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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state to be admitted to the Union, following its merger of two territories -- Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory.

2. On September 26, 1927, the infamous "Seminole Outlaw War" came to an end in Seminole County. The conflict started when alleged bootlegger Bill Smith was shot and killed by a sheriff's posse. A group of Seminole Indians, led by a man named Jack Ketcher, then took up arms in retaliation and engaged in a skirmish with law enforcement for several days.

3. In 1945, the Oklahoma City Zoo opened its doors for the first time. At the time, it was a much smaller facility than it is today, but it still housed several notable animals, including a lion and a jaguar.

4. On September 26, 1977, a private plane carrying University of Oklahoma football coach Chuck Fairbanks crashed in a field near Stillwater, Oklahoma. Fairbanks survived the crash but suffered extensive injuries, requiring him to take a leave of absence from coaching for several months.

5. In 2006, the first annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival was held in Oklahoma City. The festival celebrates Native American culture through art, dance, music, and other traditional practices, and has since become one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
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