This Day in Oklahoma History


01 November

Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007

On this day a strict immigration reform law meant to discourage illegal immigration went into effect. The Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 denies illegal immigrants state identification, and requires all state and local agencies to verify citizenship status of applicants before authorizing benefits. The law also require public employers to enter job applicants into an electronic immigration database to verify legal status. more...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

02 November

First Female Governor of Oklahoma

On this day in a historic election Oklahomans went to the polls to decide whether Democratic Lt. Governor Jari Askins or Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin would become the state's first female governor.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

04 November

Will Rogers Born

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 - August 15, 1935) was an American comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer, and actor. more...

Tuesday, November 04, 1879

04 November

Darla Hood Born

Born: Darla Hood, Leedey Oklahoma, singer and actress, Little Rascals more...

Wednesday, November 04, 1931

10 November

Osage Indians cede Missouri and Arkansas lands

In a decision that would eventually make them one of the wealthiest surviving Indian nations, the Osage Indians agree to abandon their lands in Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for a reservation in Oklahoma. More...

Thursday, November 10, 1808

11 November

Route 66

U.S. Route 66, (also known as Route 66, The Main Street of America, The Mother Road, and the Will Rogers Highway) was a highway in the U.S. Highway system. One of the original federal routes, US 66 was established on November 11th, 1926, though signs did not go up until the following year. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles. more...

Thursday, November 11, 1926

13 November


On this day Grand was established as county seat of Day County, Oklahoma Territory. This was County 'E' when organizers at the opening of Cheyenne and Arapaho lands April 19, 1892 Day County and county seat were abolished at statehood in 1907. Many citizens of Grand became noted as leaders in the new state of Oklahoma. more...

Sunday, November 13, 1892

13 November

Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious one-car crash

On this day in 1974, 28-year-old Karen Silkwood is killed in a car accident near Crescent, Oklahoma, north of Oklahoma City. Silkwood worked as a technician at a plutonium plant operated by the Kerr-McGee Corporation, and she had been critical of the plant's health and safety procedures. More...

Wednesday, November 13, 1974

15 November

Mary Fallin brings Oklahoma Centennial to Congress

On this day U.S. Representative Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, spoke on the U.S. House floor about the Oklahoma centennial. "Tomorrow, the state of Oklahoma will celebrate its centennial anniversary," Fallin said. "Today, I come to you on the House floor to commemorate and honor our state's rich history. Most of all, I am here to honor the people of Oklahoma, our greatest strength, whose hard work and pioneer spirit have written a truly unique chapter in American history." more...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

16 November

1st Governor of Oklahoma

Charles Nathaniel Haskell, Democrat. Served from 1907 to 1911. Oklahoma's first State Governor was born March 13, 1860, in Putnam county, Ohio. He was educated as a lawyer, admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1881, and began practice in Ottawa, Ohio. In 1901, he moved to Muskogee, Indian Territory, where he added to his law practice the promotion of railroads. He was a leader in the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention in 1906. After his term as Governor, from November 16, 1907, to January 9, 1911, he engaged in the oil business. He died July 5, 1933, and is buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Muskogee. more...

Saturday, November 16, 1907

16 November

Oklahoma, the 46th State

Oklahoma became the 46th state in the Union on November 16th, 1907. The state's name comes from the Choctaw words "okla" meaning people and "homma" meaning red, literally meaning "red people" more...

Saturday, November 16, 1907

16 November

Notre Dame ends Oklahoma record winning streak

Notre Dame beats Oklahoma 7-0, ending the Sooners’ 47-game, 1,512-day college football winning streak. The game also marked the first time in more than 120 games that Oklahoma didn’t score a single point. Sooners fans were stunned. Some cried; some sat in the stadium for more than an hour after the game was over. But, as Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson said in the locker room after the game, "There wasn’t anything mysterious about it. We just got beat." More...

Saturday, November 16, 1957

17 November

Kate Barnard

Kate Barnard was the first woman to be elected as a State official in Oklahoma. She held the office of Commissioner of Charities and Corrections for 2 terms. more...

Sunday, November 17, 1907

18 November

Camp Supply Established

Established Nov., 1868 by Gen. Alfred Sully with 5 companies of 3rd Inf. This was the supply base for Col. Custer's 7th Cav. Here, Dec. 2, 1868 Gen Sheridan received Custer returning from the Battle of the Washita. Name changed to Ft. Supply, 1889. Post abandoned 1893. Buildings now used by State as hospital. more...

Wednesday, November 18, 1868

18 November

Wilma Mankiller Born

Wilma Pearl Mankiller, born on this day in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, became the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985. more...

Sunday, November 18, 1945

19 November

Battle of Round Mountain

American Civil War -- Col. Douglas H. Cooper, Confederate commander of the Indian Department, had not been able to reconcile differences with Chief Opothleyahola, who commanded a band of Unionist Creeks and Seminoles. Cooper set out on November 15, 1861, with about 1,400 men to either compel submission . . . or "drive him and his party from the country." His force rode up the Deep Fork of the Canadian River towards Chief Opothleyahola's camp which they found deserted. On the 19th, Cooper learned from captured prisoners that part of Chief Opothleyahola's band was at the Red Fork of the Arkansas River, where they were erecting a fort. Cooper's men arrived there around 4:00 pm and ordered a cavalry charge which discovered that Chief Opothleyahola's band had recently abandoned the camp. The Confederates did find some stragglers beyond the camp and followed them, blundering into Chief Opothleyahola's camp. The Federals fired into the Rebel cavalry and, in large force, came out to attack them. They chased the Confederates back to Cooper's main force. Darkness prevented Cooper from attacking until the main enemy force was within 60 yards. A short fight ensued but Chief Opothleyahola's men broke it off and retreated back to their camp. Cooper set out for Chief Opothleyahola's camp the next morning but found it gone. The Confederates claimed victory because Chief Opothleyahola had left the area. This was the first of three encounters between Chief Opothleyahola's Union bands and Confederate troops. The chief was forced to flee Oklahoma for Kansas at the end of the year. more...

Tuesday, November 19, 1861

19 November

Governor Walton Removed From Office

On this day Impeached Governor John "Jack" C. Walton was convicted and removed permanently from office. Walton had placed Okmulgee County under martial law and Tulsa County likewise with the additional penalty of suspension of habeas corpus; the latter step forbade by state constitution. When an Oklahoma City grand jury prepared to investigate the governor's office, Walton put the entire state under martial law on September 15, 1923 with "absolute martial law" applicable to the capital. Impeachment demands were rampant. more...

Monday, November 19, 1923

20 November

David Walters Born

David Walters was born near Canute, Oklahoma. He graduated as valedictorian from Canute High School in 1969. He was elected governor of Oklahoma in 1990. more...

Tuesday, November 20, 1951

21 November

William 'Alfalfa Bill' Murray Born

William Henry Davis "Alfalfa Bill" Murray (November 21, 1869 - October 15, 1956) was an American teacher, lawyer, and politician who served as a Congressman representing Oklahoma in the U.S. House and would serve as Oklahoma's first Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and ninth Governor of Oklahoma. more...

Sunday, November 21, 1869

22 November

Wiley Post Born

Wiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 - August 15, 1935) was the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Also known for his work in high altitude flying, Post helped develop one of the first pressure suits. His plywood aircraft, the Winnie Mae is on display at the National Air & Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center adjacent to Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA, and his pressure suit is being prepared for display at the same location. On August 15, 1935, Post and American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post's plane crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow, in Alaska. more...

Tuesday, November 22, 1898

27 November

Battle of The Washita

Col. George A. Custer, commanding 7th Cavalry, attacked the Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle. 153 Cheyenne casualties, and 34 U.S. troops killed or wounded. Among the killed was Capt. L.M. Hamilton, grandson of Alexander Hamilton. Battle the start of Sheridan's Washita campaign. more...

Friday, November 27, 1868