Kansas City, MO in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-10-21 Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City)
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1914-05-16 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1919-03-18 Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
  • 1922-05-10 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions
  • 1933-06-17 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
  • 1949-10-16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-08-01 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • 1954-11-04 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • 1954-11-08 AL approves Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • 1957-06-22 Kansas City stops using streetcars in it's transit system
  • 1958-08-17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • 1958-11-11 AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • 1961-03-29 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-08-13 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • 1964-02-23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
  • 1967-11-13 NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1970-07-31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1973-03-24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • 1978-10-08 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
  • 1985-09-29 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • 1994-01-23 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs 30-13

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1999-01-11 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2012-07-10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  • 2013-04-25 2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher from Central Michigan first pick by Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2014-10-28 Kansas City Royals defeat the San Francisco Giants 10–0 in the 6th game to tie the 2014 World Series 3-3
  • 2015-10-28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5h 9min), Kansas City Royals defeat New York Mets 5-4, also joint longest by innings

Famous Birthdays

  • 1841-03-07 William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)
  • 1884-01-12 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1884-03-16 Harrison Ford, silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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1886-04-01 Wallace Beery, actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1889-09-19 Ernest Truex, actor (Pop-Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1890-10-01 Alice Joyce, actress (Song O' My Heart), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1894-06-15 Robert Russell Bennett, composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1896-11-25 Virgil Thomson, composer/music critic (4 Saints in 3 Acts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1899-01-25 Goodman Ace, comedian (Easy Aces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1903-01-06 Stanley Smith, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1905-08-21 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1911-03-03 Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], 30s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1915-11-23 Ellen Drew, [Terry Ray], actress (Isle of Dead), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1916-10-17 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1919-03-14 Luther Henderson Jr, orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, Kansas City Kansas, American jazz saxophonist
  • 1922-09-01 Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)
  • 1923-02-18 Allan Melvin, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1924-08-17 Evan Connell, author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1925-02-20 Robert Altman, director (The Player, M*A*S*H), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928-05-12 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City)
  • 1931-02-09 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1931-04-01 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1934-12-25 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1937-05-14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • 1941-10-04 Lori Saunders, Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
  • 1943-11-26 Jan Stenerud, Norway, NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1943-12-07 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1945-02-22 Leslie Charleson, actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1947-09-27 Mary Jo White, American lawyer and Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948-03-28 Dianne Wiest, actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948-12-14 Dee Wallace Stone, [Deanna Bowers], Kansas City Kansas, actress (Critters, 10, ET)
  • 1949-06-14 Rochelle Firestone, actress (Hellhole), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949-09-04 Thomas Sturges Watson, PGA golfer (1975 Byron Nelson), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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1949-09-04 Tom Watson, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1951-07-09 Chris Cooper, actor (Thousand Pieces of Gold, Matewan), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1951-07-18 Bruce Alan Lietzke, Kansas City KS, PGA golfer (1978 Canadian Open)
  • 1951-07-23 Edie McClurg, actress (Cinderella-1985, Hogan Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1952-07-17 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1956-02-22 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1956-05-28 Susie Diane Owens, Arkansas City Kansas, playmate (March, 1988)
  • 1957-07-19 Cathy Reynolds, LPGA golfer (1981 Golden Lights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1957-10-27 Jeff East, American actor (Huckleberry Finn, Superman), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1959-09-05 Tom Pernice Jr, Nike golfer (1989 Centel Classic-4th), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1960-07-02 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1962-07-30 Monique Gabrielle, actress (Flashdance, Night Shift), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963-01-02 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1965-01-06 Jose Dejesus, US baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals)
  • 1967-07-11 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967-08-01 Lori Endicott, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-10-06 Darren Oliver, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-11-06 Eric Mueller, rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972-06-09 Wesley Reid Scantlin, Kansas City Missouri, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd)
  • 1973-11-05 Johnny Damon, Ft. Riley Kansas, baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals)
  • 1975-07-29 Seth Greisinger, Kansas City KS, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

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1982-09-10 Misty Copeland, ballerina (1st African American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre), born in Kansas City Missouri

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

Famous Deaths

  • 1994-10-26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65