U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 16

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16: OKLAHOMA STATEHOOD

Profile America — Friday, November 16th. Oklahoma joined the Union as the 46th state on this date in 1907.  Its name comes from the Choctaw words "okla," meaning "people," and "humma," meaning "red."  And the state's rich history is intertwined with that of the American Indian.  As the nation grew westward, Oklahoma hosted a cattle boom, cowboys and Wild West shows, and then an oil boom.  Famous Oklahomans include Will Rogers, Jim Thorpe, cowboys Gene Autry and Tom Mix, author Ralph Ellison, jazz pioneer Charlie Christian, and country music stars Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.  The 2010 Census counted 3,751,000 people in Oklahoma, ranking it 28th among the 50 states.  Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 550
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 14, 15

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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