In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL OKLAHOMA DAY | JUNE 7
National Oklahoma Day on June 7th recognizes the 46th state to be granted statehood.
The panhandled state of Oklahoma is a dotted series of granite mountain peaks, sloping sandstone ridges, rolling hills, and plains. In 1803, the land became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase. Congress granted statehood on November 16, 1907.
Across the state of Oklahoma, significant sites record the result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail crosses nine states and describes the brutal impact on the lives of Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles.
In 1889, several counties in Oklahoma became open to settlement by Land Run. Settlers could claim quarter sections of land only after a specific time (usually noon) on a set date. Some eager settlers would cross the boundary into the county seeking their preferred quarter section sooner than the stroke of noon, earning them (and the state) the nickname “Sooners.”
From the Arkansas River to the Neosho River, Oklahoma has scenic views, lakes, and mountain trails. Put on your hiking boots and make some trail mix for an afternoon adventure. After a good hike, take in Route 66 for a drive and maybe pick up some barbeque or something fried. Oklahomans seem to have cornered the market on nearly everything fried. To mention a few, we came across fried okra and lamb balls and catfish. For something fresh, don’t forget the state fruit. Strawberries!
HOW TO OBSERVE National Oklahoma Day
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Oklahoma Day. We’ll take a drive out on the open highway, and work up an appetite. Discover the best eateries in the state and explore the history that goes with them. Find adventure in The Sooner State and use #NationalOklahomaDay to share on social media.
Will Rogers’ cowboy humor found its way into his performances and writing throughout his career. Into his wit, Will wove a logic that rang true with the working class and rural populations.
All-around athlete and Olympian, Jim Thorpe competed in 15 events during the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. He became the first Native American to earn an Olympic gold medal when he took first place in both the pentathlon and decathlon. Thorpe also made a solid showing in the other 13 events. However, Thorpe was stripped of his medals after the International Olympic Committee learned he had played minor-league baseball violating the amateurism rule.
Thorpe would go on to play professional football and professional basketball proving once again that his abilities stretch from field to court and beyond.
In October 1982, the IOC added James Thorpe’s name to the list of 1912 crowned Olympic champions and delivered two replica medals to his family. However, the IOC noted that the official report of the games would not be modified.
Clarence Nash voiced the lovable sputterings of Donald Duck and his nephews. He worked in the world of Disney for 50 years.
On a clear night far from the city lights, the Milky Way Galaxy can be easily identified. Deep within its center, Karl Jansky discovered radio waves emanating from the constellation Sagittarius. It was Jansky’s discovery that launched radio astronomy as a new science.
Author of Juneteenth and Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison also wrote two collections of essays. The Invisible Man earned Ellison the National Book Award and became a national bestseller.
Pioneer Woman Statue – Ponca City
Shattuck Windmill Museum – Shattuck
Totem Pole Park – Chelsea
99’s Museum of Women – Oklahoma City