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, Oklahoma
  • 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-in at "whites-only" lunch counter at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [1]
  • 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, OKlahoma
  • 1964-02-04 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
  • 1989-12-22 Cold wave: -6°F in Tulsa, Oklahoma; -12°F in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; -18°F in Denver, Colorado; -23°F in Kansas City, Missouri; -42°F in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; -47°F in Hardin, Montana; and -60°F in Black Hills, South Dakota

Historic Event

1995-04-19 Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500

Historic Event

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

  • 1997-06-02 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 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, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • 1913-02-14 James Pike, American 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)
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1916-03-06 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1920-07-03 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • 1920-09-20 Frances Heflin, American actress (All My Children, The Skin of Our Teeth), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1994)
  • 1920-11-01 James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)

Louise BroughLouise Brough (1923-2014)

1923-03-11 American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Frank GehryFrank Gehry (93 years old)

1929-02-28 Canadian born American architect (Bilbao Guggenheim Museum), born in Toronto, Canada

  • 1931-07-14 Donald Eugene Webb, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1934-01-23 Lou Antonio, American 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-songwriter ("Eve of Destruction"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1936-07-09 James Hampton, American actor (Bugler Dobbs-F Troop, Teen Wolf), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1936-11-18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1938-12-05 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist and songwriter ("After Midnight": "Call Me The Breeze"; "Cocaine"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939-08-18 Molly Bee, American actress (Pinky Lee Show), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1942-06-02 Maree Cheatham, American actress (Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1942-10-13 Pamela Tiffin, American actress (Viva Max!), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1943-06-09 Joe Haldeman, American sci-fi author (The Forever War), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1945-04-13 Bob Kalsu, American NFL football player, 1968 (Buffalo Bills), and US Army officer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1945-04-13 Ed Caruthers Jr, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1946-06-23 Ted Shackelford, American actor (Gary-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Johnny BenchJohnny Bench (75 years old)

1947-12-07 American Baseball HOF catcher (14 x MLB All Star; World Series 1975, 76 [MVP]; NL MVP 1970, 72; 10 x Gold Glove; Cincinnati Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 1949-01-31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1949-03-19 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren (73 years old)

1949-06-22 American academic and US Senator (D-Massachusetts 2013-), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 1954-10-02 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1954-10-13 George Frazier, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Joe CarterJoe Carter (62 years old)

1960-03-07 American MLB outfielder (MLB All-Star 1991–94, 96; World Series 1992, 93; Silver Slugger Award 1991, 92; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 1960-09-16 Mickey Tettleton, American baseball catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1961-02-02 Lauren Lane, American actress (C. C. Babcock-The Nanny), 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, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (National C'ship 1985 Uni of Oklahoma; NFL: Seattle Seahawks), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965-05-30 Billy Donovan Jr., American basketball head coach (Oklahoma City Thunder 2015-19; University of Florida, NCAA Cship 2006-07), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • 1965-06-21 Michael Dolan, American actor (Hamburger Hill, Liberace), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1968-06-21 Brandon Douglas, American 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)
  • 1969-04-15 Phillippi Sparks, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1969-11-16 Bryan Abrams, American singer (Color Me Badd - "I Want to Sex You Up"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970-09-27 Mark Caldero, American vocalist (Color Me Badd - "I Want to Sex You Up"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970-11-19 Rickey Brady, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1972-01-09 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider & businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1974-08-02 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1975-01-12 Chase Hampton, American pop-rocker (The Party - "Rodeo", "That's Why"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1977-06-28 Lindsay Lee, American tennis star (1995 Futures-Woodlands TX), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1979-06-26 Nathan Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1980-07-03 Olivia Munn, American actress (The Newsroom: X-Men: Apocalypse), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1981-05-01 Wes Welker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowls 2008-12; First Team All Pro 2009, 12), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1981-10-25 Austin John Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1983-10-02 Huda Kattan, American-born make-up artist and beauty entrepreneur, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1984-09-10 Matthew Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1989-03-16 Blake Griffin, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons), 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

Famous Deaths

Timothy McVeighTimothy McVeigh (1968-2001)

2001-06-11 American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, executed for bombing Oklahoma City at 33