From a rock band to a zoo exhibit, enduring popularity is the hallmark of events that were conceived in the mid 1980s.
• In 1983, Wayne Coyne forms the psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.
• Construction begins in June 1984 on the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Aquaticus marine life center.
• In December 1985, city officials approve a plan for construction of Remington Park racetrack.
• In 1986, Terry Childers becomes Oklahoma City’s first African-American city manager.
• Oklahoma City celebrates the first of its grand downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations, Opening Night, in 1987.
Source: City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.