The arts would not have been the same in the 20th century without the contributions of Oklahoma City residents such as Ralph Ellison and Charlie Christian.
• In November 1914, civil rights giant Roscoe Dunjee publishes the first issue of The Black Dispatch newspaper in Deep Deuce.
• The Oklahoma City Police Department forms its first automobile patrol units in 1915.
• In 1916, OKC-raised jazz guitar legend Charlie Christian is born in Texas. His best friends would include singer Jimmy Rushing and author Ralph Ellison.
Source: City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.