We’d like to welcome all residents of our Owasso apartments to another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History! July has, for whatever, been an especially interesting month for Oklahomans historically. Maybe it’s because of the intense heat, or the fact that college kids aren’t in school, but either way, we have a lot of important dates to get to.
We hope this blog post helped you understand a little bit more about our great state. If you enjoy this post, be sure to check back next month for another edition. There’s always another incredible event from Oklahoma’s past that we want to tell residents about. Of course, not all events in Oklahoma history are positive events, but here at the most transparent apartments for rent in Owasso, we feel obligated to share them all.
July 4th, 1882 — The Krebs Baseball Game
Baseball was just starting to gain popularity in Oklahoma near the end of the Civil War. When small towns started popping up in Oklahoma, teams began to form based on the townships. Eventually, two teams would come together in Krebs, OK to play an actual game in front of a crowd.
Most men in Krebs were miners. They had come here from Ohio and Pennsylvania to work in this new part of the country. On July 4th, 1882, they used bases made of sacks of hay and a catcher without a glove or mask to play the first organized baseball game in Oklahoma. More than three hundred people gathered to watch Krebs beat Savanna by a score of 35-4. Clearly, there was a talent gap between the two towns.
July 5th, 1943 — The Bombing of Boise City
You’re probably wondering why you’ve never heard of a U.S. city being bombed during World War II. Well, it wasn’t the Germans that did it, nor was it the Japanese. Actually, the culprit was an American B-17 Bomber. That’s right, the pilots were in flight-training and they made the mistake of thinking Boise City was the target. The actual target was miles away, safely placed in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the attack because it happened in the middle of the night and the town square was empty.
July 5th, 1982 — Penn Square Bank Fails
Thousands of people in Oklahoma City trusted Penn Square Bank with their commercial finances. The bank made their money by taking huge risks on energy loans during the oil boom that happened in the early 1980s in Texas and Oklahoma. Unfortunately for the bank and its thousands of customers, the bank failed in July of 1982. The failure of Penn Square Bank had a ripple effect across the country. Because Penn Square Bank sold its faulty loans to other banks, the other banks also suffered losses. This included banks in Chicago, Seattle, Michigan and New York.
When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) investigated Penn Square Bank’s failures, they found over 450 potential crimes committed by the bank’s employees and owners. One chief officer at Penn Square Bank would end up serving 2 years in jail. There have also been two best-selling books written about the Penn Square Bank collapse, if you’re interested in learning more about this interesting event in Oklahoma history.
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