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Oklahoma City @ 125: MAPS, then the bombing

by William Crum Published: April 16, 2014

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
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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