March 2, 1944

The Kansas City school board agrees to hire married women to teach. Though many women were already teaching, school districts across the state had barred married women from the jobs, so they could focus on duties at home. As of 2019, more than 80 percent of teachers nationwide were women.


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7, 1941

George A. Whiteman from Sedalia was shot down as his plane took off from Hawaii. He became the first pilot killed in World War II. Whiteman Air Force Base near Sedalia is named in his honor.


The USS Missouri

Discover the history on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the ship.


United States Military Soldiers celebrating the end of the war -VJ Day

September 2, 1945

V.J. Day. The Japanese Emperor, Hirohito, boarded the battleship Missouri and signed the unconditional surrender which ended World War II.