August 29, 1920

Birthday of Charlie "Bird" Parker, the legendary saxophonist who grew up in Kansas City, MO.

August 27, 1896

Elmer F. Pierson was born in Kansas City on this day. He and his brother, John, founded the Vendo company, maker of the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines. For years they dominated the vending machine industry.

August 23, 1880

This the birthday of Jesse Clyde Nichols, the visionary developer who created Kansas City's beautiful Country Club Plaza.

August 21, 1904

Birthday of Kansas City's jazz great, William "Count" Basie.

August 12, 1866

Wild Bill Hickok umpired the baseball game between rival teams from Atchison, KS and the Kansas City Antelopes. The Antelopes won 48 to 28. And yes, Wild Bill did wear both six guns while he called balls and strikes so there were no arguments.

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These savants of the smoker are dishing up barbecue heaven all summer long.

August 2, 1932

Birthday of Lamar Hunt who founded the K.C. Chiefs, the A.F.L., Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and much much more.

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 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.