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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Oklahoma History

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1. September 8, 1906, was the day that President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Oklahoma Enabling Act, which granted statehood to Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. This act gave birth to the state of Oklahoma, which officially became the 46th US state on November 16, 1907.

2. On September 8, 1965, Hurricane Inez struck the Gulf of Mexico, causing severe damage to Oklahoma's coastline. The storm caused widespread flooding, destroyed numerous homes and businesses, and claimed several lives.

3. In 1974, on September 8th, the Oklahoma City Zoo opened its "Great EscAPE" exhibit, which was home to two gorillas, Kongo and Mike. The exhibit featured an underwater viewing area and was a popular attraction until it closed in 1997.

4. September 8, 1978, was the day that OU football legend Billy Sims made his debut for the Sooners. Sims would go on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1978 and lead the Sooners to two national championships.

5. Finally, September 8, 1950, was the day that the Oklahoma Historical Society opened its new headquarters in Oklahoma City. The building, which still serves as the society's headquarters today, houses a vast collection of Oklahoma artifacts, documents, and photographs, and is a must-visit destination for Oklahoma history buffs.
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