This Day in Oklahoma History


16 May

SONIC America's Drive-In

Troy Smith opens his first Top Hat Drive-In in Shawnee, OK, featuring an intercom speaker system for ordering and Carhop delivery service. Later Top Hat will be re-named SONIC Drive-In, and become the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants. more...
{NOTE: May 16th isn't the exact date. It's actually the date of SONIC opening their 3000th store in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 2005. If you know the exact date, please let us know.}

Saturday, May 16, 1953

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