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5 Fun Facts About September 14 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma's State Capitol Building was Dedication on September 14, 1917

On September 14, 1917, the Oklahoma State Capitol Building was officially dedicated in Oklahoma City. The building, which took more than a decade to complete, was designed in the Neoclassical style and features a distinctive dome made of steel and concrete.

2. The USS Oklahoma was Launched on September 14, 1914

The USS Oklahoma was a United States Navy battleship that was launched on September 14, 1914. The ship saw action during World War I and World War II before it was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese forces during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

3. The Cherokee Strip Land Run Began on September 14, 1893

On September 14, 1893, thousands of settlers gathered at the border of Oklahoma and Kansas to participate in the Cherokee Strip Land Run. The event marked the opening of more than 6 million acres of land to homesteaders in what is now northern Oklahoma.

4. Tulsa's First Black Officer was Hired on September 14, 1918

On September 14, 1918, Tulsa hired its first-ever Black police officer, Newton A. Ashford. The move was significant as the city was deeply segregated at the time and Black police officers were rare in the United States.

5. The Oklahoma City Thunder Played their First Game on September 14, 2008

On September 14, 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team played its first-ever preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team, which was formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008 and has since become a beloved part of the city's sports culture.
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