This Week in Kansas City History

All That Jazz

Bennie Moten. Photo courtesy LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC Library

September 23, 1923: The Bennie Moten Orchestra makes the first ever recording of Kansas City style jazz and blues, a musical style that would eventually come to dominate the jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s.

Can't Buy Him Love

September 17, 1964: Twenty thousand fans gather in Municipal Stadium to hear the Beatles, who are paid $150,000 for the 31-minute concert. Unheard of in a Beatles performance, the turnout is nearly 15,000 below the venue’s maximum capacity.

Evacuation Day

Order No. 11 by George Caleb Bingham

August 25, 1863: Following William Clarke Quantrill’s devastating raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas E. Ewing issues Order No. 11, forcing thousands of suspected Confederate sympathizers in Missouri to evacuate the rural areas surrounding Kansas City.

Heat Wave

Salvation Army Penny Ice truck at 1319 Broadway

August 14, 1936: Kansas City records its highest temperature ever, 113 degrees Fahrenheit, causing a summer heat wave that sends area residents to Swope or Penn Valley parks to sleep at night in order to cool off.

Water Rights

Swope Park swimming pool

August 2, 1951: Kansas City receives formal notification that the NAACP will bring suit against the municipal segregation policy at the swimming pool in Swope Park.

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