Tulsa in History

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Historical Events

  • 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]
  • 1943-01-01 9th Sugar Bowl: #7 Tennessee beats #4 Tulsa, 14-7
  • 1944-01-01 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • 1945-01-01 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • 1949-11-30 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-18 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-12-05 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 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

  • 1959-01-12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-10-04 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1977-06-19 US Open Golf, Southern Hills CC: Hubert Green shoots 2-under 278 to beat Lou Graham by 1 stroke
  • 1984-05-26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1985-11-02 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
  • 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
  • 2016-09-22 Police officer Betty Shelby charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1913-04-25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)

Susan HaywardSusan Hayward (1917-1975)

1917-06-30 American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York

Paul HarveyPaul Harvey (1918-2009)

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

Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones (1919-2009)

1919-03-02 American actress (Farewell to Arms), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • 1920-02-26 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (Felix-Odd Couple), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1920-10-01 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1921-08-26 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1922-03-04 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing; Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1922-07-26 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1928-05-07 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • 1934-07-10 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • 1937-02-12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1939-12-11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread - "Baby I'm A Want You"; "If"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941-09-21 R. James Woolsey, Jr., American lawyer and director of Central Intelligence Agency, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1942-04-27 Jim Keltner, American session drummer (Bob Dylan; George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; Harry Nilsson; Richard Thompson; Traveling Wilburys; Elvis Costello; Joe Cocker; Ry Cooder; Eric Clapton; Carly Simon; Jackson Browne; Randy Newman; and others...), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1942-06-18 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1942-10-21 Elvin Bishop, American blues-rock guitarist and songwriter ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love"), born in Glendale, California,
  • 1944-01-06 Henry Kravis, American businessman & author (The Money Machine), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944-02-22 E. J. Peaker, American actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1945-04-09 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1946-11-20 Judy Woodruff, American newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1947-09-23 Mary Kay Place, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Loretta"), and country singer ("Baby Boy"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1950-07-01 David Duke, American white nationalist politician and K.K.K. member, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951-05-09 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate, 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951-06-06 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951-09-05 Jamie Oldaker, American session and touring drummer (Bob Seger; Leon Russell; Eric Clapton; Peter Frampton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1952-04-12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard (70 years old)

1952-11-08 American actress (Primal Fear, Cross Creek), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • 1958-12-28 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1961-05-01 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask; World Series 1995 Atlanta Braves), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961-11-25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks (60 years old)

1962-02-07 American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • 1964-05-11 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Watchmen), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1964-07-17 Heather Langenkamp, American actress (Marie-Just the 10 of Us), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965-01-31 Kim Clarke, American team handball back court (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1970-11-24 Jason Jacome, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1978-06-07 Bill Hader, American comedian and actor (Saturday Night Live, Barry), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1979-01-07 Ryan Tedder, American singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1979-08-20 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1979-09-17 Billy Miller, American actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1980-01-10 Matt Roney, American baseball player, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1980-11-17 [Clarke] Isaac Hanson, American pop singer and guitarist (Hanson - "MMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1983-03-14 (Jordan) Taylor Hanson, American pop singer and keyboard player (Hanson - "MMMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1985-10-22 Zac Hanson, American pop drummer and singer (Hanson - "MMMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jacob SartoriusJacob Sartorius (20 years old)

2002-10-02 American singer (Sweatshirt) and internet personality, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma


Famous Weddings

  • 2006-09-30 Hanson pop rocker Isaac Hanson (25) weds Nicole Dufresne (22) at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma