This Week in Kansas City History

Let There Be Lights

Country Club Plaza Christmas Lights

December 25, 1925: A single strand of Christmas lights hangs on the Country Club Plaza’s first building, beginning a Kansas City tradition that continues today.


Strange Bedfellows

Nell Donnelly

December 16, 1931: Nell Donnelly, a Kansas City dress manufacturer, and her chauffeur, George Blair, are kidnapped and held hostage in a cottage near Bonner Springs, Kansas, only to be released two days later without paying ransom.


Beautiful Dreamer

Meyer Memorial fountain at Meyer and Ward Parkway

December 2, 1905: August Meyer, a leader in Kansas City’s park and boulevard movement and president of the Municipal Improvement Association, dies.


Going Nuclear

Still from the 1983 made-for-TV movie "The Day After"

November 20, 1983: An estimated 100 million Americans watch Kansas City and its environs destroyed by a nuclear attack in the made-for-TV movie, The Day After.


The Dean of Women Lawyers

The Kansas City School of Law, ca. 1928

November 8, 1917: After being shunned by the all-male Kansas City Bar Association, Mary Tiera Farrow and 20 other female lawyers form the Women's Bar Association of Kansas City.