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 a .505 avg)
  • 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 businesman 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 businesman 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, College, Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Chicago Bears, 4 x Pro Bowl), born in Wichita, Kansas

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 (Eagles-Take it Easy), 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, Amerian actor (Bo-Days of our Live), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1973-06-27 Wendell Davis, American football cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), 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
  • 1978-11-08 Maurice Evans, American basketball player (Washington Wizards), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1981-04-09 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1999)