Oklahoma in History

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City - Tulsa

Historical Events

  • 1802-10-10 1st non-Indian settlement in Oklahoma
  • 1825-01-27 U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
  • 1834-06-30 Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
  • 1842-08-14 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma

BattleBattle of Interest

1868-11-27 Battle at Washita River, Oklahoma. General Custer attacks group of Native American Indians, their chief Black Kettle dies in the attack

  • 1889-03-23 Pres Harrison opens Oklahoma for white colonization
  • 1889-04-22 Oklahoma land rush officially starts
  • 1890-05-02 Territory of Oklahoma created
  • 1892-01-07 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • 1893-09-16 Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma, opens white settlement homesteaders
  • 1901-08-06 Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • 1907-11-16 Oklahoma becomes the United States 46th state
  • 1908-02-27 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
  • 1915-06-21 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
  • 1918-04-13 Electrical fire kills 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital
  • 1921-06-01 Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)
  • 1923-09-15 Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of Ku Klux Klan terror
  • 1923-11-19 The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures
  • 1924-12-24 School in Babb's Switch, Oklahoma, catches fire, 36 die
  • 1930-01-18 -27°F (-33°C), Watts, Oklahoma (state record)
  • 1940-09-03 39.4 cm rainfall at Sapulpa, Oklahoma (state record)
  • 1942-04-27 Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300
  • 1943-07-26 120°F (49°C), Tishmoningo, Oklahoma (state record)
  • 1946-12-16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1947-04-09 Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
  • 1948-01-12 US Supreme Court decision (Sipuel v Oklahoma State Board of Regents)
  • 1951-08-11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • 1951-10-20 The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1952-12-02 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • 1959-04-07 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • 1969-11-26 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • 1970-10-04 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1976-04-08 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1978-11-28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)
  • 1980-04-29 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1982-01-19 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Oklahoma, kills 6 kids & teacher
  • 1984-05-26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1984-05-26 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
  • 1986-01-21 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
  • 1986-08-20 Postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers dead in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1988-01-01 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • 1988-12-03 54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB)
  • 1988-12-19 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation
  • 1989-01-13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • 1989-01-21 A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player
  • 1989-02-13 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • 1989-02-20 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • 1989-06-19 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football team
  • 1991-04-26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • 1995-03-16 Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
  • 1997-08-14 Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh
  • 1997-09-29 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
  • 1997-12-23 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • 2003-12-13 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2008-12-15 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2010-04-22 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford from University of Oklahoma first pick by St. Louis Rams

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1870-10-23 Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)

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1888-05-28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), born in Prague, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1888-09-16 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1890-07-25 Julian Rivero, actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1893-06-25 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1898-02-12 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1898-03-13 Josie Sedgwick, TX, actress (Son of Oklahoma)
  • 1901-05-09 Fuzzy Knight, Fairmont WV, actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady)
  • 1904-01-17 Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1904-04-03 Iron Eyes Cody, actor (Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1904-12-07 Clarence Nash, Watonga Oklahoma, American voice actor (Donald Duck)
  • 1905-09-18 Agnes De Mille, choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908-02-02 Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
  • 1910-12-13 Van Heflin, Walters Oklahoma, actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary)
  • 1912-09-24 Don Porter, Miami Oklahoma, actor (Russ Lawrence-Gidget, Ann Sothern Show)
  • 1913-04-25 Earl Bostic, alto sax player (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1914-09-05 Gail Kubik, South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, composer (Gerald McBoing Boing)
  • 1914-11-14 Ken Carson, Coalgate Oklahoma, singer (Garry Moore Show)
  • 1916-04-23 Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
  • 1917-07-14 Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • 1918-01-24 Oral Roberts, Pontotoc County Oklahoma, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College

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1918-03-29 Sam Walton, Founder and CEO of Wal-Mart, born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma (d. 1992)

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1918-06-13 Ben Johnson, Foraker Oklahoma, actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), (d. 1996)

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1918-09-04 Paul Harvey, news commentator (Rest of the story), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 1919-03-02 Jennifer Jones, [Phyllis Isley], Oklahoma, actress (Farewell to Arms)
  • 1920-02-26 Tony Randall, [Leonard Rosenberg], actor (Felix-Odd Couple), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1920-03-24 Gene Nelson, [Berg], actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1920-10-01 Lonny Chapman, actor (Investigator, For the People), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1921-03-12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1921-04-10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • 1922-01-07 Alvin Dark, American baseball player & manager, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1922-07-02 Dan Rowan, Beggs Oklahoma, comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in)
  • 1922-07-21 Kay Starr, Dougherty Oklahoma, singer (Rock & Roll Waltz, Club Oasis)
  • 1923-03-11 A Louise Brough Clapp, Oklahoma, tennis player (4 time Wimbledon champ)
  • 1926-11-19 Jeane J Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN (R), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • 1926-12-01 Robert Symonds, Bristow Oklahoma, actor (Robert E. Lee-Blue & Gray)
  • 1927-03-06 Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, Shawnee Oklahoma, USAF/astronaut (Mer 9, Gem 5)
  • 1928-04-07 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1928-11-16 Clu Gulager, Holdenville Oklahoma, actor (Virginian, Survivors, Tall Man)
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-05-06 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • 1930-01-23 William Reid Pogue, Okemah Oklahoma, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4), (d. 2014)
  • 1930-11-22 Owen Kay Garriott, Enid Oklahoma, astronaut (Skylab 3, STS 9)
  • 1931-01-20 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)

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1931-10-20 Mickey Mantle "The Commerce Comet", NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1931-11-04 Darla Hood, Leedey Oklahoma, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
  • 1932-02-16 Gretchen Wyler, Bartlesville Oklahoma, actress (Silk Stockings)
  • 1932-08-17 Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
  • 1933-11-21 Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Oklahoma, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • 1934-02-21 Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • 1934-06-05 Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers' Journal)
  • 1934-11-17 James M Inhofe, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 1935-05-09 Nokie Edwards, Lahoma, Oklahoma, American guitarist (The Ventures)
  • 1937-02-12 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1937-10-05 Barry Switzer, football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1937-10-20 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1937-11-03 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
  • 1938-03-25 Hoyt Axton, actor (Black Stallion, Junkman, Rousters), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • 1938-06-16 Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
  • 1939-06-01 Cleavon Little, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1992)
  • 1939-07-01 Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • 1939-12-11 David Gates, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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1940-03-10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • 1940-03-25 Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
  • 1940-08-09 Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light)
  • 1941-07-18 Marcia Jones Smoke, Oklahoma, 500m kayak (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1942-06-02 Marie Cheatham, Oklahoma, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light)
  • 1942-08-07 B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
  • 1942-09-06 Mel McDaniel, Checotah Oklahoma, singer (Baby's got her Blue Jeans On)
  • 1942-10-21 Elvin Bishop, rock guitarist (Fooled Around & Fell in Love), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944-02-22 E J Peaker, actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944-09-21 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1945-04-09 Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1946-08-15 Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)
  • 1947-04-08 Cindy Pickett, Norman Oklahoma, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
  • 1947-09-23 Mary Kay Place, actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1948-03-14 Tom Coburn, American politician, junior senator from Oklahoma
  • 1949-10-27 Jack Daniels, Choctaw Oklahoma, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • 1950-02-11 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 1950-09-19 Rudy Ramos, Lawton Oklahoma, actor (Wind-High Chaparral)
  • 1950-10-17 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • 1951-06-06 Dwight Twilley, country singer (Twilley Don't Mind), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952-11-08 Alfre Woodard, American actress (Primal Fear, Cross Creek), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1954-03-01 Ron Howard, Oklahoma, American actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)
  • 1957-04-12 Vince Gill, country singer (When I Call Your Name), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1957-09-22 Lynn Herring, Enid Oklahoma, actress (Lucy Coe-General Hospital)
  • 1957-11-18 J.C. Watts (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 4th district, in office Jan 3, 1995 - Jan 3, 2003
  • 1958-12-28 Joe Diffie, country singer/guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1959-04-09 Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1961-02-24 Janice Gibson, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown-Warren-15th), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961-05-01 Charlie O'Brien, catcher (Brewers, Mets, Braves, Blue Jays), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961-08-06 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • 1961-11-25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Oly-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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1962-02-07 Garth Brooks, country vocalist (No Fences, Double Live), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1962-02-15 [Babette] Renee Props, Oklahoma, actress (Elly Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1963-06-10 Brad Henry, American politician (current Oklahoma governor)
  • 1963-12-18 Brad Pitt, Shawnee, Oklahoma, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club)
  • 1964-05-11 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965-01-31 Kim Clarke, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1951-12-23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-09-03 American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-12-10 Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Famous Deaths

  • 1959-03-27 Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • 1974-08-03 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • 1978-02-18 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 1986-01-24 Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64
  • 2016-01-24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86