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-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: -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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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)
  • 1923-03-11 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2014)

Person of interestFrank Gehry

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

Architect Frank Gehry
Architect
Frank Gehry
  • 1931-07-14 Donald Eugene Webb, 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 (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 (After Midnight), 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 Ed Caruthers Jr, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1945-04-13 Bob Kalsu, American football player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 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

Person of interestJohnny Bench

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

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 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

Person of interestElizabeth Warren

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

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • 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

Person of interestJoe Carter

1960-03-07 Joe Carter, 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

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 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, NFL linebacker (Seattle), 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, vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970-11-19 Rickey Brady, 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), 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


Person of interestTimothy McVeigh

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

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh