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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1901, the town of Lawton in southwestern Oklahoma was founded on September 6, named after General Henry W. Lawton, a hero of the Spanish-American War. Lawton would go on to become a major hub for military activity and was home to Fort Sill, a United States Army installation.

2. On September 6, 1921, the city of Tulsa experienced one of the worst race massacres in United States history when a mob of white residents attacked the predominantly Black Greenwood district. The attack, which lasted for 16 hours, resulted in the destruction of more than 35 city blocks and the deaths of an estimated 300 Black residents.

3. The Oklahoma State Capitol building was dedicated on September 6, 1917. The building, which still serves as the seat of government in Oklahoma, is an impressive example of neoclassical architecture and features murals and stained glass windows by noted Oklahoma artists.

4. On September 6, 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote one of his most famous songs, "This Land is Your Land," while living in New York City. The song would go on to become an unofficial anthem of the United States, known for its verses celebrating the natural beauty and diversity of the country.

5. Oklahoma native Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on September 6, 2011. McEntire, who was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, has enjoyed a successful career as a singer, actress, and television personality, earning numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.
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