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Oklahoma City @ 125: Spring weather is ever-present, and a milestone for one of the all-time great Yankees

by William Crum Published: April 7, 2014
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As the 1940s give way to the 1950s, weather forecasting makes a great leap forward at Tinker Air Force Base, and an Oklahoma City-born author publishes an enduring work.

• The first official tornado warning in American history is issued by meteorologists at Tinker Air Force Base on March 25, 1948.

• In 1949, the Lincoln Park Zoo buys a new elephant, Judy, for $3,000. Funds are raised from citizens for the purchase.

• Leapy the Leopard escapes from the Lincoln Park Zoo, setting off a three-day hunt for the elusive cat in February 1950.

• In 1951, Capitol Hill High School alum and New York Yankees ace Allie Reynolds becomes first American League pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season.

• Ralph Ellison, who was born in Oklahoma City, publishes his novel “Invisible Man” in 1952. The next year it wins the National Book Award for fiction.

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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