma History

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1. Tulsa Race Massacre: On June 16, 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white mob destroyed the prosperous African American community and killed hundreds of black residents.
2. Oklahoma becomes a state: June 16, 1906, marks the day when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Oklahoma Enabling Act, which allowed the territories of Oklahoma and Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) to form Oklahoma as a state.
3. The Great Flood of 1923: On June 16, 1923, the Arkansas River flooded and caused widespread destruction throughout Oklahoma. The flood caused major damage to Tulsa, and over 200 people lost their lives.
4. Will Rogers celebrates his birthday: Will Rogers, Oklahoma's famous cowboy actor and comedian, was born on June 16, 1879. He became a beloved figure in Oklahoma and beyond, entertaining audiences with his wit and humor for many years.
5. Oklahoma tornado outbreak: On June 16, 1974, a massive tornado outbreak occurred across Oklahoma, with 10 tornadoes hitting the state in a single day. The storms caused significant damage and loss of life, with the town of Drumright being particularly hard hit.
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