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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma's first public library was established on March 13, 1899, in Guthrie. Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American philanthropist, donated money to the city to build a library, which still stands today as a historical landmark.

2. On March 13, 1936, an EF5 tornado struck the town of Woodward, Oklahoma, killing at least 107 people and injuring hundreds more. The tornado remains one of the deadliest in Oklahoma history.

3. The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team played their first home game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 13, 2009. The team, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics, had relocated to Oklahoma City the previous year.

4. Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, an African-American woman, was admitted to the University of Oklahoma on March 13, 1949, after winning a landmark Supreme Court case against the state's segregation laws. She became the first African-American student to attend the university.

5. On March 13, 1908, the Muskogee Roughnecks played the first ever professional baseball game in Oklahoma, defeating the Fort Smith Twins 7-6. The Roughnecks went on to win the Southwestern League championship that year.
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