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Oklahoma Facts and Figures
Origin of Name a combination of Choctaw words meaning "people" and "red." Area (rank) 69,903 sq mi (20th). Population (rank) 3,850,568 (28th). Capital Oklahoma City. Admitted to Union (rank) November 16, 1907 (46th).

Important Dates in Oklahoma.
Important Dates in Oklahoma
Territory of Oklahoma Established: 1890. Statehood Achieved: November 16, 1907.

Cherokee Strip Land Run
Cherokee Strip Land Run
On September 16, 1893, more than 115,000 people raced to claim one of 42,000 parcels of land in the largest, most spectacular, and last land run in American history.

Oklahoma Semicentennial
Oklahoma Semicentennial
In 1957 Oklahomans commemorated fifty years of statehood with events scheduled between April 22 and November 16, 1957. These dates were chosen because the first land run in present Oklahoma had occurred on April 22, 1889, and statehood was achieved on November 16, 1907.

Liquor Becomes Legal
Liquor Becomes Legal in Oklahoma
The sale of liquor became legal in Oklahoma on September 1, 1959, ending an era of prohibition that had begun with a constitutional amendment adopted when Oklahoma became a state in 1907.

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