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.
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.
December 11, 1884: Nelle Nichols Peters, whose architectural skills will leave their mark on nearly 1,000 Kansas City apartment buildings and residences, is born in Niagara, North Dakota.
December 2, 1905: August Meyer, a leader in Kansas City’s park and boulevard movement and president of the Municipal Improvement Association, dies.
November 25, 1896: Virgil Thomson, who will become an acclaimed composer, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and a major influence on American music, is born in Kansas City, Missouri.