This Week in Kansas City History

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.


Into the Sunset

Tom Bass, a founder of the American Royal

November 4, 1934: Tom Bass, who was born a slave and went on to become a celebrated horse trainer and a founder of the American Royal, dies in his Mexico, Missouri, home at 75 years of age.


We Play the Pallas

Women in costume atop float bearing oversized lobster

October 13, 1887: President Grover Cleveland looks on as decorated floats, costumed horsemen, and an elephant march in downtown during the first Priests of Pallas parade, an event that will remain a Kansas City tradition until the 1920s.


Majors' Efforts

Alexander Majors, date unknown

October 4, 1814: Alexander Majors, who will become a successful overland freighter on the Santa Fe Trail and a founder of the Pony Express in 1860, is born near Franklin, Kentucky.