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 150-200 African Americans killed
  • 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, OK (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

Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
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: -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
  • 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)

Person of interestSusan Hayward

1917-06-30 Susan Hayward, American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward

Person of interestPaul Harvey

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

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

Person of interestJennifer Jones

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

  • 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), 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 James Lee "Jim" Keltner, American drummer, described as "the leading session drummer in America", 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, rock guitarist (Fooled Around & Fell in Love), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 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, actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!), 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, country singer (Twilley Don't Mind), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951-09-05 Jamie Oldaker, American musician (461 Oceans Boulevard), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952-04-12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952-11-08 Alfre Woodard, 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

Person of interestGarth Brooks

1962-02-07 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences, Double Live), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1964-05-11 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, 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, 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, singer (Hanson-MMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1983-03-14 Jordan Taylor Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1985-10-22 Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Person of interestJacob Sartorius

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

Pop Singer Jacob Sartorius
Pop Singer
Jacob Sartorius

Famous Weddings

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