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Oklahoma City @ 125: Party like it's the 1980s

by William Crum Published: April 14, 2014
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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.


by William Crum
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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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