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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In Oklahoma History

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1. On June 22, 1944, the USS Oklahoma was officially decommissioned in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. The ship, which had been severely damaged during the attack, was eventually scrapped.

2. The first American Indian astronaut, John Herrington, was born in Wetumka, Oklahoma, on June 22, 1958. Herrington flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in November 2002.

3. June 22, 1969, marks the opening of the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The museum is home to over 16,000 objects of art, including works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

4. On June 22, 1970, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the state's election law was unconstitutional because of its discriminatory impact on African American and Native American voters.

5. In June 22, 2003, the Oklahoma City bombing memorial was officially dedicated. The memorial honors the victims and survivors of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It includes a reflecting pool, 168 empty chairs symbolizing those who lost their lives, and the "Survivor Tree," a symbol of hope and resilience.
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