2018 is almost over, but we’ve still got time for one more edition of This Month in Oklahoma History from your community of new apartments in Stillwater. December has, historically, been an eventful month for Oklahomans. That’s why we’re so excited for this week’s blog.
In the post below, we’ll be talking about some historical events that helped shape this great state. From outlaw shootouts to battles and major legislative events, there’s a lot to cover. Our hope is that after reading this post, you feel like you have the knowledge you need to hold a conversation about Oklahoma’s history.
Without further delay, let’s dive right into this week’s blog! Oh, and when you’re done reading through the post below, please feel free to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at your community of apartments in Stillwater.
December 4th, 1928 — Oil is discovered in Oklahoma City
Shortly after Black Tuesday kicked off the Great Depression, Oklahoma City experienced an economic boom thanks to the discovery of oil. As it turns out, OKC was rich with oil. It even popped up in the ground underneath the south lawn of the Oklahoma capitol building. The discovery helped Oklahoma City grow even as America’s economy slowed to a halt.
December 5th, 2006 — Oklahoma Spaceport is established.
Most people don’t know this, but Oklahoma has a spaceport that can be used just like Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is located near Burns Flat, and it was originally set up to be used as the site of rocket launches for space tourism. That hasn’t happened yet, but the Oklahoma Spaceport is ready and waiting for the day that becomes a possibility.
December 7th, 1941 — USS Oklahoma is bombed in Pearl Harbor.
This next event didn’t happen in Oklahoma, but it did happen to a ship named after our great state. The USS Oklahoma took four torpedoes in the attack on Pearl Harbor. This caused the boat to capsize. It’s hull was eventually recovered and sold for scraps in 1948.
December 9th, 1871 — Battle of Chusto-Talasah.
The last event on our list is one of the rare Oklahoma battles that was between Confederates and Union soldiers as opposed to being between the U.S. federal government and Native American tribes. Still, these Union soldiers were led by a Native American, Chief Opothleyahola. The confederates won this battle, a four-hour struggle that took place at Horseshoe Bend on Bird Creek. The Union soldiers were forced to retreat after being pushed to the east side of the river, and would actually lose another major battle in Oklahoma soon after.
With that last event, we’ve reached the end of our list of important dates in Oklahoma history for the month of December! At this time, we’d like to thank those of you who have been coming back week after week to read all the latest brand new blogs from 51 at Tradan Heights. We’ll be back soon with another post, and we hope that you’ll come back to read that one as well! More than that, however, we hope that you feel like you learned something by reading the blog post above.
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