Welcome to the first edition of This Month in Oklahoma History of 2019. The staff at your community of Owasso apartments has put together a list of some of the most notable events to happen in Oklahoma in January, and we hope that you enjoy learning about the history of our great state!
Let’s get right to the list of historical events, shall we? When you’re done reading through the blog post below, please feel free to share the link to this page with your friends. Better yet, go ahead and share it with your neighbors at 98 Apartments Owasso!
January 7th, 1892 — Krebs Mine Explodes.
The first historical event on our list is one of the deadliest mine explosions in American history, and it all happened in southeastern Oklahoma. The tragedy occurred because a new mine worked accidentally triggered a box of explosives. By the time the smoke had cleared, more than 100 miners were killed in the explosion. An additional 150 miners were injured as a result of the accident.
January, 16th, 1920 — Prohibition Begins Across the United States.
The beginning of Prohibition didn’t have much to do with Oklahoma, per se, but the end certainly did. While most states saw prohibition end in 1933, it didn’t officially end in Oklahoma until over 20 years later in 1959. Sometimes, Oklahomans can be stubborn like that.
January 18th, 1983 — Jim Thorpe’s Olympic Medals are Restored.
Two of Jim Thorpe’s children — Bill and Gale — received commemorative medals with their father’s medals were restored by the by the IOC executive committee. Jim Thorpe, is, of course, one of Oklahoma’s most famous sons. He was born in Lincoln County, Oklahoma in 1887.
His Olympic medals were stripped because it was found that he had been paid to participate in sport, making him a professional athlete. At the time, only amateurs were allowed in the Olympics. Some people believe that his ethnicity played a strong role in him being stripped of his medals. Nonetheless, the medals were restored to his family in a posthumous ceremony on January 18th, 1983.
With that, we’ve hit the end of our list of notable historical events that happened in Oklahoma in the month of January! We’d like to take a moment to thank those of you who have been coming back week after week to read all the latest brand new blogs from 98 Apartments, and we encourage you to come back to read our next blog when it’s posted on the site in a couple of weeks! While you wait for us to post the next blog on our website, please be sure to delve deeper into some of the historical events we discussed in the blog post above. We love writing about these events, and we hope you love learning about them!
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