Wichita in History

Kansas: Kansas City

Historical Events

  • 1900-12-27 Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)
  • 1919-08-20 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
  • 1930-05-02 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • 1941-06-14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS
  • 1953-03-01 KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-12 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-07-01 KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins
  • 1954-10-19 KAKE TV channel 10 in Wichita, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-09-01 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-04-02 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • 1970-01-05 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-10-02 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
  • 1979-04-10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1986-09-20 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
  • 1990-03-03 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1991-06-08 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-04-04 John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1924-01-11 Don Cherry, Wichita Texas, singer (Dean Martin Summer Show)
  • 1925-07-02 Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), (d. 2013)
  • 1934-05-19 James Charles Lehrer, Wichita Ks, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report)
  • 1934-09-06 Jody McCrea, actor (Ben Matheson-Wichita Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1935-11-01 Charles Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1939-02-28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1940-05-03 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1944-02-27 Alan Fudge, Wichita Ks, actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls)
  • 1947-11-20 Joe Walsh, Wichita Ks, guitarist/rocker (Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1951-01-12 Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
  • 1959-05-14 Connie Brighton, playmate (Sept, 1982), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1959-08-12 Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic-gold-1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
  • 1964-04-16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, Wichita Kansas, (Bo-Days of our Live)
  • 1965-07-03 Bobby Gage, Winsted CA, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Wichita Open-16th)
  • 1967-11-08 Kim Dugger, Wichita Kansas, Miss Kansas-America (1991)
  • 1968-03-28 Dennis Postlewait, Jacksonville NC, Nike golfer (1994 Wichita Open)
  • 1968-08-31 Jim Bob Howard, Wichita Falls Texas, actor (Flash & Bone)
  • 1981-07-29 Jennie Thompson, gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Oly-96), born in Wichita Falls, Texas