Wichita in History

Kansas: Kansas City - Topeka

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 .505 average)
  • 1930-05-02 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-06-14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) in Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1968-11-04 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1970-01-05 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-10-02 14 members of the Wichita State University Football team as well as 17 administrators and supporters are killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains
  • 1985-11-02 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
  • 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

  • 1900-03-03 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1987)
  • 1906-04-04 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1925-07-02 Marvin Rainwater, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)

Person of interestVernon L. Smith

1927-01-01 Vernon L. Smith, American economist and Nobel laureate, born in Wichita, Kansas

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Economist
Vernon L. Smith
  • 1930-02-12 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • 1934-05-19 James Charles Lehrer, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1934-09-06 Jody McCrea, American actor (Ben Matheson-Wichita Town), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)

Person of interestCharles Koch

1935-11-01 Charles Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas

CEO of Koch Industries Charles Koch
CEO of Koch Industries
Charles Koch
  • 1938-12-13 Tom Shaw, American golfer (The Tradition 1993), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1940-05-03 David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1942-06-30 Robert Ballard, American explorer and discoverer (discovered Titanic wreck in 1985), born in Wichita, Kansas

Person of interestGale Sayers

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1943-09-25 Robert Gates, American statesman (22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1944-02-27 Alan Fudge, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1947-11-20 Joe Walsh, American guitarist ("Life's Been Good"; "Rocky Mountain Way"; Eagles - "In The City"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1949-05-03 Ron Wyden, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1951-01-12 Kirstie Alley, American actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1951-12-03 Rick Mears, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1979, 84, 88, 91; Indycar series/World Series champion 1979, 81-82), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1959-08-12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1962-11-04 Jeff Probst, American television host (Survivor), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1964-04-16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, American actor (Days of Our Lives -"Bo"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1976-02-05 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1976-04-14 Kyle Farnsworth, American baseball player (pitcher), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1981-04-09 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1999)