Oklahoma in History

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City - Tulsa

Historical Events

  • 1802-10-10 1st non-Indian settlement in Oklahoma

Trail of Tears

1825-01-27 US Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for the forced relocation of the Eastern Indian tribes via the "Trail of Tears"

  • 1834-06-30 Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
  • 1839-09-06 Cherokee Nation unites and ratifies constitution at Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • 1842-08-14 Second Seminole War declared over by US Army Colonel Worth, after nearly 7 years; more than 3000 Seminole Nation survivors re-located from Florida to Oklahoma, only about 300 allowed to remain [1]

Battle of Interest

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

  • 1889-03-03 US President Harrison announced the government would open the 1.9 million-acre tract of Indian Territory for settlement precisely at noon on April 22
  • 1889-04-22 A 1.9 million-acre tract of Indian Territory for white colonial settlement in Oklahoma officially starts at 12pm
  • 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
  • 1908-02-04 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma with the addition to the Union of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907
  • 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
  • 1921-05-31 A large-scale race riot breaks out in Tulsa, Oklahoma, later described as the worst incident of racial violence in American history; around 150-300 African Americans killed [1]
  • 1923-09-15 Governor 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)
  • 1951-07-13 Great Flood: 2.000,000 acres in Kansas and Missouri in central US are flooded from rain swollen Missouri and Kansas Rivers
  • 1951-10-20 The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1952-12-02 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • 1956-08-04 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed

US Golf Open

1958-06-14 US Open Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Native Oklahoman Tommy Bolt wins his only major championship, 4 strokes ahead of 22-year old South African Gary Player

  • 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 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1982-01-19 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School, Oklahoma, kills 6 children & teacher
  • 1984-05-26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1984-09-10 Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • 1985-06-25 Fireworks factory near Hallett, Oklahoma, explodes killing 21
  • 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 and 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 cancel an April reunion because of the 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
  • 1997-09-29 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
  • 1997-12-23 Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing
  • 2001-01-03 College Football, 3rd BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl
  • 2003-12-13 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2004-01-04 College Football, 6th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14 at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 2005-01-04 College Football, 7th BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC later vacates Championship)
  • 2008-12-15 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2009-01-08 College Football, 11th BCS National Championship, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14
  • 2009-06-25 NBA Draft: Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2010-04-22 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 2016-09-22 Police officer Betty Shelby charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2017-12-09 83rd Heisman Trophy Award: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2018-04-26 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for first time in history
  • 2018-12-08 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2019-03-26 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic
  • 2019-04-25 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray #1 pick by Arizona Cardinals
  • 2019-05-23 More than 170 tornadoes reported in a week in US states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, killing seven and causing widespread damage
  • 2019-05-25 Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens
  • 2019-05-28 Johnson & Johnson go on trial in Oklahoma accused of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying risks of addiction helping create "opioid epidemic", first of 2,000 cases against US pharmaceutical firms
  • 2019-06-19 Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress
  • 2019-08-26 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay state of Oklahoma $572 million in 1st trial against opioid manufacturer
  • 2019-11-04 Largest mass commutation in US history when 462 non-violent inmates freed from Oklahoma prisons as part of state prison reforms
  • 2019-12-28 52nd Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semi final): #1 LSU beats #4 Oklahoma, 63-28

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1852-09-10 Alice Brown Davis, first female Principal Chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma (1922-35), born in Park Hill, Indian Territory (d. 1935)
  • 1870-10-23 Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)

Will Rogers

1879-11-04 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), born in Oologah, Oklahoma (d. 1935)

  • 1885-01-11 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), born in Kingfisher Creek, Oklahoma (d. 1965)

Jim Thorpe

1887-05-28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

  • 1888-09-16 Almira Sessions, American actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1890-07-25 Julian Rivero, American actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1890-07-27 Judith Lowry, American actress (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • 1893-06-25 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1898-02-12 Roy Harris, American composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home: An American Overture), born near Chandler, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • 1898-03-13 Josie Sedgwick, American actress (The Best Man, Queen of the Round-Up), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1898-04-21 Steve Owen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (NY Giants) and coach (NFL C'ship 1927, 34, 38; NY Giants), born in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma (d. 1964)
  • 1900-11-20 Chester Gould, American cartoonist (Dick Tracy), born in Pawnee, Oklahoma (d. 1985)
  • 1901-05-09 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), born in Fairmont, West Virginia (d. 1976)
  • 1904-06-30 Glenda Farrell, American actress (Golddiggers of 1935), born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 1971)
  • 1904-12-07 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), born in Watonga, Oklahoma (d. 1985)
  • 1905-01-17 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1905-09-18 Agnes De Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1905-11-26 Bob Johnson, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1933-45 (Philadelphia Athletics, and two other teams), born in Pryor, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • 1905-12-05 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1906-09-27 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma (d. 1977)
  • 1906-12-07 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1907-04-03 Iron Eyes Cody [Espera Oscar de Corti], Italian-American actor (Keep America Beautiful, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • 1908-02-02 Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma (d. 1993)
  • 1908-10-09 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer, and lyricist (Night in Manhattan; "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere"), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • 1908-12-02 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), born in Vinson, Oklahoma (d. 1974)
  • 1909-05-06 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), born in Stigler, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1910-12-13 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), born in Walters, Oklahoma (d. 1971)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1912-07-01 Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (Vogue magazine) and manager (Lord & Taylor), born in El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma (d. 1989)

Woody Guthrie

1912-07-14 Woody Guthrie [Woodrow Wilson], American folk singer-songwriter (This Land Is Your Land) and peace activist, born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 1967)

  • 1912-09-24 Donald "Don" Porter, American actor (Gidget, The Ann Sothern Show), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1997)
  • 1913-04-25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1914-07-26 Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], American songwriter ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; "The Trolley Song"), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1914-09-05 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), born in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • 1914-10-25 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1914-11-14 Ken Carson, American singer (Garry Moore Show), born in Coalgate, Oklahoma
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916-03-31 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), born in Haworth, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1916-04-23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1916-07-09 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1917-07-14 Douglas Edwards, American newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI), born in Alda, Oklahoma (1990)
  • 1918-01-24 Oral Roberts, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College, born in Pontotoc County Oklahoma (d. 2009)

Sam Walton

1918-03-29 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma (d. 1992)

  • 1918-04-30 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1918-06-13 Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), born in Foraker, Shidler, Oklahoma (d. 1996)

Paul Harvey

1918-09-04 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and Radio Broadcaster (Rest of the story), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

Jennifer Jones

1919-03-02 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

  • 1919-05-09 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1920-02-26 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (Felix-Odd Couple), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1920-03-24 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1920-10-01 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1920-11-12 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), born in Gracemont, Oklahoma (d. 1990)
  • 1921-03-12 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!; Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1921-04-10 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist ("The Purple People Eater"), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • 1921-05-23 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), born in Hastings, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • 1921-08-26 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1922-01-07 Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1922-03-04 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing; Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1922-07-21 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American singer (Wheel of Fortune), born in Dougherty Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1922-07-22 Dan Rowan, American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Beggs, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1922-07-26 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1922-11-21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach, born in Ryan, Oklahoma (d. 2002)
  • 1923-01-03 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1923-03-11 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1923-07-14 Dale Robertson, American actor (Death Valley Days, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Iron Horse), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1923-09-25 Sam Rivers, American jazz and avant garde saxophonist, flutist, composer, and bandleader, born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1923-10-17 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1924-01-26 James W. McCord Jr., American CIA officer who led the Watergate break-in, born in Waurika, Oklahoma (d. 2017)

Maria Tallchief

1925-01-24 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

  • 1926-10-03 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • 1926-11-19 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN (R), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • 1926-12-01 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, born in Bristow, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1927-02-27 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1927-03-06 Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, Shawnee Oklahoma, USAF/astronaut (Mer 9, Gem 5)

Patti Page

1927-11-08 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

  • 1928-04-07 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1928-05-07 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)

T. Boone Pickens

1928-05-22 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co) known as the 'Oracle of Oil', born in Holdenville, Oklahoma (d. 2019)

  • 1928-09-11 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1928-11-16 (William) "Clu" Gulager, American actor (Virginian; The Tall Man; The Last Picture Show), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • 1928-11-17 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 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 P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • 1929-07-09 (Barton) Lee Hazlewood, American pop-country songwriter, singer, and producer ("Summer Wine"; Nancy Sinatra -"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"; Frank and Nancy - "Something Stupid"), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)

Vera Miles

1929-08-23 Vera Miles, American actress (Psycho;The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in Boise City, Oklahoma

  • 1929-12-23 (Chesney) "Chet" Baker, American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1930-01-16 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1930-01-23 William Reid Pogue, American fighter pilot & astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1930-06-30 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), born in Perkins, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1930-09-12 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1930-09-17 Thomas P. Stafford, American Air Force officer and astronaut (Gem 6 9, Ap 10 18), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1930-11-10 Gene Conley, American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1959–1961; Boston Celtics), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1930-11-13 Fred Harris, American politician (Sen-D-Okla, 1964-73), born in Walters, Oklahoma
  • 1930-11-22 Owen Kay Garriott, American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut (Skylab 3; STS-9), born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 2019)
  • 1931-01-20 Earl Grant, American pop pianist, organist, and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, American football coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1931-03-22 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), born in Cleveland, Oklahoma (d. 2001)

Mickey Mantle

1931-10-20 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball HOF outfielder (1956 Triple Crown; 20 x MLB All Star; 7 × World Series; 3 × AL MVP; NY Yankees), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

  • 1931-11-08 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), born in Leedey, Oklahoma (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings

Mickey Mantle

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

José Ferrer

1953-07-13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

Gloria Steinem

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

Wedding of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

  • 1935-06-21 Alice Brown Davis, first female Principal Chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma (1922-35), dies at 82
  • 1959-03-27 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • 1974-08-03 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • 1976-02-23 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American stage and screen actor, noted as sidekick in Westerns (Oklahoma Annie; Cowboy & the Lady), dies at 74
  • 1976-02-24 Julian Rivero, American actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), dies at 85
  • 1978-02-18 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 1983-12-04 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), dies at 77
  • 1986-01-24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1993-07-09 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), commits suicide at 81
  • 1994-02-09 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • 1996-09-16 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • 2001-11-17 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), dies at 70
  • 2016-01-24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86