• 100 years ago
On Sept. 30, 1913, the state fair was still in full swing. Oklahoma City Mayor Whit Grant proclaimed a half holiday, asking all the merchants to close their stores at noon and send everyone to the fair.
The next day, The Oklahoman described the scene: “Everybody went to the State Fair Tuesday, judging from the crowd that poured through the gate from early morning until late afternoon. It was Oklahoma City Day, and the city declared a half holiday in order to give everybody a chance to see the exposition. The stores all closed at noon and this let out the biggest crowd which started for the fair grounds at once. The street car service was taxed to the limit and the gatekeepers were busy until several hours later.
• 75 years ago
Friday, Sept. 30, 1938, The Oklahoman’s headline read:”HITLER WINS CZECH BORDER The Agreement That Means No European War.”
Unfortunately, history would tell a different story. The photograph of leaders of the countries attending the Munich conference carried this note:
“AP Photo, Munich to Berlin by plane, Berlin to New York by radio, New York to Oklahoma City by wirephoto.”
• 50 years ago
The Belle Isle Branch of the Oklahoma City Library System opened Monday, Sept. 30, 1963, after the dedication on Sunday. The library branch still serves patrons at Northwest Expressway and Villa.
The state fair was celebrating a successful nine-day run with a total attendance of 715,666 fairgoers.
• 25 years ago
The Oklahoman announced to the state “America Returns to Space.“
Students across the metro watched the launch of the space shuttle Discovery.
The United States was returning to space 32 months after the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986.
State, local and national history is available every day in The Oklahoman’s Archives.