February 14, 1920

In Kansas City Rube Foster organized the Negro National League. Both St. Louis and Kansas City were among the original franchises.


January 26, 1945

An era ended on this date when "Boss" Tom Pendergast died. With his Kansas City Democrat machine he controlled Missouri politics for years.


Inside the 50th Miss Black America Pageant

The 50th Anniversary Miss Black America Pageant celebrates black beauty, empowerment, and positivity in a national TV special with Kansas City hospitality on display.


January 21, 1879

The Kansas Senate approved a plan to move their border eastward, thus stealing Kansas City from Missouri.


Backward and in High Heels: Remembering Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers was born as Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence in 1911, and she spent her early years in Independence and Kansas City. Ginger is best remembered for movies made with dancing partner Fred Astaire. She is famously credited for doing everything Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels.


November 21, 1972

Built at a cost of $250 million, Kansas City International Airport opens, featuring an innovative "Drive to Your Gate" design.


November 14, 1916

John Joseph Houghtaling was born on this day in Kansas City. He invented the Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed, a common feature in mid-priced hotels and motels from the 1960s to 1970s. "Hey, gotta quarter?"


Your Guide to The Nutcracker & Where to See It

Local productions and traveling shows bring the iconic ballet to appreciative audiences here in Missouri. For professional ballet companies, The Nutcracker is often the most popular show of the season.


November 5, 1931

On this day, forty shots were fired in the Elms Hotel lobby and veranda in a robbery gone bad. The Excelsior Springs police shotgun squad chased the robbers from the hotel to Kansas City where they were caught, tried, and convicted. You can still visit the Elms today. 


Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Revival

Missourians love their coffee now as much as they did hundreds of years ago when the French first brought coffee to the shores of the Mississippi River. Indie coffee shops, boutique roasters, national brands, and regional roasters are pleasing customers all over the state.