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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In Oklahoma History

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1. The Oklahoma City Bombing Trial began on November 5, 1997.
On this day, the trial of Timothy McVeigh, the mastermind behind the Oklahoma City bombing, formally began in Denver, Colorado. The bombing, which took place on April 19, 1995, killed 168 people and injured over 600 others. This tragedy is considered one of the deadliest domestic terror attacks in U.S. history.

2. On November 5, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the union.
After years of Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory existing as separate territories, the two merged to form the state of Oklahoma. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the proclamation admitting Oklahoma as a state on November 16, 1907.

3. The Tulsa Race Massacre began on May 31, but it continued into November 1921.
The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, during which a white mob attacked Black residents and businesses in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The massacre took place over two days, with the worst of the violence occurring on June 1, 1921. However, the violence continued well into November 1921 as the Black community tried to rebuild after the destruction.

4. On November 5, 1941, the U.S. Army established Fort Sill Indian School in Oklahoma.
Fort Sill Indian School was a boarding school that aimed to assimilate Native American children into mainstream American culture. The school also served as a training ground for Native American soldiers in World War II.

5. November 5, 1990, was declared "Barry Switzer Day" in Oklahoma.
Barry Switzer was the head coach of the University of Oklahoma football team from 1973 to 1988. He won three national championships with the team and is considered one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. On November 5, 1990, then-Governor Henry Bellmon declared the day "Barry Switzer Day" in honor of his contributions to the state.
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