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5 Fun Facts About June 21 In Oklahoma History

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1. Statehood Day: June 21, 2019 marked the 112th anniversary of Oklahoma becoming the 46th state of the United States.

2. Tulsa Race Massacre: On June 21, 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began, in which a white mob attacked the predominantly black Greenwood District of Tulsa, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 300 people and the destruction of over 1000 homes and businesses.

3. First tornado warning: On June 21, 1955, the first tornado warning was issued in the United States. The warning was issued by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Oklahoma City, after a tornado struck the town of Blackwell, killing 20 people.

4. Dust Bowl: The summer solstice of June 21, 1930 marked the start of a decade long drought which would erode the topsoil of the Great Plains, leading to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Oklahoma was hit particularly hard by the disaster.

5. OETA: On June 21, 1953, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) began broadcasting. Today, OETA provides educational programming to over 1.8 million households in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
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