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Odessa American: 75th Anniversary

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75th Anniversary

2014: Mercury and a booming economy

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today marks 75 years of the Odessa American. This concludes the OA’s countdown of the last 75 years with summaries of some of the news and events that affected Odessans.

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  • This year on Oct. 2, the Odessa American celebrated 75 years. We reviewed the last 75 years of Odessa with daily historical stories. Take a look back and reminisce. Now part of AIM Media Texas, the OA invites you to celebrate with us online at oaoa.com and myoaoa.com.



75 days: 75 history lessons

Thursday 10/01/2015

2013: Permian problems, deadly roads

Wednesday 09/30/2015

2012: Boom goes the Basin

Tuesday 09/29/2015

2011: The drought hits Odessa, Osama bin Laden killed

Monday 09/28/2015

2010: Odessa meets Guerdwich Montimer

Sunday 09/27/2015

2009: Oil pains and Gary Gaines

Saturday 09/26/2015

2008: Wildfires, new police chief and superintendent

Friday 09/25/2015

2007: Odessa’s broken heart

Thursday 09/24/2015

2006: FutureGen hopes alive, education changes

Wednesday 09/23/2015

2005: Grisly murder and another war casualty

Tuesday 09/22/2015

2004: ‘FNL’ released, prostitution scandal

Monday 09/21/2015

2003: Friday Night Lights and wars hit home

Sunday 09/20/2015

2002: Overpass issues, new head coaches

Saturday 09/19/2015

2001: 9/11 and a police scandal

Friday 09/18/2015

2000: Huntsman settles, Joe Beene injured

Thursday 09/17/2015

1999: Oil plunge and a new power plant

Wednesday 09/16/2015

1998: Miss Texas, a lot of snow

Tuesday 09/15/2015

1997: The ‘streak’ ends

Monday 09/14/2015

1996: A new sheriff in town

Sunday 09/13/2015

1995: CAF crash, track star killed

Friday 09/11/2015

1994: An OC crisis, national title for Mojo 1993: Plant shakes, rattles and blows

Thursday 09/10/2015

1992: Champion explosion, dirty politics and unemployment.

Wednesday 09/09/2015

1991: Four years for UTPB, Mojo undefeated

Tuesday 09/08/2015

1990: Hostages; Friday Night Lights

Monday 09/07/2015

1989: National champs, a new rodeo star

Sunday 09/06/2015

1988: Pulitzer Prize, murder and banking drama

Saturday 09/05/2015

1987: Meet Baby Jessica, economy improves

Friday 09/04/2015

1986: The bust is really felt; UTPB funding in jeopardy

Thursday 09/03/2015

1985: No pass, no play and more water

Wednesday 09/02/2015

1984: GOP sweep, MOJO takes state

Tuesday 09/01/2015

1983: Homicide capital of America

Monday 08/31/2015

1982: A big bust and a serial killer in Kermit

Sunday 08/30/2015

1981: Desegregation; Mojo marooned

Saturday 08/29/2015

1980: Panthers make it three, booming year

Friday 08/28/2015

1979: ECISD election shakeup, building boom

Thursday 08/27/2015

1978: An Odessa ‘tea’ party, new football stadium

Wednesday 08/26/2015

1977: No new stadium, jail birds fly away

Tuesday 08/25/2015

1976: Elvis comes to town; school burns down

Monday 08/24/2015

1975: Tragedy in Denver City, booming Odessa

Sunday 08/23/2015

1974: Lots of snow and a local scandal

Saturday 08/22/2015

1973: UTPB opens its doors

Friday 08/21/2015

1972: Meadows confesses

Thursday 08/20/2015

1971: A serial killer arrives; UTPB funding

Wednesday 08/19/2015

1970: Higher ed, desegregation and a failed bond

Tuesday 08/18/2015

1969: UTPB established; U.S. lands on moon

Monday 08/17/2015

1968: Killed in Vietnam, city government shake-up

Sunday 08/16/2015

1967: New city hall, sales tax begins

Saturday 08/15/2015

1966: Celebrities and labor disputes

Friday 08/14/2015

1965: Biggest news of the year? City's second state title

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