This Week in Kansas City History

Bird Lives

Charlie Parker

March 12, 1955: Charlie "Bird" Parker, whose innovative performances paved the way for modern jazz styles, dies at the age of 34 after a 15-year addiction to heroin and alcohol.


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.


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.


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.


Days of Shock and Sorrow

Days of Shock and Sorrow

September 28, 1953: Bobby Greenlease, 6-year-old son of Kansas City Cadillac dealer Robert Greenlease, is kidnapped from his school and murdered.