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Oklahoma City @ 125: MAPS, then the bombing

by William Crum Published: April 16, 2014
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Oklahoma City begins the mid 1990s with a collective decision to invest in itself, but then a terrorist strikes the heartland.

• Voters in 1993 approve the Metropolitan Area Projects sales tax, promoted by Mayor Ron Norick as key to ending a decade of economic doldrums.

• Oklahoma City resident and former Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds dies at age 77 the day after Christmas in 1994. He was 7-2 in nine World Series starts.

• A terrorist destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people.

• In 1996, a national television audience joins in Oklahoma City’s remembrance of the Murrah Building bombing.

• In 1997, President Clinton signs legislation creating the Oklahoma City National Memorial as a unit of the National Park System.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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