May 26, 1973

Worlds of Fun amusement park opens. Local icon Lamar Hunt was the driving force behind the theme park based off the novel Around the World in 80 Days. The park expanded further in 1982 with the opening of Oceans of Fun, which was listed as the largest water-based theme park in the world.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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