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5 Fun Facts About September 19 In Oklahoma History

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1. Oklahoma became a state on September 19, 1907: On this day, Oklahoma officially became the 46th state of the United States. The state previously existed as a territory beginning in 1889, but it wasn't until 18 years later that it was granted statehood.

2. The Oklahoma City bombing occurred on September 19, 1995: Tragically, this day is also remembered for the terrorist attack that occurred in Oklahoma City, when a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

3. Will Rogers was born on September 19, 1879: One of Oklahoma's most beloved figures, Will Rogers was a Cherokee cowboy, actor, writer, and humorist who entertained millions in the early 20th century with his wit and wisdom.

4. The Cherokee Strip Land Run began on September 19, 1893: This historic event opened up nearly 6 million acres of land in north-central Oklahoma to settlement, as thousands of people staked their claim to new homesteads.

5. The Battle of Perryville took place on September 19, 1864: During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces clashed in a bloody battle in what is now Noble County, with the Union emerging victorious. It was one of the last major battles of the war to take place in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).
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