Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United
States of America. With 3,579,212 residents in 2006, it is the 28th
most populous and 20th-largest state by land area. Its name is derived
from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people", and its
capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. Formed from Indian
Territory on November 16, 1907, it was the 46th state to enter the
union. A major producer of natural gas, oil and food, Oklahoma relies
on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and
biotechnology. It has one of the fastest growing economies in the
nation, leading states in gross domestic product growth and ranking
third in per capita income growth. With small mountain ranges,
prairie, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great
Plains and the U.S. Interior Highlands—a region especially prone to
severe weather. Part of the Bible Belt, widespread beliefs in
evangelical Christianity make Oklahoma one of the most conservative
states, though its voter registration in the Democratic Party exceeds
the Republican Party.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Though she was only a ten-year old girl, Jadwiga was crowned "King
Sapa Inca Atahualpa was captured by Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
at the Battle of Cajamarca in Cajamarca, Peru.
War of the Third Coalition: At the Battle of Schöngrabern, Russian
forces under Pyotr Bagration delayed the pursuit by French troops
under Joachim Murat.
After a five-day trial following the North-West Rebellion, Louis
Riel, Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba", was
executed by hanging for high treason.
The first line of Bucharest Metro, the M1 Line, opened from Timpuri
Noi to Semănătoarea in Bucharest, Romania.
The first case of the respiratory disease Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) was recorded in Guangdong, China.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
repudiate: To reject the truth or validity of something.
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