This Week in Kansas City History

A Man of Many Parts

Lafayette Tillman

March 15, 1858: Lafayette Tillman, who will go on to become a veteran of the Spanish-American War and one of Kansas City's first African American police officers, is born in Evansville, Indiana.


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.


End of the Marriage Penalty

Carolyn Farwell Fuller

March 2, 1944: Due to a wartime shortage of teachers, the Kansas City school board allows married women to teach.


Whittaker's Chambers

Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Whittaker

February 22, 1901: Charles Evans Whittaker, who will go on to become the first person from Kansas or Missouri to serve on the Supreme Court, is born on a farm near Troy, Kansas.


Monumental Undertaking

Liberty Memorial

February 9, 1920: The City Council approves a plan to build Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial on the property south of Union Station. The Liberty Memorial Association envisioned a monument that would be among the world’s most spectacular memorials to World War I veterans.