This Week in Kansas City History

Striking a Chord

Foundry near Leeds, MO. Photo credit Tom Davidson, Jr.

December 16, 1936: One thousand members of the United Auto Workers conduct a sit-down strike at the Fisher Body plant in Kansas City, giving early momentum to what will become known as the General Motors Strike of 1936-1937.


Flying High

B-25 bombers lined up at North American Aviation, Incorporated, almost ready for their first test flight, Kansas City, Kansas. Photo credit Alfred T. Palmer

December 7, 1940: The Army Air Corps announces that a bomber plant, which will employ 26,000 and produce most of the B-25 medium bombers used in World War II, will be built in the Fairfax district of Kansas City, Kansas.


The Great Indoors

Pla-Mor entertainment center sign

November 24, 1927: The Pla-Mor Ballroom, the largest indoor amusement center in the country featuring a ballroom, bowling alley, billiard room, and an ice skating rink, opens to a crowd of 4,100.


And That's The Way It Was

Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite speaks at a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington celebrating the 35th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2004. Source: nasa.gov

November 4, 1916: Walter Cronkite, who will kick off his journalism career in Kansas City, Missouri and later become a longstanding anchorman for the CBS Evening News and "the most trusted man in America," is born in St. Joseph, Missouri.


Jones' Reach

Postcard of the Jones Store Company building

October 21, 1945: John Logan Jones, co-founder of The Jones Store, which by 1895 was the largest department store in Kansas City at its seven-story building at 12th and Main Streets, dies in Kansas City on a visit from California at the age of 86.