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

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1928-06-14 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1933-06-17 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
  • 1934-06-14 WOQ-AM in Kansas City Missouri goes off the air
  • 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
  • 1973-07-24 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City
  • 1978-10-08 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
  • 1981-07-17 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • 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
  • 1994-06-23 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game

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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
  • 2017-09-19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals

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, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1957)

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1886-04-01 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) and actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1949)

  • 1889-09-19 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1890-10-01 Alice Joyce, American actress (Song O' My Heart), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1893-07-25 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1894-06-15 Robert Russell Bennett, composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1894-06-26 Jeanne Eagels, American actress (Rain, Under False Colors), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1896-11-25 Virgil Thomson, composer/music critic (4 Saints in 3 Acts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1899-05-02 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1903-01-06 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1904-08-12 Kay Campbell [Catherine Hibben], American actress (All My Children), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1905-08-21 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1910-12-25 Marguerite Churchill, American actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1911-03-03 Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], 30s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1911-08-13 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)

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1911-11-13 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • 1915-11-23 Ellen Drew, [Terry Ray], actress (Isle of Dead), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1916-01-23 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist, 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, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 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
  • 1923-07-12 James E[dwin] Gunn, American sci-fi author (The Listeners, Station in Space, Immortal), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1924-08-17 Evan Connell, American 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
  • 1928-08-07 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City)
  • 1929-11-15 Edward Asner, American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 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, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1943-12-07 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1944-03-07 Michael Rosbash, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, Drosophila period gene), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1945-02-22 Leslie Charleson, actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 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, American 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

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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, American 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 (d. 1997)
  • 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, American professional golfer, 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
  • 1968-03-26 Edward Kaminski, American javelin thrower, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1970-10-06 Darren Oliver, American pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-11-06 Eric Mueller, American rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972-06-09 Wesley Reid Scantlin, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1973-11-05 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1974-07-23 Maurice Greene, American 100m runner, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1975-07-29 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Kansas City, Kansas

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1982-09-10 Misty Copeland, American 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
  • 2000-02-08 Derrick Thomas, American football player (Kansas City Chiefs), dies of a blood clot at 33

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2006-10-06 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil