This Week in Kansas City History

Hotel Horror

Hyatt  Regency Hotel

July 17, 1981: One hundred fourteen people die as two skywalks collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during a tea dance.


The Multiplex is Born

Stanley H. Durwood

July 12, 1963: Stanley H. Durwood, chief executive of Durwood Theaters (later American Multi-Cinema and then AMC Entertainment), builds the country's first multiplex movie theater in the Ward Parkway shopping center.


The Greatest Pitcher Ever

Satchel Paige

July 7, 1906: Satchel Paige, who will win fame as a pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs and be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, is born in Mobile, Alabama.


"The Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City"

Louis Curtiss Studio, 1989

July 1, 1865: Louis Curtiss, whose innovative architecture and flamboyant lifestyle will make a lasting imprint on Kansas City after his 1887 arrival, is born in Belleville, Ontario.


Starry, Starry Nights

Starlight Theatre

June 25, 1951: Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre kicks off its first season with a performance of The Desert Song.


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