Welcome to the latest edition of This Month in Oklahoma History, from your community of apartments for rent in Owasso. In this week’s post, we’ll be talking about some of the most memorable events that have happened in May in Oklahoma. Some of the events are memorable in a good way — like the first SONIC Drive-Thru opening up — but others are less so. Either way, every event is an important part of the history of the great state of Oklahoma.
We hope you find this blog post interesting, and that you walk away feeling like you know a little bit more about your state! Without further delay, let’s dive right into the list of topics below! When you’re done reading this week’s post, please be sure to share the link to this blog with your friends and neighbors at your community of Owasso apartments.
May 3rd, 1999 - F5 Tornado Hits Moore, Oklahoma
There haven’t been too many times in history that an F5 tornado has hit a town. In fact, the Moore F5 tornado was one of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded when it hit the town of Moore. It was a destructive tornado, destroying 7 miles of houses, commercial buildings and infrastructure. 36 people lost their lives in the tornado, which was powered by winds reaching 318 miles per hour.
May 11th, 1934 - Dust Storm Blows Across the United States
Can you imagine how people would react if a dust storm blew across the entire United States in 2018? It happened in the 1930s, and it was no picnic. The dust storm was so severe that it caused thousands of Midwestern families to pack up and move their lives to California. The storm stretched from the plains of Oklahoma to the Eastern seaboard, and made it almost impossible to grow crops.
May 13th, 1935 - Parking Meter Patent Filed in OKC
Parking meters might not be something we want to celebrate, but everyone can at least be proud of the fact that such a useful invention was installed for the first time right here in Oklahoma. Carl C. McGee filed a patent for a “coin controlled parking meter” on May 13th, and the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma a few months later, on June 16th.
May 16th, 1953 - First SONIC Drive-In Opens
Although it wasn’t called SONIC, Troy Smith’s callbox drive-in would go on to become the largest car hop drive-ins in the country. The first SONIC was called Top-Hat, and it was a smashing success in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
May 22nd, 1888 - Jim Thorpe’s Birthday
Perhaps Oklahoma’s most famous son, Jacobus Franciscus Thorpe was born on May 22nd in Native American territory. It’s unknown exactly where he was born, but scholars have determined that it was somewhere near what is now Prague, Oklahoma. Thorpe is considered to one of the greatest athletes of all time, and we’re proud that he’s from Oklahoma!
With that, we’ve reached the end of our blog about Oklahoma history in the month of may! We’d like to thank you for taking the time to read our latest blog, and we hope you learned a little something from this week’s post! If you enjoyed this blog and want to read more like it in the future, please be sure to bookmark our blogs page. That way, you’ll be able to easily access this page again in a couple weeks when our next post goes live on the site.
While you wait for the next blog, go ahead and follow 98 Apartments on social media. That way, you’ll be among the first to know about resident events, giveaways and promotions going on at 98 — the community of apartments Owasso residents choose for luxury living.