Today in Oklahoma History

Cities in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City - Tulsa

Historical Events

Events 1 - 50 of 50

1802-10-10 - 1st non-Indian settlement in Oklahoma
1825-01-27 - U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
1834-06-30 - Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
1842-08-14 - Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
1868-11-27 - Battle at Washita River, Oklahoma. General Custer attacks group of Native American Indians, their chief Black Kettle dies in the attack
Union General George Armstrong CusterUnion General George Armstrong Custer 1889-03-23 - Pres Harrison opens Oklahoma for white colonization
1889-04-22 - Oklahoma land rush officially started; some were "sooner"
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
1908-02-27 - Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
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
1921-06-01 - Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)
1923-09-15 - Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror
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)
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)
1951-08-11 - 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
1951-10-20 - The "Johnny Bright Incident" occurred in Stillwater, Oklahoma
1952-12-02 - 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
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
1972-12-31 - 39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0
1978-11-28 - 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)
1982-01-19 - Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Oklahoma, kills 6 kids & teacher
1984-05-26 - Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
1986-01-01 - Oklahoma wins Orange Bowl for college football championship
1986-01-21 - Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
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 & 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 cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
1989-06-09 - Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football
1991-04-26 - 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
1995-03-16 - Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
1996-03-28 - Katie Beam, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 35th Miss Teenage America
1997-08-14 - Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh
1997-09-29 - Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
1997-12-23 - Terry Nichols found guilty of manslaughter in Oklahoma bombing

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 94 of 94

1870-10-23 - Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)
1888-05-28 - James Francis 'Jim' Thorpe, Prague Oklahoma, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold 1912) (d. 1953)
1888-09-16 - Almira Sessions, Washington DC, actress (Oklahoma Annie)
1890-07-25 - Julian Rivero, SF CA, actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express)
1893-06-25 - Charlotte Greenwood, Phila, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami)
1898-02-12 - [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Versatile Athlete Jim ThorpeVersatile Athlete Jim Thorpe (1888-05-28) 1898-03-13 - Josie Sedgwick, TX, actress (Son of Oklahoma)
1901-05-09 - Fuzzy Knight, Fairmont WV, actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady)
1904-01-17 - Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
1905-09-18 - Agnes De Mille, NYC, choreographer (Oklahoma)
1908-02-02 - Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
1910-12-13 - Van Heflin, Walters Oklahoma, actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary)
1912-09-24 - Don Porter, Miami Oklahoma, actor (Russ Lawrence-Gidget, Ann Sothern Show)
1914-09-05 - Gail Kubik, South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, composer (Gerald McBoing Boing)
1914-11-14 - Ken Carson, Coalgate Oklahoma, singer (Garry Moore Show)
1916-04-23 - Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
1917-07-14 - Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
1918-01-24 - Oral Roberts, Pontotoc County Oklahoma, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College
1918-06-13 - Ben Johnson, Foraker Oklahoma, actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), (d. 1996)
ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul HarveyABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey (1918-09-04) 1918-09-04 - Paul Harvey, Tulsa Oklahoma, news commentator (Rest of the story)
1919-03-02 - Jennifer Jones, [Phyllis Isley], Oklahoma, actress (Farewell to Arms)
1920-03-24 - Gene Nelson, [Berg], Seattle Wash, actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma)
1920-10-01 - Lonny Chapman, Tulsa Oklahoma, actor (Investigator, For the People)
1921-03-12 - Gordon MacRae, East Orange NJ, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel)
1921-04-10 - Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
1922-07-02 - Dan Rowan, Beggs Oklahoma, comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in)
1922-07-21 - Kay Starr, Dougherty Oklahoma, singer (Rock & Roll Waltz, Club Oasis)
1923-03-11 - A Louise Brough Clapp, Oklahoma, tennis player (4 time Wimbledon champ)
1926-11-19 - Jeane J Kirkpatrick, Duncan Oklahoma, US ambassador to UN (R)
1926-12-01 - Robert Symonds, Bristow Oklahoma, actor (Robert E. Lee-Blue & Gray)
1927-03-06 - Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, Shawnee Oklahoma, USAF/astronaut (Mer 9, Gem 5)
1928-04-07 - James Garner, Norman Oklahoma, actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick)
1928-11-16 - Clu Gulager, Holdenville Oklahoma, actor (Virginian, Survivors, Tall Man)
1929-05-06 - John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
1930-01-23 - William Reid Pogue, Okemah Oklahoma, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4), (d. 2014)
1930-11-22 - Owen Kay Garriott, Enid Oklahoma, astronaut (Skylab 3, STS 9)
1931-11-04 - Darla Hood, Leedey Oklahoma, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
1932-02-16 - Gretchen Wyler, Bartlesville Oklahoma, actress (Silk Stockings)
1932-08-17 - Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
1933-11-21 - Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Oklahoma, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1934-02-21 - Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
1934-06-05 - Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers' Journal)
1934-11-17 - James M Inhofe, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
1937-10-05 - Barry Switzer, football coach (Oklahoma)
1937-10-20 - Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
1937-11-03 - Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
1938-03-25 - Hoyt Axton, Duncan Oklahoma, actor (Black Stallion, Junkman, Rousters)
1938-06-16 - Mickie Finn, Hugo Oklahoma, TV hostess/banjo player (Mickie Finn's)
1939-06-01 - Cleavon Little, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers)
1939-07-01 - Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
1940-03-25 - Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
1940-08-09 - Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light)
1941-07-18 - Marcia Jones Smoke, Oklahoma, 500m kayak (Olympic-bronze-1964)
1942-06-02 - Marie Cheatham, Oklahoma, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light)
1942-09-06 - Mel McDaniel, Checotah Oklahoma, singer (Baby's got her Blue Jeans On)
1944-02-22 - E J Peaker, Tulsa Oklahoma, actress (That's Life)
1945-04-09 - Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], Tulsa Oklahoma, country singer
1946-08-15 - Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)
1947-04-08 - Cindy Pickett, Norman Oklahoma, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
1947-09-23 - Mary Kay Place, Tulsa Oklahoma, actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!)
1948-03-14 - Tom Coburn, American politician, junior senator from Oklahoma
1949-10-27 - Jack Daniels, Choctaw Oklahoma, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
1950-02-11 - Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
1950-09-19 - Rudy Ramos, Lawton Oklahoma, actor (Wind-High Chaparral)
1950-10-17 - Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
1951-06-06 - Dwight Twilley, Tulsa Oklahoma, country singer (Twilley Don't Mind)
1952-11-08 - Alfre Woodard, Tulsa, Oklahoma, American actress (Primal Fear, Cross Creek)
1954-03-01 - Ron Howard, Oklahoma, American actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)
1957-04-05 - Vince Gill, Norman Oklahoma, country singer (When I Call Your Name)
1957-09-22 - Lynn Herring, Enid Oklahoma, actress (Lucy Coe-General Hospital)
1957-11-18 - J.C. Watts (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 4th district, in office Jan 3, 1995 - Jan 3, 2003
1959-04-09 - Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
1961-08-06 - Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
1961-11-25 - Kenny Monday, Tulsa Oklahoma, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Oly-88, 92, 96)
1962-02-07 - Garth Brooks, Tulsa Oklahoma, country vocalist (No Fences, Double Live)
1962-02-15 - [Babette] Renee Props, Oklahoma, actress (Elly Snyder-As the World Turns)
1963-06-10 - Brad Henry, American politician (current Oklahoma governor)
1963-12-18 - Brad Pitt, Shawnee, Oklahoma, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club)
1965-01-31 - Kim Clarke, Tulsa Oklahoma, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
1965-08-09 - John Smith, Del City Oklahoma, 62kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-2 gold-88, 92)
1968-06-06 - Brian Wright, Stillwater Oklahoma, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 NM Open-2nd)
1969-01-27 - Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
1970-12-05 - Heather Crickard, Miss Oklahoma USA (1996)
1971-09-16 - Shawntel Smith, Oklahoma, Miss America (1996)
1972-03-31 - John Godina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-silver-96)
1973-11-18 - Steve Christopher Petree, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
1974-01-05 - John Drew Nichols, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
1974-02-16 - Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
1974-08-02 - Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter
1975-11-02 - Danny Cooksey, Moore Oklahoma, actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes)
1976-01-16 - Trisha Stillwell, Miss USA-Oklahoma (1997, top 10)
1978-09-15 - Amanda Rochelle Penix, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1997)
1979-10-08 - [Gregory] Chad Petree, Shawne Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
1981-01-18 - Latoya Farley, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1996)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Journalist Gloria SteinemJournalist Gloria Steinem (2000-09-03) 2000-09-03 - American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma
2005-12-10 - Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 4 of 4

1959-03-27 - Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
1974-08-03 - Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
1978-02-18 - Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
1986-01-24 - Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64


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