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5 Fun Facts About October 3 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1961, the University of Oklahoma admitted their first African-American student named George McLaurin. McLaurin faced racial discrimination from his professors and classmates, but he persevered and earned his Ph.D. in education.

2. On October 3, 1928, the Oklahoma City Civic Auditorium opened its doors to the public. The auditorium hosted a variety of events, including concerts, conventions, and sporting events, until it was demolished in 1972 to make way for the Myriad Convention Center.

3. In 2005, the Oklahoma City Thunder played their first preseason game in the Ford Center. The Thunder would go on to become a successful NBA franchise, making it to the NBA Finals in 2012.

4. On October 3, 1996, the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena was renamed the Jim Norick Arena in honor of Jim Norick, who was instrumental in the development of the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

5. In 2013, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum announced that they had acquired the original fence panels that were erected around the bombing site in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The panels are now displayed at the museum as a tribute to the victims and survivors of the bombing.
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