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5 Fun Facts About May 13 In Oklahoma History

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1. The deadliest tornado outbreak in Oklahoma history occurred on May 13, 1949. The outbreak resulted in 116 deaths and over 700 injuries across the state.

2. The Oklahoma City Thunder played their first playoff game in franchise history on May 13, 2010. The Thunder was playing against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals.

3. On May 13, 1917, a massive fire broke out in downtown Oklahoma City, destroying over 600 buildings and causing over $1 million in damage. The fire resulted in the formation of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

4. May 13 is the birthday of Reba McEntire, one of Oklahoma’s most famous country music singers. McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma in 1955.

5. The University of Oklahoma graduation ceremony is traditionally held on May 13 or the closest Friday or Sunday to it. The graduation ceremony is held at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.
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