Year In Review: Viral Stories Of 2012 In Oklahoma

Monday, December 31st 2012, 5:59 pm
By: News 9

From our notorious weather to weird news to salacious sports, 2012 in Oklahoma has been one to remember.

Oklahoma started 2012 with a big bang. In January, the crumbling crosstown opened. In April, it was an eerie repeat of history. Another deadly tornado ravaged Woodward. A survivor the 1947 tornado rode out the 2012 twister.

4/15/2012 Related Story: Massive Damage, Fatalities After Tornado Strikes Woodward

May should have been a highlight for Oklahoma when the Thunder faced the Lakers in the playoffs. The sold out game was marred by a shooting of eight people in Thunder Alley.

5/22/2012 Related Story: One Victim Critical, Seven Recovering Following Shooting In Bricktown After Thunder Game

"Thunder Alley as we know cannot exist the way it is," said Mayor Mick Cornett.

That didn't stop fans. In June, the Thunder faced the Heat in the finals which drew thousands of faithful fans from across the state. The heat was brutal in 2012 bringing drought and massive wildfires.

In August some 78,000 acres burned. It's just horrific it's just terrible. A few weeks later a kindergartner stole our hearts and the nation by violating dress code.

8/3/2012 Related Story: Numerous Homes Destroyed As Grass Fires Erupt In Parts Of Oklahoma

After the story went viral, OKC public schools changed its dress code to include teams outside the Sooner State. Then the fall brought us to new heights, 50 stories to be exact.

8/20/2012 Related Story: OKCPS Reviews Dress Code After Student Asked To Change T-Shirt

Oklahoma's tallest building opened its doors, the $750 million Devon Energy center.

"It's a great economic benefit to the state and it sends a signal to the rest of our nation that Oklahoma city a great place to invest," Gov. Mary Fallin said.

10/23/2012 Related Story: Devon Tower Officially Opens In Downtown OKC Tuesday

In November, people from across the country were in an uproar after a 2-year-old boy's potty break in Piedmont cost his mom a $2,500 ticket.

"For $2,500 we should be able to pee wherever we want all over this yard," said Jennifer Warden, the boy's grandmother.

11/5/2012 Related Story: Piedmont Mom Gets $2,500 Ticket After Son, 3, Urinates In Front Yard

The sad spot in the year ender is the escalating murder rate. Oklahoma City has seen its fair share of crime in 2012.

Ninety-nine people were killed this year. That's the most since 1979.

12/22/2012 Related Story: Murder Rate Soars In OKC

Take a look at the most viewed stories on in 2012.