Oklahoma City in History

Oklahoma: Tulsa

Historical Events

  • 1922-03-16 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
  • 1935-07-16 First automatic parking meter in the United States is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1942-06-12 Tornado kills 35 in Oklahoma City
  • 1949-06-06 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953-12-20 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-07-15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-04-13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-08-19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • 1959-01-26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-08-19 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
  • 1964-02-04 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
  • 1989-12-22 Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pittsburgh, 18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska, -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • 1995-04-19 Oklahoma City bombing - a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building kills 168 & injures 500
  • 1995-04-21 FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh & charge him with Oklahoma City bombing

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1995-04-23 President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1997-06-02 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • 1997-06-13 Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • 1997-08-14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals
  • 1998-05-27 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • 1998-06-04 Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1999-03-08 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1999-05-03 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
  • 2001-02-19 An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 2004-03-01 Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
  • 2004-05-26 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1905-01-13 Kay Francis [Katherine E Gibbs], American actress (False Madonna), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1968)
  • 1906-02-10 Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • 1913-02-14 James Pike, bishop (Beyond Anxiety), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1914-03-01 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast), born in Oklahoma City (d. 1994)
  • 1916-03-06 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1920-07-03 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1920-11-01 James J Kilpatrick, columnist (60 Minutes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1923-09-20 Frances Heflin, actress (Mona Tyler-All My Children), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1929-02-28 Frank O Gehry, architect (Galleria-Oklahoma City)
  • 1931-07-14 Donald Eugene Webb, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1934-01-23 Lou Antonio, actor (Barney-Snoop Sisters, Makin' It), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1935-08-22 Richard W Howard, 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1935-10-15 Barry McGuire, American singer (Eve of Destruction), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1936-07-09 James Hampton, actor (Bugler Dobbs-F Troop, Teen Wolf), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, rock vocalist/guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938-12-05 John J Cale, rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939-08-18 Molly Bee, actress (Pinky Lee Show), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1942-10-13 Pamela Tiffin, [Pamela Wonso], actress (Viva Max!), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1943-06-09 Joe Haldeman, American sci-fi author (The Forever War), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1946-06-23 Ted Shackelford, actor (Gary-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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1947-12-07 Johnny Bench, MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 1949-03-19 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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1949-06-22 Elizabeth Warren, American academic and US Senator (D-Massachusetts), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • 1952-04-02 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1954-10-02 Greg Jennings, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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1960-03-07 Joe Carter, MLB outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1960-09-16 Mickey Tettleton, catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1962-01-05 Suzy Amis, American actress (Blame it on Rio, Where the Heart is), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965-03-09 Brian Bosworth, NFL linebacker (Seattle), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965-06-21 Michael Dolan, actor (Hamburger Hill, Liberace), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965-12-16 Cynthia Lynne White, Miss Oklahoma-America (1991-top 10), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1968-06-21 Brandon Douglas, actor (Dr Quinn, Father's Homecoming), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1968-09-26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • 1969-11-06 Bryan Abrams, singer (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970-09-27 Mark Caldero, vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1972-01-09 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider and businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1972-05-02 Jennifer Miriam, playmate (March, 1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973-07-27 Amy Linn Duncan, Miss America-Oklahoma (1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1975-01-12 Chase Hampton, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1977-06-28 Lindsay Lee, tennis star (1995 Futures-Woodlands TX), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-12 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City