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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Oklahoma History

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1. September 7, 1901, was the day that legendary lawman Bill Tilghman, who served as marshal and sheriff in several Oklahoma towns, met his end in a gunfight in Cromwell, Oklahoma. Tilghman was 70 years old at the time, making him one of the oldest gunfighters in the American West.

2. On September 7, 1923, the town of Shawnee, Oklahoma, witnessed one of the deadliest tornadoes in the state's history. The storm killed 97 people and injured more than 500 others. It remains the second deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history, surpassed only by the 2013 Moore tornado.

3. September 7, 2006, marked the day that the University of Oklahoma renamed its football stadium in honor of longtime coach and athletic director Bud Wilkinson. The stadium, which had previously been known as Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, was rechristened Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

4. September 7, 1982, was the day that Oklahoma City-born actor James Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Garner, who passed away in 2014, was best known for his roles in television series such as Maverick and The Rockford Files.

5. On September 7, 1817, the first Fort Gibson was established by the United States Army in what is now eastern Oklahoma. The fort became an important center of trade and diplomacy with various Native American tribes in the region, and played a significant role in the colonization and development of the Oklahoma Territory.
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