Some facts about Oklahoma on the state's 115th birthday
On Nov. 16, 1907, after people living in both territories voted in favor of becoming a state, then President Roosevelt issued a Presidential Proclamation admitting Oklahoma as the 46th state in the United States.
The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla, 'people' and humma, which translates as 'red'. Oklahoma is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State" in reference to the settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state.
Click below to read facts and figures about Oklahoma from the Census bureau!