OKC Civic Affairs


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

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
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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