Kansas in History (Part 2)

Kansas: Kansas City - Topeka - Wichita

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

  • 1944-02-27 Alan Fudge, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1944-03-24 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1944-07-06 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1945-03-09 Dennis Rader, American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, Kansas, born in Pittsburg, Kansas
  • 1946-08-10 James Reynolds, American actor (Days of our Lives), born in Oskaloosa, Kansas
  • 1947-11-20 Joe Walsh, American guitarist ("Life's Been Good"; "Rocky Mountain Way"; Eagles - "In The City"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1948-03-16 Michael Bruce, American rock guitarist and keyboard player (Alice Cooper, 1969-73), born in Arizona
  • 1948-08-04 James C Slattery, (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983- )
  • 1949-05-03 Ron Wyden, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1949-09-18 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas

Bill James

1949-10-05 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician (sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

  • 1949-10-07 Dave Hope, American rock bassist and retired priest (Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1949-11-07 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1988-2009), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1949-11-30 Billy Drago, American character actor, specializing in roles as a villain (Pale Rider; The Untouchables), born in Hugoton, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • 1950-01-07 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950-02-01 Rich Williams, American guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950-02-04 Phil Ehart, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Kansas - "Point of Know Return"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1950-05-25 Robby Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1951-01-12 Kirstie Alley, American actress (Star Trek II; Cheers - "Rebecca"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1951-06-02 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist who designed the rainbow flag, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1951-06-15 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951-09-17 Cassandra Peterson [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1951-09-25 Burleigh Drummond, American rocker (Ambrosia), born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1951-12-12 Steven Alan Hawley, American NASA astronaut (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82), born in Ottawa, Kansas
  • 1952-12-05 Bobby Barth, American rocker vocalist and guitarist (Axe), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1954-01-02 Cynthia Sikes, American actress (Flamingo Road; St Elsewhere), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1955-10-30 Shanna Reed, American actress (Major Dad, Mirrors), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1955-11-02 Chris Burnett, American musician and composer, born in Olathe, Kansas
  • 1956-09-12 Sam Brownback, American attorney and politician (46th Governor of Kansas), born in Garnett, Kansas

Annette Bening

1958-05-29 Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

  • 1959-07-19 Terri Treas, American actress (Hannah-7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1959-08-12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1960-02-13 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • 1960-04-10 Katrina Leskanich, American musician and singer (Katrina and the Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1960-06-22 Erin Brockovich, American legal clerk and environmental campaigner, born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1961-01-18 Jeff Yagher, American actor, born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1961-05-10 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1962-04-10 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • 1962-04-15 Tom Kane, American voice actor, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1963-07-27 Karrin Allyson, American jazz singer (Wild for You), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • 1963-08-21 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1964-02-18 Matt Dillon, American actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1964-04-16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, American actor (Days of Our Lives -"Bo"), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1965-04-15 Mark Dennis, American NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers), born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1966-09-12 Darren E. Burrows, American actor (Ed Chigliak-Northern Exposure), born in Winfield, Kansas
  • 1968-03-26 Edward Kaminski, American javelin thrower, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1968-07-16 Barry Sanders, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1988, Oklahoma State; 10 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP 1997, Detroit Lions), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1968-09-06 Pat Meares, American baseball infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1972-04-14 Dean Potter, American free climber & BASE jumper, born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1974-07-23 Maurice Greene, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m 2000; World C'ship gold 100m 1997; 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1999; WR 100m 9.79s 1999), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1975-07-13 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • 1975-09-13 Joe Don Rooney, American musician (Rascal Flatts), born in Baxter Springs, Kansas
  • 1975-09-24 Nick Hague, American NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-10 & 12), born in Belleville, Kansas
  • 1976-02-05 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1976-04-14 Kyle Farnsworth, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1999-2014 (Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and 7 other teams), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1976-07-16 Bobby Lashley, American professional wrestler, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1979-01-11 Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1979-04-04 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1979-08-22 Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor (The People Under the Stairs), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1980-02-12 Sarah Lancaster, American actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1981-04-09 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1983-09-19 Joey Devine, American baseball player, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1984-05-21 Gary Woodland, American golfer (US Open 2019), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1988-08-16 Kevin Schmidt, American actor, born in Andover, Kansas
  • 1989-02-27 Kelly Breeding, American singer (B5), born in Liberal, Kansas

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths