It was on this day in 1907 that Oklahoma joined the Union, becoming the 46th state. It's one of the top natural gas-producing states in the U.S. There are 25 Native American languages that are spoken in Oklahoma, which is more than any other state in America. It's one of most tornado-prone areas of the world, averaging more than 50 tornadoes a year. And it's the setting for the opening of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.What they don't mention is that the state is the reddest in the Union, with many, many more red necks than Native Americans.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
It's Oklahoma's birthday. This appeared in the Writer's Almanac today: