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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Oklahoma History

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1. On November 23, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state to be admitted to the United States, following its incorporation as a territory in 1890. The state's admission was marked by celebrations and parades in major cities across Oklahoma.

2. On November 23, 1974, the University of Oklahoma football team achieved a historic victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, winning 28-14 and securing the Big 8 Conference championship. The triumph marked the first time that OU had defeated Nebraska in four years and set the stage for the team's successful run in the Orange Bowl later that year.

3. In 1938, on this day, the famed Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard was born. Haggard went on to become one of the most successful country music artists of all time, with hits including "Mama Tried," "Workin' Man Blues" and "The Fightin' Side of Me."

4. On November 23, 1928, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision in the case of Tulsa v. Tulsa Municipal Employees Association, which established the legal right of state and municipal employees to form and join unions. The ruling was a major victory for labor rights advocates and set an important precedent for similar cases in the years to come.

5. November 23 is also National Cashew Day, a beloved holiday celebrating the virtues of these delectable nuts. Cashews have a long history in Oklahoma, where they are grown in small quantities in some rural areas, and are a popular ingredient in many regional dishes, such as chicken and cashew stir-fry.
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