BY RYAN ABER
In Sunday’s Oklahoman, I wrote about the “threes” across the first 99 years of the paper’s All-State football team.
After the jump, here’s a look back at what was going on in the world on the day when those All-State teams were published:
Dec. 21, 2003
News: Nichols’ writings may be evidence
“Prosecutors want to use evidence against Terry Nichols at his state trial that was banned from his federal case, The Oklahoman has learned.
“Most of the evidence involves Nichols’ so-called “anti government” writings before the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.”
Sports: Sutton in Hog Heaven: OSU wins in coach’s return to Fayetteville
“FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.–It doesn’t rank with U.S. Reed’s half-court shot that lifted the Eddie Sutton-coached Razorbacks past defending national champion Louisville in the 1981 NCAA tournament.
“It doesn’t rank with Bryant Reeves’ half-court miracle that forced overtime in a Sutton-coached Oklahoma State win over Missouri at Gallagher-Iba Area.
“Still, half-court shots are memorable. And John Lucas picked an ideal setting, Sutton’s return to Arkansas, to bank in a half-court shot at the first-half buzzer, the momentum-changing play in OSU’s 73-58 win Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.”
Dec. 19, 1993
News: Vote Shows City’s Divisions: Affluent Areas Carried Day For Sales Tax
“Imagine droves of northwest Oklahoma City residents north of NW 50 going to the polls and overwhelmingly voting in favor of Oklahoma City’s 1-cent sales tax increase.
“Then imagine another large group of voters in the growing residential areas southeast of the Interstate 44 and 240 interchange doing almost the same thing.
“Those were the two key groups that helped the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) proposal nab a 54 percent victory in last Tuesday’s election, an analysis shows.”
Sports: Pokes Kings of the Mat: Bedlam Wrestling Ends No. 1-Sided
“STILLWATER–The theory that Bedlam wrestling was once again a competitive proposition was struck down in a hurry Saturday afernoon.
“With Joey Wildasin striking a blow in the first match and Johnny Martin delivering the knockout two bouts later, any hint of suspense expected from the revival of the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma programs quickly evaporated.
“The Cowboys, bringing a No. 1 ranking into their home opener, bolted to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 28-9 victory over Oklahoma before 4,500 fans in Gallagher-Iba Arena.”
Jan. 1, 1984
News: DHS Survives $78 Million Cut
“Department of Human Services Director Robert Fulton talks about slashing $78 million from his agency’s $1.1 billion budget the way most people talk about missing a morning cup of coffee.
“‘It hasn’t been tremendously traumatic,’ Fulton said. ‘It hasn’t been business as usual in the sense we could do everything we wanted to do, but it hasn’t been tremendously disruptive, either.’”
“The $78 million in spending cuts were forced on DHS in fiscal year 1983 when sales tax revenues fell way short of expectations. DHS made the cuts. The agency survived.”
Sports: Pokes Put Bears Away Early, 24-14
“HOUSTON–Baylor ranked only eighth among nine Southwest Conference football teams in total defense. It showed. Oklahoma State’s defense was called by BU’s Grant Teaff, ‘One of the quickest I’ve ever seen for all 11 players.’ That held true to form, too.
“But what the sellout Astrodome crowd didn’t expect in Oklahoma State’s 24-14 victory Saturday night over Baylor in the 25th annual Bluebonnet Bowl was a remarkable display by OSU’s Rusty Hilger.
“Hey, what was going on here? Baylor, not Oklahoma State, was supposed to have the quarterbacks. Three of them, in fact. OSU’s signal-callers were supposed to do just that–call the signals and hand off to the tailbacks.”
Dec. 16, 1973
News: Hall Reports Net Worth Has Dropped Since ’71: Holdings, Debts Outlined, Blast Aimed at IRS Probes In Statement by Governor
“Gov. David Hall’s net worth has decreased almost $17,000 since he became governor, he said Saturday.
“‘Hiring attorneys and accountants … has cost me more than the salary of the office of the governor,’ Gov. Hall said in a blistering attack on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“‘I have had to borrow money to pay those bills.’”
“In a briefing at the state capitol conducted by his press secretary, Ed Hardy, the governor released a statement in which he said agents of the IRS have checked and rechecked his financial records for the years 1968 through 1972 for nearly three years.”
Sports: What A Day For Lucious
“EUFAULA–Some folks always thought that Lucious Selmon was the nicest thing that ever happened to Eufaula. But here Saturday Eufaula became the nicest thing that ever happened to Lucious Selmon.
“Ol’ No. 98 chugged back into his home town for a parade, various honors from various dignitaries, and most importantly, a chance for his home town to express its thanks to the Oklahoma Sooner All-American.
“‘I think it’s fantastic,’ said Lucious, who obviously was touched by the day’s events. ‘I know a lot of people put in a lot of effort putting this all together. No words can express it.’”
Dec. 22, 1963
News: Defiant House Fails To Vote On Aid Bill, Blocks Adjournment: Carl Albert Threatens Christmas Day Session If Necessary in Quarrel
“WASHINGTON–The house failed Saturday to reach a vote on a compromise $3-billion foreign aid money bill.
“This inaction apparently killed any chance for early enactment of the measure or for sine die adjournment of this session of congress before the next one starts January 7.
“This would make the first session of the 88th congress, already a peacetime record-breaker for length, the first around-the-calendar congress since Korean War days.
“Although the disputed measure is an appropriations bill, the deadlock developed over demands in the house for a ban on government-backed credit for sales of U.S. goods to Soviet-bloc nations and the senate’s insistence that the president be allowed to permit such guarantees in the national interest.”
Sports: Trull Riddles Bengals, 14-7
“HOUSTON–Dashing Don Trull, the wonder boy from Oklahoma City, smashed seven Bluebonnet Bowl records Saturday in guiding Baylor to a come-from-behind , 14-7 victory over Louisiana State.
“The nation’s leading collegiate passer this season completed 26 of 37 passes for 255 yards, all Bluebonnet records. He also ran the most offensive plays in the five-year history of this classic. He proceeded to pile up the most total yardage (257), threw the most touchdown passes (two) and had the best passing percentage (.703).
“The Southeast High School product never lost his poise in the face of an LSU rush that threw him for 37 yards in losses. Time and again he evaded one, two or even three would-be tacklers to fire one of his perfectly aimed bullets.”
Dec. 20, 1953
News: Convicts Seize Two Women as Hostages In Michigan Escape: 13 Tunnel Out, Spread Terror In Their Flight
“JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 19–Five desperate convicts grabbed a 28-year-old housewife and a 31-year-old nurse as hostages Saturday night in a wild flight following their escape from Southern Michigan prison.
“Thirteen escaped and all terrorized one household, stealing a gun and an automobile, before breaking up. Five were caught within three house as state police pumped bullets into their careering stolen car. It went into a ditch. A sixth was picked up an hour later. Two are believed holed up in Jackson.
“Escape was through a prison sewer in which the band of convicted murderers, robbers, buglars and kidnappers used an acetylene torch to cut three saw-proof steel gratings designed to make sewer escape impossible.”
Sports: Tulsans Top Utah, 56 to 51, For Fifth Win
“TULSA, Dec. 19–With Tulsa university’s one-two punch of Dick Nunnely and Bob Patterson pouring through 19 points apiece, the Golden Hurricane blew past Utah, 56-51, here Saturday night before a Fairground’s pavilion crowd of 2,383 fans.
“It was the fifth victory in eight starts for the smooth-working Tulsa U quintet which moves on to Oklahoma City just after Christmas for the 18th annual All-College tournament.”
Dec. 5, 1943
News: Allis Driving Toward Rome; Nazi Lines In Italy Cracked
“ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Algiers, Dec. 4–Smashing forward behind an air and artillery bombardment so titanic that some German troops were driven insane, Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark’s American and British Fifth army has broken into the heart of the enemy’s winter line to a depth of two miles and is driving toward Rome ‘according to plan,’ the allies announced Saturday.
“The thunderous bombardment which laid down a curtain of fire in front of Clark’s charging troops was described as one of the greatest in the history of warfare–perhaps even greater than that which broke the German line at El Alamein in Egypt, because it was concentrated on a smaller area.”
Sports: Landis Denies Cox Reversal On Bet Ruling
“NEW YORK, Dec. 4–For six and a half hours Saturday, William D. Cox, recently resigned president of the Philadelphia Phillies, pleaded with Commissioner Kenesaw M. Landis to take back the decision barring him from baseball for life for betting on ball games. Then the commissioner spoke for half an hour–and said ‘no.’
“In an open hearing in a jammed hotel meeting room, Cox tried to prove through his own testimony and that of a series of witnesses that when he admitted to Landis that he had made 15 to 20 bets of from $25 to $100 each on the Phils, it was part of a plan to ‘smoke out’ someone in the Phillies’ organization of whose loyalty he was suspicious.”
Dec. 10, 1933
News: Drunk Drivers To Face Prison: County Joins With City To Curb Menace
“Declaring war on drunken drivers, Mike Foster, police judge, Saturday announced a drastic policy of holding drunken motorists for felony investigation by county officers after their arrest by police.
“His action was followed by an announcement of the county attorney’s office that it will join the police program against drunken drivers with vigorous prosecution of cases charging felonies.
“‘Our policy will continue to deal severely with drunken drivers,’ John Eberle, assistant county attorney, said. ‘The office will co-operate with police wholeheartedly. In many of those particular cases, however, complainants create difficulty in the prosecution because of their tendency to withdraw complaints if the offender pays for damages done the other automobile.’”
Sports: Trojans Whip Huskies, 13-7
“LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9–Southern California came from behind Saturday to defeat Washington, 13 to 7, and go into a tie with Stanford and Oregon for the football championship of the Pacific coast conference.
“The final game of the season left the leaders deadlocked, each with four victories and one defeat. Some 35,000 spectators saw the season’s end.
“The Trojans won the game in the second period when the elusive Cotton Warburton scored two touchdowns, cashing in on mistakes of the Huskies. The visitors had stepped out in front on a touchdown in the second period, a pass play from Walter Hansen to Bill Smith netting 59 yards.”
Dec. 9, 1923
News: ‘Reds’ Hide Behind Anti-Klan Mask: Russian Plans To Take State Are Blown Up
“‘Not anti-klan, but pro-soviet.’
“That is the charge hurled at J.C. Walton, Pat Nagle, Aldrich Blake and company by Fred T. Miller, president of the Oklahoma Consitutionalists.
“Disclosing months of secret work in the camp of communists and radicals, Miller Saturday in an official statement tore the cover off Oklahoma radical politics, asserted that the anti-klan mask covers a direct tie-up with Russian soviet propaganda as exposed by Secretary Hughes from Washington Thursday, and outlined the definite plan of the radicals to abolish constitutional government in Oklahoma.”
Sports: Paddock May Be Excluded From American Olympic Team
“Charles Paddock, America’s crack sprinter, will not be allowed to compete for a position on the 1924 American Olympic team until he has cleared himself of charges with the American Athletic Union, it was announced Saturday by the American Olympic committee.
“It was decided to leave Paddock’s case entirely with the A.A.U., which has appointed a special committee to consider it.
“The issues involved in the controversy that has raged about Paddock for several months include charges that he is alleged to have made against the A.A.U. and athletes of that organization, in regard to their amateur standing; allegations that Paddock himself had sacrificed his amateur standing in going on a lecture tour; charges that he failed to reimburse the Olympic committee for funds loaned to him in 1920 and his alleged failure to comply with a request that he account for expenses furnished him in coming to New York from Los Angeles for an athletic meet.”
Dec. 7, 1913
News: Battleship Oklahoma Soon To Be Added To Navy: Miss Cruce Is To Name Battleship
“The next ‘man-o’war’ to be recruited by the United States navy will be named ‘Oklahoma’ and will be so christened by Miss Lorena Cruce, daughter of the governor in City Island, New York, some time in the month of March.
“The big battleship, which will bear the name of the new state, is now nearing completion and when it is ready for service Governor Cruce will name the day on which the ship will be christened and launched with all the ceremony usually attending such occasions. The ship building company will notify the navy and the navy department in turn will notify the governor that the ship is ready for launching.”
Sports: Orange and Black Selects All-Star: Student Publication Names Six Sooners and Five Aggies For Honors
“STILLWATER, Okla. Dec. 6–The Orange and Black, the weekly paper published by the students of the Oklahoma A. and M. college, has made public its selection of an all-Oklahoma football eleven. Having taken into careful consideration from an unbiased and impartial standpoint the real merits of the players, after seeing the teams of the two great institutions of the state in action frequently for the past two years and believing that the work done this year and not that of last year or that probably to come next year should be the deciding factor in determining the all-star aggregation, the selector at the Aggie college has decided as above.”