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5 Fun Facts About May 9 In Oklahoma History

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1. On May 9, 1869, the first public school in Oklahoma Territory was opened in Guthrie. It was a one-room schoolhouse that served students of all ages and backgrounds.

2. In 1903, the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature declared May 9 as Oklahoma Day. It was intended to celebrate the state's early history and commemorate the anniversary of the opening of the first Oklahoma land run in 1889.

3. On May 9, 1926, the first radio broadcast in Oklahoma went on the air from radio station WKY in Oklahoma City. The station would later become the hub of the WKY Radio Network, which included several stations throughout the state.

4. In 1946, the International Petroleum Exposition opened in Tulsa on May 9. The event showcased the latest technology and products related to the oil industry, which was a major economic driver for Oklahoma at the time.

5. May 9, 1964, marked the opening of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. The museum houses a collection of more than 20,000 works of art from a variety of cultures and time periods.
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