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5 Fun Facts About March 10 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1910, the town of Erick, Oklahoma was officially incorporated. This small town in western Oklahoma was originally settled by a group of Czech immigrants in the late 19th century and has since become known for its agriculture, including cotton and wheat farming.

2. In 1941, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a new flag design for the state of Oklahoma. The new design incorporated the state seal on a field of blue, with the words "Oklahoma" and "1907" (the year of statehood) in gold letters. This design is still in use today.

3. On March 10, 1967, the Oklahoma City Thunder (known then as the Seattle SuperSonics) played their very first game in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The game was played against the San Francisco Warriors and resulted in a 144-116 loss for the Thunder.

4. In 1973, the University of Tulsa men's basketball team won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship. The team defeated the University of North Carolina in the final game, making them the first team from the state of Oklahoma to win a major college basketball championship.

5. On March 10, 1981, the Oklahoma state legislature passed a bill allowing for the creation of a lottery in the state. However, it would be nearly three decades before the first lottery tickets were sold in Oklahoma, with the state's first lottery game launching in 2005. Today, the Oklahoma Lottery generates millions of dollars in revenue for the state each year.
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