July 16, 1911

Sweetheart song and dance woman Ginger Rogers was born. The beauty from Independence and Kansas City was famous for her duet-dances with longtime dance partner Fred Astaire. Read her biography here.


July 7, 1879

Missouri lost a great treasure on this day. Artist George Caleb Bingham died in Kansas City.


July 3, 1869

The Burlington Bridge at Kansas City, also called the Hannibal Bridge, was completed. It was the first bridge ever built across the Missouri River.


July 2, 1993

Beautiful Royals Stadium was re-dedicated as Kauffman Stadium.  


June 26, 1804

Lewis and Clark had now traversed the entire breadth of the future state of Missouri. They were at the present site of Kansas City and preparing to start north along the western edge of our state.


June 25, 1951

Kansas City’s beautiful Starlight Theatre hosted its very first opening night with the musical The Desert Song. However, before construction was finished on the $1.5 million venue, it hosted the Thrills of a Century—a centennial celebration of Kansas City. 


June 6, 1918

"Casey" Stengel, named for his home town of K.C. stunned jeering baseball fans on this day by bowing to them and ceremoniously tipping his cap. From under the hat a bird flew out. Casey may have been the first to give the fans the bird.


April 13, 1936

It was a warm spring day! Thermometers in Kansas City were reading 113 degrees.


April 8, 1969

The Kansas City Royals played their first game on this day. They beat the Minnesota Twins at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.


April 7, 1939

Democrat political boss, Tom Pendergast, was indicted on income tax charges. Prior to this he had almost complete control of Kansas City and the state Capitol was known as "Uncle Tom's Cabin