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 State Hist. Soc: http://www.kshs.org/

300Mil BC    In 2009 researchers in Kansas found the fossilized brain of an iniopterygian fish dating to about this time. The fish is a relative of modern ratfishes, also known as ghost sharks.
    (SFC, 3/3/09, p.A5)

120Mil BC    The middle of what later became the USA was covered by the Niobrara Sea.
    (SFC, 8/10/00, p.A16)

78Mil BC    Fossil bones of a plesiosaur that lived about this time were unearthed at a Kansas ranch in 1968. The 15-foot dinosaur was believed to have given birth to live young under water.
    (SFC, 8/12/11, p.A6)(www.oceansofkansas.com/plesiosaur.html)

c12000BC     In 2004 archaeologists in Kansas working near the Colorado-Kansas border reported radiocarbon dating results finished in February that showed mammoth and prehistoric camel bones dating back to about this time.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

1846-1911    Carry Nation (Carrie Nation), early leader of the American temperance movement, was born in Kentucky and became famous for using a hatchet to destroy saloons in her home state of Kansas.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, Z1 p.6)(HNQ, 10/17/99)

1853-1854    John C. Fremont made his 5th expedition west and traveled across Kansas, southern Colorado and Utah. He brought along photographer Solomon Nunes Carvalho, who took hundreds of daguerreotypes. Many of the images were lost in an 1881 NYC warehouse fire. In 1994 Robert Shlaer set out to recreate the images and in 2000 published “Sights Once Seen: Daguerreotyping Fremont’s Last Expedition Through the Rockies."
    (SFEC, 7/9/00, BR p.12)

1854        May 30, The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the US Congress. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The governor of the Kansas Territory was James William Denver. Pres. Pierce kept appointing proslavery governors. The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise and opened the north to slavery. This period of Kansas history was incorporated into the 1998 novel "The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton," by Jane Smiley.
    (AP, 5/30/97)(HNQ, 4/4/00)(WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)(www.historyplace.com/lincoln/kansas.htm)

1854        The New England Emigrant Aid Society was created to colonize Kansas with Northern abolitionists. The Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society, founded by Eli Thayer of Worcester, Massachusetts, promoted the settlement of anti-slavery groups in Kansas, with the ultimate objective of making it a free state. Adhering to the cause of “popular sovereignty," the organization-which was reincorporated in February, 1855 as the New England Emigrant Aid Company-founded the town of Lawrence and other Free State communities. Active into 1857, it helped settle some 2,000 people in Kansas.
    (WSJ, 3/27/98, p.W10)(HNQ, 10/5/99)

1854        The Missouri “Border Ruffians" harassed the new settlers of the Kansas territory.
    (WSJ, 3/27/98, p.W10)

1855        Mar 24, Manhattan, Kansas, was founded as New Boston, Kansas.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1855        Mar 30, First election in Territorial Kansas. Some 5,000 "Border Ruffians" invaded the territory from western Missouri and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature.
    (MC, 3/30/02)

1855        Nov 21, Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, gunned down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
    (HN, 11/22/02)

1855        John Brown moved to Kansas to join the escalating fight between pro and anti slavery factions.
    (ON, 7/02, p.6)

1856        Apr 23, Free Stater J.N. Mace in Westport, Kansas shot pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones in the back.
    (HN, 4/23/99)

1856        May 21, Lawrence, Kansas, was captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
    (HN, 5/21/98)

1856        May 24, The Potawatomi Massacre took place in Kansas. John Brown, American abolitionist and horse thief, presided over the hacking to death with machetes of five unarmed pro-slavery Border Ruffians in Potawatomi, Kansas.
    (WSJ, 4/10/95, A-16)(WSJ, 3/16/98, p.A20)(MC, 5/24/02)

1858        May 19, A pro-slavery band led by Charles Hameton executed unarmed Free State men near Marais des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.
    (HN, 5/19/99)

1860-1865    Anti-slavery, pro-Union guerrillas in Kansas during the American Civil War were commonly known as Jayhawkers. As a bird, the Jayhawk does not exist, but Jayhawkers were very real. Jayhawkers coursed about Kansas and Missouri, impelled by substantially more malice than charity as they fought their Confederate counterparts, the Bushwhackers, who favored the Confederacy. Some Bushwhackers were semi-legitimate soldiers, even grudgingly acknowledged as such by the Confederate Army. Such men as William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, John Thrailkill, David Pool, Jo Shelby and Jeff Thompson were in this category. Others were simply banditti with a quasi-military excuse for vengeful ambush, robbery, murder, arson and plunder.
    (HNQ, 5/24/01)(HN, 5/30/01)

1861        Jan 29, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union and entered as a free state.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/29/98)(NH, 7/98, p.28)

1861        Apr 18, The Kansas Frontier Guards drilled and set up camp in the East Room of the White House with the mission to protect President Lincoln from a feared Rebel attack on Washington. The collection of Kansans in Washington, many office seekers and politicians, were organized and led by the state's first senator, James Henry Lane, a friend of the president and former leader of the Free State movement in Kansas. With Virginia's secession from the Union on April 17, rumors spread of an impending rebel strike on Washington. Lane organized the force of 50 men and offered their service to the War Department, arriving in the White House in the evening of April 18. As additional Union troops entered the city, the Frontier Guard was dismissed from the White House on April 19. The unofficial unit was assigned various positions in the city during the following week and, in a ceremony attended by the president, was disbanded on April 25.
    (HNQ, 1/7/99)

1861        Jul 1, The US War Department decreed that Kansas and Tennessee were to be canvassed for volunteers.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1861-1865    Anti-slavery, pro-Union guerrillas in Kansas during the American Civil War were commonly known as Jayhawkers. As a bird, the Jayhawk does not exist, but Jayhawkers were very real. Jayhawkers coursed about Kansas and Missouri, impelled by substantially more malice than charity as they fought their Confederate counterparts, the Bushwhackers.
    (HNQ, 5/24/01)

1863        Aug 21, William Clarke Quantrill (d.1865), a pro-Confederate guerrilla fighter during the American Civil War, attacked Lawrence, Kansas, with a force estimated at anywhere from 200 to 450 raiders. Though Senator Lane, a prime target of the raid, managed to escape through a cornfield in his nightshirt, the bushwhackers killed an estimated 150-200 men and boys, dragging many from their homes to kill them before their families. When Quantrill rode out at 9 a.m., most of Lawrence's buildings had been burned, including all but two businesses; his raiders looted indiscriminately and also robbed the town's bank. The raid would become notorious in the North as one of the most vicious atrocities of the Civil War.
    (HN, 8/21/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Quantrill)

1865        Fort Dodge was set up to protect the Santa Fe Trail. No liquor was allowed within 5 miles.
    (SFC, 6/13/98, p.E4)

1867         cJan, Joseph G. McCoy, livestock dealer, began building a stockyard and hotel in Abilene, the westernmost point of the new railroad. He sent agents to Texas to encourage ranchers to drive their cattle up the Chisholm Trail to his holding pens.
    (ON, 4/01, p.12)

1867        Sep 5, The first shipment of cattle left Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1867        Oct 21, Many leaders of the Kiowa, Comanche and Kiowa-Apache signed a peace treaty at Medicine Lodge, Kan. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refused to accept the treaty terms.
    (HN, 10/21/98)

1868         May 26, The Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction. Edward Ross of Kansas cast the deciding vote.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(SFC, 2/12/99, p.A12)

1868        Aug 23, Edgar Lee Masters (d.1950), poet, novelist, was born in Garnett, Kansas.
    (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/3088)

1868        Over 100,000 Texas longhorn cattle came up the Chisholm Trail to the Abilene stockyards.
    (ON, 4/01, p.12)

1869        Sep 27, Wild Bill Hickok, sheriff of Hays City, Kan., shot down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken teamster causing trouble.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1869        Nov 2, Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok lost his reelection bid in Ellis County, Kan.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1871        Apr 15, 'Wild Bill' Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
    (HN, 4/15/99)

1872        Jun 17, Canadian George Hoover hauled in a wagon load of whiskey and set up a tent shop called Hoover’s Bar five miles west of Fort Dodge, Kansas. It was the founding business of Dodge City. The town up to this time had been dry.
    (SFC, 6/13/98, p.E4)(HN, 6/17/98)

1874        Dec 8, The Jesse James gang took a train at Muncie, Kansas.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1874-1879    Benjamin “Pap" Singleton, a former runaway slave from Tennessee, led some 1,100 Tennessee ex-slaves to Kansas and founded the Baxter Springs Colony in Cherokee County and Dunlap colony in Morris County.
    (NH, 7/98, p.28)

1875        Walter Chrysler (d.1940),  the founder of Chrysler Corporation, was born in Kansas.
    (HNQ, 8/21/99)

1876        Wyatt Earp moved to Dodge City, Kansas.
    (MesWP)

1877        Apr 18, In Topeka the Nicodemus Town Company was established by William H. Smith and W.R. Hill. They sold home sites to African Americans who founded the town of Nicodemus in Graham County. The name referred to a legendary slave who arrived in America aboard the 2nd slave ship from Africa and later purchased his freedom.
    (NH, 7/98, p.28,29)

1877        Sep 17, Nearly 350 blacks from Lexington and Georgetown, Kentucky, arrived at Nicodemus.
    (NH, 7/98, p.)

1878        Sep 5, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Clay Allison, four of the West's most famous gunmen, met in Dodge City, Kansas.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1878        Promoter W.R. Hill founded Hill City , the county seat of Graham Ct.
    (NH, 7/98, p.30)

1880        Sep 18, The evening Star was founded in Kansas City by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel Morss.
    (www.kcstar.com/aboutstar/history/date.htm#history)

1881        Feb 19, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
    (AP, 2/19/98)

1881-1885    Fort Hays was the temporary home to the black “buffalo soldiers." They served in the 10th Cavalry Regiment, Company F.
    (NH, 7/98, p.30,32)

1882        Bat Masterson became a Peace Commissioner in Dodge City.
    (MesWP)

1880            Nov 11, Lucretia Mott (née Lucretia Coffin b.1793), US Quaker, died in Abingdon, Kansas. She co-sponsored the First Woman's Rights Convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY.
    (www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAWmott.htm)

1883        Saloon owner Luke Short was told to get out of Dodge and left. But he soon came back, and was joined by the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday.
    (HN, 11/7/98)

1884        Jul 4, 1st US bullfight was held in Dodge City, Ka.
    (Maggio, 98)

1889        Mar 2, Kansas passed 1st US antitrust legislation.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1889        Harry David Lee started H.D. Lee Mercantile in Kansas.
    (SSFC, 8/20/06, p.M4)

1889        Five people were shot dead in Dodge City this year.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.8)

1891        Nov 6, Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer’s "Last Stand" at the Little Bighorn, died at Fort Riley, Kan.
    (HN, 11/6/98)

1892        Sep 8, An early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance" appeared in "The Youth’s Companion," published in Boston and edited by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist, and cousin of writer Edward Bellamy. Frank E. Bellamy (1876-1915) of Cherryvale High School in Kansas had authored a 500-word patriotic essay which included the words of the Pledge of Allegiance and instructions on saluting the American Flag. His teacher entered the "Salute to the Flag" in a contest sponsored by the popular scholastic publication The Youth's Companion. His essay won first place in this national school contest.. [see Oct 12]
    (AP, 9/8/97)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A3)(www.leatherockhotel.com/FrankBellamy.htm)

1892        Oct 5, The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan. They were trying to rob the Condon National Bank and the First National Bank simultaneously in their hometown. They were recognized by home town citizens who sounded the alarm and then armed themselves. A fierce gun battle ensued in which four citizens and four members of the Dalton Gang lost their lives.
    (AP, 10/5/97)(www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/daltons.htm)

1895        Oct 4, Buster Keaton (Joseph F. Keaton), star of silent film comedies including Sherlock, Jr. and The General, was born in Piqua, Kan. He is considered a legendary presence in the history of cinema. Nicknamed 'The Great Stone Face', he graduated to full-length films in the 1920s, which featured his amazing stunts rivaled only by Chaplin.
    (AP, 10/4/97)(HN, 10/4/98)(MC, 10/4/01)

c1895        John E. Wells was editor and publisher of the Caldwell (Kansas) Weekly Advance.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.1)

1896        Apr 25, In Kansas a tornado swept through several counties killing at least 9 people in Clay County. 27 farms were destroyed.
    (SFC, 4/25/09, p.D12)

1897        Jul 24, Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and disappeared in the South Pacific while trying to fly around the world. Her sister Muriel (d.1998 at 98) wrote a biography of Amelia titled: "Courage Is the Price."
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.E2)(HN, 7/24/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart)

1898        Dec 9, Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willie), was born in Sedan, Kansas.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1900        Dec 27, Militant prohibitionist and temperance agitator Carry Nation, (Carrie Nation), first used a hatchet to carry out her public smashings of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan. As a result, the hatchet soon became the symbol of her crusade against alcohol. Born in Kentucky, Nation‘s first husband died of alcoholism and her second marriage ended in divorce. She was often arrested, fined and jailed for her actions. She published the Smasher in Topeka. Advertisers boycotted and the paper failed.
    (AP, 12/27/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)(HNQ, 10/17/99)

1901        Jan 30, Women Prohibitionists smashed 12 saloons in Kansas.
    (HN, 1/30/99)

1901        Pentecostalism was founded by Reverend Charles F. Parham at the Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas.
    (Econ, 12/24/05, p.44)

1904        Feb 14, The "Missouri Kid" was captured in Kansas.
    (HN, 2/14/98)

1906        Feb 1, 1st federal penitentiary building completed in Leavenworth, Kansas.
    (MC, 2/1/02)

1906        Apr 4, John Cameron Swayze, newscaster (Timex, Hindenburg), was born in Wichita, Ks.
    (AP, 4/4/06)

1906        Clark Clifford (d.1998), presidential counselor, was born in Fort Scott.
    (SFEC, 10/11/98, p.A2)

1907        Jul 28, Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), was born in Cherryvale, Ks.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1910        Aug 31, Theodore Roosevelt laid out his progressive philosophy as he delivered the "New Nationalism" speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, effecting a split in the Republican Party. The speech was interpreted as an assault upon the conservatism of the Taft administration. In the speech, Roosevelt proclaimed that the New Nationalism "maintains that every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it."
    (HNQ, 12/22/99)(Economist, 10/13/12, p.23)

1911        Jun 9, Carry Amelia Moore Gloyd Nation (b.1846), American temperance leader, died in Leavenworth, Kansas. She was buried in the Belton City Cemetery, Belton, Cass County, Missouri. Carry Nation was a social reformer, saloon smasher and scourge of barkeepers and drinkers everywhere. She was born in Kentucky on November 25, 1846.
    (www.kshs.org/exhibits/carry/carry8.htm)

1911        Kansas became the first US state to pass “blue sky" rules governing the public offering of securities.  The process culminated in the 1933 Federal Securities Act.
    (Economist, 9/1/12, p.64)

1912        Feb 19, Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], jazz musician (Music 55), was born in Wichita, Ks.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1912        Nov 4, Arizona and Kansas granted women the right to vote. Wisconsin voted against suffrage for women.
    (HN, 11/5/98)(http://library.wisc.edu/etext/WIReader/WER0124-12.html)

1912        Nov 30, Gordon Parks, black artist, photographer, and author of "The Learning Tree," was born in Fort Scott, KS. He directed the film “Shaft" in 1971.
    (HN, 11/30/98)(www.britannica.com)

1914        Jul 4, 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City, Ks).
    (Maggio, 98)

1916        May 20, A tornado hit Codell, Kansas. More hit on the same date in 1917 and 1918.
    (www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/almanac/arc2006/alm06may.htm)

1917        Jun 2, Max Showalter, actor, composer (Stockard Channing Show), was born in Caldwell, Ks.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1918        Mar, The flu epidemic began at Fort Riley, Kansas, where 48 men died. It was carried by recruits to Europe where it mutated and returned with a vengeance. [see May, 1918] The Spanish flu was later thought to be an avian flu that had crossed the species barrier to swine before taking a turn to humans.
    (WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A16)(HNPD, 7/21/98)(SFC, 2/26/01, p.A9)

1920        Robert Stroud (1890-1963), imprisoned  for murder at Leavenworth, Kansas, rescued 3 young sparrows in his prison yard following a storm and began studying birds. He later wrote “Stroud’s Dictionary of Diseases of Birds." Stroud was later transferred to Alcatraz and then to Missouri, where he died.
    (SSFC, 1/15/09, DB p.54)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdman_of_Alcatraz)

1921        Army City, established in Kansas in 1917, burned to the ground.
    (Econ, 10/4/03, p.75)

1925        Jul 2, Marvin Rainwater, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), was born in Wichita, Ks.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1926        Jul 2, Lee Allen Pittsburg, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr. Lee), was born in Kansas.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1930        Apr 28, The first night organized baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
    (HN, 4/28/98)

1930        In Kansas John Brinkley (1885-1942) reacted to losing his medical and broadcast licenses by launching a bid to become state governor, a political position that would enable him to appoint his own members to the medical board and thus regain his right to practice medicine in the state.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Brinkley)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.40)

1930s        Kansas husband-and-wife team Osa and Martin Johnson, flying two Sikorsky amphibian aircraft painted in animal motifs, covered 60,000 miles and photographed the land and peoples of Africa. The Johnsons introduced Depression-era audiences to the beauty of East Africa with their popular travel books and safari documentary films like “Baboona."
    (HNQ, 3/7/01)

1932        Margaret Lowe began her Marlow Woodcuts business in Americus, Kansas.
    (SFC, 1/11/06, p.G2)

1933        Jun 17, In the Kansas City Massacre 1 FBI agent, 4 cops and 1 gangster were killed by the mob.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

1934        May 13, A great dustbowl storm occurred. [see Apr 14, 1935]
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1934        May 19, James Lehrer, broadcast journalist, was born in Wichita, Ks.
    (HN, 5/19/01)

1935        Apr 14, A major sandstorm, dubbed “The Black Blizzard," ravaged the US Midwest. The Black Sunday was the worst day of the almost decade long Dust Bowl era. It ravaged Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In 2005 Timothy Egan authored “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl."
    (SSFC, 1/8/06, p.M1)(www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm)(Sm, 3/06, p.111)

1938        In Luray, Kansas, the Luray United Methodist Church began an annual fish fry to raise funds for a new church building.
    (USAT, 3/23/04, p.11A)

1940        Aug 3, John W. Carlin, Gov-D-KS, was born.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1942        Mar 28, Samuel Ramey, bass (La Scala, Met Opera), was born in Colby, Kansas.
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1942        May 26, John R. Brinkley (b.1885), Kansas scam artist, died in Texas. He was known as the “goat gland doctor" for touting sexual vitality with goat gland implants. He also built one of the nation’s 1st radio stations KFKB (Kansas Folks Know Best), and ran for governor there in 1930 and 1932. In 2002 R. Alton Lee authored “The Bizarre Careers of John R. Brinkley."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Brinkley)(WSJ, 5/24/02, p.W11)

1943        Jul, Lt. Thomas McConnell of Kansas crashed in his B-24 Liberator in deep fog on Guadalcanal after a strike against a Japanese air field. He was the youngest of the 3 “Flying McConnell Brothers."
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A22)

1945        Oct, Capt. Fred McConnell (27) died in the crash of a small private plane while changing assignments.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A22)

1945        Aug 25, At Leavenworth Prison in Kansas the last US mass execution was held. 7 German U-Boat seamen were hanged for the murder of a fellow seaman, a traitor in their eyes who spied on them on behalf of the US military.
    (HC, 1/29/98)

1947        Apr 9, A series of tornadoes struck Kansas, West Texas and Oklahoma. 181 were killed and some 1,300 injured. The Woodward tornado ranked as the deadliest ever to hit Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(AH, 4/07, p.55)

1947        John M. Davis, died broke in a county nursing home. He had spent all his money erecting a monument to himself and his wife in Hiawatha that consisted of 11 life-size statues in Italian marble by an Italian sculptor.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A6)

1948        Hills Pet Nutrition was founded by Kansas veterinarian Mark Morris. After 20 years the company introduced its Science Diet brand. In 1976 it was acquired by Colgate.
    (WSJ, 11/3/97, p.A6)

1951        Aug 11, The Mississippi River flooded some 100,000 acres in Ks, Okla, Mo and Ill.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1953        William Inge’s play, "Picnic," opened on Broadway. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a 1955 film. It was about a drifter who shakes up life in a small Kansas town.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, DB p.37)(WSJ, 4/14/00, p.W14)

1954        May 17, The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration. Landmark initiatives like the 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka helped abolish de facto and de jure segregation that persisted throughout the US. The Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The 12-page historic opinion was written by Chief Justice Earl Warren. The case was Brown vs. Board of Education and the result overturned the 1896 decision of Plessy vs. Ferguson that proclaimed a doctrine of separate but equal. The Plessy vs. Ferguson decision had allowed that as long as accommodation existed, segregation did not constitute discrimination, establishing the doctrine of "separate but equal." In the Brown case, which involved elementary education, the Court ruled unanimously that segregation in public education was a denial of the equal protection of the laws.
    (HFA, 96, p.30)(WSJ,10/26/95, p.A-20)(TMC,1994, p.1954)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-6)(SFEC, 6/8/97, BR p.8)(HN, 5/17/98)(HNQ, 1/26/99)

1954        The Wichita Airport was named McConnell Airport after 2 of the 3 McConnell brothers who died in WW II. The last brother, Lt. Col Edwin Maurice McConnell, died in 1997.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A22)

1955        May 25, Series of 19 twisters destroyed Udall, KS., and most of Blackwell, OK.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1959        Nov 15, Richard Hickok and Perry Smith savagely murdered the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas. The murders inspired Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood" (1966). Hickok and Smith reportedly fled to Florida. Investigators later linked them to the Dec 18, 1959, murders of Cliff Walker, his wife and two children.  
    (www.crimelibrary.com)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A5)(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A8)

1959        Dec 18, In Florida Cliff Walker, his wife and two children were murdered on a ranch in Osprey. Richard Hickok and Perry Smith, the killers of a family in Kansas on Nov 15, were later linked to the murder of the Walker family.
    (SFC, 12/5/12, p.A8)

1962        Sep 26, The cult film "Carnival of Souls" premiered in Lawrence, Kan., where parts of it had been filmed.
    (AP, 9/26/02)

1965        Apr 14, Perry E. Smith and Robert E. Hickok, US murderers, were hanged. Their 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family was described by Truman Capote (1924-1984) in his 1965 book: “In Cold Blood"
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Smith_(murderer))(WSJ, 5/19/07, p.P8)

1966        Jun 8, A tornado hit Topeka, Kansas, killing 16 people and destroying 820 homes.
    (SFC, 6/8/09, p.D8)

1968        Fossil bones of a plesiosaur were unearthed at a Kansas ranch. The 15-foot dinosaur lived about 78 million years ago and was believed to have given birth to live young under water.
    (SFC, 8/12/11, p.A6)(www.oceansofkansas.com/plesiosaur.html)

1970        Oct 2, A plane carrying the Wichita State Univ. football team crashed near Silver Plume, Colorado,  killing 29 passengers as well as the Captain and Flight Attendant.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_State_University_Crash)

1973        Jul, W. Frank Barton (1917-2000) of Kansas co-founded Rent-A-Center with Tom Devlin (25). In its 1st decade annual sales went from $248k to $45.2 million. In 1987 the company was sold for $584 million.
    (http://amarillo.com/stories/100200/tex_centerdies.shtml)(SFC, 10/3/00, p.C2)

1974        Jan 15, In Wichita, Kansas, 4 members of the Otero family were found murdered. Their murder was later associated with the BTK serial killer. In 2005 Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10-counts of 1st degree murder for killings from 1974-1991.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)(www.kansas.com/214/story/16542.html)

1974        Apr, In Wichita, Kansas, Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, strangled Kathryn Bright (21) to death.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

1975        Dec 6, Robert Dole (b.1923) of Kansas, Republican presidential candidate in 1996, married Mary Elizabeth Hanford.
    (www.medaloffreedom.com/BobDole.htm)

1975-1979    Gov. Robert Bennett (d.2000), Republican, served as the state’s 39th governor.
    (SFC, 10/11/00, p.A24)

1977        Apr, In Wichita, Kansas, Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, strangled Shirley Vian (24) to death.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

1977        Dec, In Wichita, Kansas, Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, strangled Nancy Fox (25) to death.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

1978        In Kansas a letter attributed to the BTK serial killer arrived at KAKE-TV that said: “How many people do I have to kill before I get my name in the paper or some national attention."
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)

1984        Rush Limbaugh, an unemployed disc jockey from Kansas City, was hired by a Sacramento AM radio station. In 1988 Limbaugh took his show national and moved to NYC.
    (SFCM, 11/16/03, p.44)

1985        Apr 27, In Wichita, Kansas, Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, abducted Marine Hedge (53) from her home. She was found strangled to death 8 days later.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

1986        Sep 16, In Wichita, Kansas, Vicki Wegerle (28), homemaker and mother of 2, was found strangled in her home. Her murder became the 8th and last associated with the BTK serial killer.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)

1991        Jan 19, In Wichita, Kansas, Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, abducted Dolores Davis (62) from her home. Her death was not associated with the BTK killings until 2005.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

1991        Apr 26, Twenty-three people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/26/01)

1991        Aug 6, The US Justice Department joined forces with the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in fighting a federal judge’s order to keep two abortion clinics in Wichita, Kansas, open.
    (AP, 8/6/01)

1991        Aug 25, Thousands of abortion foes rallied at a stadium in Wichita, Kan., where six weeks of anti-abortion protests led by Operation Rescue resulted in more than 2,600 arrests.
    (AP, 8/24/01)

1993        Aug 19, Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded outside an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan., by Rachelle Shannon. Shannon was later sentenced to eleven years in prison and also ordered to serve 20 additional years for arson and acid attacks at abortion clinics in Oregon, California and Nevada.
    (AP, 8/19/93)

1994        Apr 15, Valerie Niyitegeka, a Tutsi woman whose family farmed near Mount Nyakizu, fled with her husband, Appolloni and their six children as mobs of Hutu men burned Tutsi houses. The father and children were soon killed. In 2011 she testified in Kansas, USA, against Lazare Kobagaya as the US government sought to revoke his US citizenship for allegedly lying to immigration authorities about his involvement in the Rwanda genocide. A US federal jury found Kobagaya lied on immigration forms and deadlocked on his involvement in the genocide. In August, 2011, charges against Kobagaya (84) were dismissed after the government failed to prove he took part in the atrocities.
    (AP, 5/6/11)(SFC, 6/1/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A5)

1994        Kansas introduced the death penalty.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)

1995        May 31, Senator Bob Dole (Kansas) accused Hollywood of promoting violence, rape and casual sex in music and movies saying "the mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end."
    (AP, 5/31/00)

1996        Sam Brownback of Kansas won a US Senate seat by campaigning on the 3Rs: reduce the size of government, reform Congress, and return to traditional values.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, p.30)

1997        Jul 3, Two Union Pacific trains collided 5 miles north of Rossville, Kan., when an engineer overshot a siding a struck an oncoming train 6 cars behind the locomotive; the engineer died in the wreck.
    (SFC, 7/3/97, p.A3)

1997        Aug 2, William Burroughs (1914-1997), writer, the godfather of the beat generation, died of a heart attack at his home in Lawrence, Ka. His work included "Naked Lunch" (1959), which was originally banned and published in the US in 1962. He also wrote the books "Junkie" and "Queer."
    (SFC, 8/4/97, p.E5)(AP, 8/2/98)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.E7)

1998        Apr 2, It was reported that the SubTropolis underground business complex had some 4.3 million sq. feet of mine space converted to warehouse, office and factory use with 50 enterprises employing 1300 people. The industrial park began in 1945 as a limestone mine.
    (WSJ, 4/2/98, p.A1)

1998        Jun 5, Some 70,000 white bass at the Cheney Reservoir west of Wichita had died over the past week from unexplained causes. The reservoir on the north fork of the Ninnescah River was the main drinking water source for Wichita.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)

1998        Jun 8, In Haysville, Kansas, a Debruce Grain Elevator exploded and killed 2 men. Four people were trapped in the wreckage. The death toll rose to five after more victims were found the next day.
    (SFC, 6/9/98, p.A6)(SFC, 6/11/98, p.A3)

1998        Nov 1, Weekend rain caused severe flooding in central Kansas and Oklahoma. The Whitewater and Walnut Rivers topped a 35-foot levee.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.A3)

1998        Nov 3, In Arkansas City, Kansas, a broken levee on the Walnut River flooded the town and forced some 2,000 people from their homes.
    (SFC, 11/4/98, p.A10)

1999        May 3, Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Kansas and at least 40 people were killed. As many as 1,500 homes were destroyed. 38 people were killed in Oklahoma and 5 in Kansas.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1)

1999        May 13, In Mulvane a 17-month old toddler named Jesse Kraus was rescued by firefighters from a well after 5 hours.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A6)

1999        Aug 11, In Kansas the KC Board of Education deleted virtually any mention of evolution from the state's science curriculum. Gov. Bill Graves said the next day that the decision was "out of sync with reality."
    (SFC, 8/12/99, p.A2)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 6, Christopher Jones (47) slit the throats of his 3 children, aged 2 to 7 in McPherson. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2000.
    (SFC, 7/6/00, p.A7)

1999        Oct 23, Jessie Lee Foveaux died at age 100. Her autobiography, "Any Given Day, the Life and Times of Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux," drew a 7-figure sum from Warner Books in 1997. This  resulted from a bidding war following a WSJ article on March 7, 1997.
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 10/26/99, p.A14)

1999        Dec 21, In Oswego 5 boys (17) at Labette County High School were charged with murder conspiracy in a plan to shoot administrators, teachers and a student at their school. At least 39 weapons were confiscated from their homes.
    (SFC, 12/22/99, p.A3)

2000        Jan 23, An ice storm in the Southeast and Midwest knocked out electrical services to a half-million customers. The storm caused a truck to jackknife north of Kansas City resulting in a multicar accident the killed 10 people.
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A2)

2000        Jun 2, In Olathe, Kansas, John Edward Robinson was arrested on sexual assault charges. 2 female bodies were found on his property in La Cygne, Kansas, the next day and 3 more 2 days later in 55-gallon drums in a storage locker in Missouri. 3 of the women were identified as Beverly Bonner (49), who disappeared in 1994, Suzette Marie Trouten (28), and Izabela Lewicka (22). Another 6 missing women were linked to Robinson. In July Robinson was charged in connection with the death of Lisa Stasi, who disappeared in 1985. In 2003 Robinson pleaded guilty to another 5 murders in Missouri.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A9)(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A7)(ST, 10/17/03, p.A7)

2000        Aug 1, Foes of teaching evolution lost or trailed in 3 Kansas school board races.
    (WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 10, Former Gov. Robert Bennett died at age 73. The Republican served as the state’s 39th governor from 1975-1979.
    (SFC, 10/11/00, p.A24)

2000        Nov 7, William Leonard Pickard (55) was arrested on charges of conspiring to operate a massive LSD lab in Wamego.
    (SFC, 6/9/01, p.A1)

2000        Nov 9, William Leonard Pickard (55) and Clyde Apperson (45) of California were indicted by a grand jury in Kansas City for running a massive LSD laboratory inside a decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Ka. Leonard was sentenced on November 25, 2003 to two concurrent life sentences without parole. Apperson was sentenced on November 24, 2003 to 30 years of imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
    (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/313/pickard.shtml)(SFC, 12/7/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 14, In Wichita, Kansas, brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr abducted 5 people from a home, subjected them to sexual acts, and executed them. 4 of the 5 died: Aaron Sander (29), Heather Muller (25), Brad Heyka (27), and Jason Befort (26).
    (SFC, 10/15/02, p.A4)

2001        Jan 9, The newly elected Kansas Board of Education moved to restore evolution to the state science curricula.
    (SFC, 1/10/01, p.A3)

2001        Feb 14, The Kansas Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution as the central theory of man’s origins.
    (WSJ, 2/15/00, p.A1)

2001        Apr 21, In Hoisington, Kansas, a tornado killed 1 person and injured 28.
    (SFC, 4/23/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 28, Joan Finney, whose populist beliefs and gift for connecting with voters helped her become the first woman governor of Kansas, died at 76.
    (AP, 7/28/02)

2002        Apr 6, Sondra Headrick (33) gave birth to sextuplets at Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita.
    (SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A2)

2003        May 5, Tornadoes across Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee left at least 40 people dead.
    (SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)

2003        Aug 30, A flashflood swept cars off the Kansas Turnpike in Emporia and at least 4 children were killed with 2 missing.
    (WSJ, 9/2/03, p.A1)

2004        Jan, Gov. Sebelius proposed a tax increase for schools.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)

2004        Jul 2, In Kansas City, Kansas, Elijah Brown (21), an employee at the ConAgra Foods meat-packing plant, went on a shooting rampage that left 5 dead including himself. A 6th person died overnight.
    (AP, 7/3/04)

2004        Dec 16, Bobbie Jo Stinnet (23) was found strangled to death in Maryville, Mo., with her baby girl cut from her womb. Police within days arrested Lisa M. Montgomery (36) of Melvern, Kansas. The baby was rescued alive. Montgomery faced trial for allegedly strangling Stinnett, performing a crude Caesarean section on her and parading the infant around as her own. Montgomery was convicted in Oct, 2007, and sentenced to death in April, 2008.
    (SFC, 12/22/04, p.A3)(AP, 12/16/05)(SFC, 4/5/08, p.A3)

2005        Feb 25, Kansas police arrested Dennis Rader, a 59-year-old city worker at his suburban home in Park City. They believe he is the notorious BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s. He resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.
    (AP, 2/26/05)(SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)

2005        Mar 1, Dennis Rader, the churchgoing family man accused of leading a double life as the BTK serial killer, was charged in Wichita, Kan., with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Rader later pleaded guilty and received multiple life sentences.
    (AP, 3/1/06)

2005        May 23, Kansas City rapper Anthony “Fat Tone" Watkins (24) and another man were found shot dead in the Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas. Police later said that a SF rap promoter named “Mac Minister" and a friend killed the 2 men to avenge the Nov, 2004, killing of Andre “Mac Dre" Hicks in Kansas.
    (SFC, 5/26/05, p.B5)(SFC, 11/29/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 13, Archaeologists in Kansas working near the Colorado-Kansas border reported radiocarbon dating results finished in February that showed mammoth and prehistoric camel bones dating back to 12,200 years ago.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

2005        Jun 27, In Kansas BTK suspect Dennis Rader (60) pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder, admitting in a chillingly matter-of-fact voice to a series of slayings that terrorized the city from 1974-1991. Rader later received multiple life sentences.
    (AP, 6/27/06)

2005        Aug 18, In Kansas BTK killer Dennis Rader 960) was sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms after a hearing where family members spoke of their grief and loss.
    (AP, 8/19/05)

2005        Oct 21, The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously struck down a state law that punished underage sex more severely if it involved homosexual acts.
    (AP, 10/22/06)

2005        Nov 3, Matthew Limon (23) was released after spending five years in prison following the Oct. 21 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that determined it was unconstitutional to punish underage sex between homosexuals more harshly than between heterosexuals.
    (AP, 11/4/05)

2005        Nov 8, The Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 that students will be expected to study doubts about Darwinian evolutionary theory.
    (SFC, 11/9/05, p.A3)

2005        Nov 11, It was reported that a rare 1,400-pound meteorite was recently discovered seven feet underground in southern Kansas by Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., in an area long known for producing prized space rocks.
    (AP, 11/11/05)

2005        Nov 13, Koch Industries, a private conglomerate in Kansas, agreed to buy Georgia-Pacific for $13.2 billion, making it America’s biggest privately owned company.
    (Econ, 11/19/05, p.67)

2006        Feb 12, In Kansas, Toby Young (48), a married mother and dog trainer, helped John Manard (27), a man convicted of felony murder, escape from a Lansing Correctional Facility. They were caught Feb 24 in Tennessee. Young was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Manard was given an additional 10 years to his life sentence.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 2/9/08, p.A1)

2006        Apr 3, David Wittig, former chairman and CEO of Westar Energy, was sentenced in Kansas to 18 years in prison for defrauding the company. Former VP David Lake was sentenced to 15 years. Both men were ordered to pay fines of $5 million each.
    (WSJ, 4/4/06, p.C3)

2006        Apr 20, In Columbus, Kansas, 5 teenage boys were arrested for threatening to carry out a shooting spree at their high school on the anniversary of the Columbine bloodbath.
    (SFC, 4/25/06, p.A3)

2006        Aug 1, Kansas voters in the state’s primary ousted the conservative majority on the Board of Education that favored “intelligent design" over Darwin’s theory of evolution.
    (SFC, 8/3/06, p.A3)

2006        Oct 26, On Hoxie, Kansas, Sheridan County sheriff James Johnson (54) was shot and killed as he interviewed Steven Paul Reitcheck (36) about possible commitment to a mental health facility. A deputy then shot and killed Reitcheck.
    (SFC, 10/27/06, p.A3)

2006        Dec 31, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declared statewide emergencies after a winter storm dumped as much as 3-feet of snow across much of the Plains. Snowdrifts reached 10 feet and 12 people died in 4 states.
    (SFC, 1/1/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 20, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback began a long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He withdrew in October.
    (AP, 1/20/08)

2007        May 4, Tornadoes in southwest Kansas killed at least seven people and leveled most of Greensburg.
    (AP, 5/5/07)

2007        Jun 2, Kelsey Smith (18) went missing when she went to a Target store in the Overland Park suburb of Kansas City to buy a gift for her boyfriend. On June 6 police found her body in a wooded area near Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of the Target store. Edwin R. Hall (26) was arrested shortly after her body was found. In 2008 Hall pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 7/23/08)

2007        Jun 6, Police arrested a man in the abduction and death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, whose body was found in a Missouri park four days after she'd disappeared from a Kansas store's parking lot.
    (AP, 6/6/08)

2007        Sep 17, A US soldier in Kansas filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of practices that discriminate against non-Christians in the military. A superior had threatened to file military charges against Spec. Jeremy Hall after he tried to convene a meeting for atheists and non-Christians.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)

2007        Nov 23, Emily Sander (18), a Kansas college student and Internet porn star, was last seen leaving a bar in El Dorado, about 30 miles from Wichita, with a man identified as Israel Mireles (24). Her body was found Nov 29 about 50 miles east of El Dorado. Mireles was arrested in Mexico on Dec 19 and extradited to the US on June 25, 2009.
    (AP, 11/29/07)(AP, 11/30/07)(SFC, 12/20/07, p.A4)(SFC, 6/27/09, p.A4)

2007        Dec 1, Police in Wichita, Kan., identified a body found days earlier as that of Emily Sander, a missing college student whose disappearance drew nationwide attention after the discovery she was also an Internet pornography model named Zoey Zane. As of 2008 suspect Israel Mireles, was fighting extradition from Mexico.
    (AP, 12/1/08)

2007        Dec 15, A winter storm dropped snow from the Plains to the Midwest with as much as a foot of snow in Kansas. Forecasts called for as much as 15 inches for sections of southern Michigan.
    (SSFC, 12/16/07, p.A4)

2007        Dec 23, High wind and ice coated power lines blacked out tens of thousands of people in the Midwest. The storm was blamed for at least 22 deaths. At least 8 people in Minnesota, 5 in Wisconsin, 3 each in Indiana and Wyoming and one each in Michigan, Texas and Kansas were killed in traffic accidents.
    (AP, 12/23/07)(WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A1)(SFC, 12/25/07, p.A11)

2008        Feb 9, Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a narrow win in Louisiana.
    (AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 2/10/08, p.A1)

2008        May 23, In Kansas at least 17 tornadoes touched ground, one of which killed 2 people in a car 75 miles west of Wichita.
    (SSFC, 5/25/08, p.A2)

2008        Nov 1, Members of the Machinists Union, representing some 27,000 workers in Washington, Oregon, and Kansas, ratified a new contract with the Boeing Co. ending an 8-week strike.
    (SSFC, 11/2/08, p.A4)

2009        Jan 24, In Kansas two people were killed and seven wounded in a shooting on the ninth day of the wake at a house in Wichita.
    (AP, 1/25/09)

2009        Feb 16, In Kansas Republican legislators blocked an effort by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to transfer funds to allow the state to pay its bills. Income tax refunds were suspended and the state payroll was threatened. The impasse was resolved the next day as Gov. Sibelius met a key Republican demand and signed a bill to balance the budget.
    (WSJ, 2/17/09, p.A5)(WSJ, 2/18/09, p.A6)

2009        Feb 18, President Barack Obama unveiled the next step in his multi-pronged efforts to lift the United States out of recession, pledging up to $275 billion to help stem a wave of home foreclosures that sparked the US financial meltdown. Obama advisors said he has settled on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as top choice for secretary of health and human services.
    (Reuters, 2/18/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A4)

2009        May 8, In the Midwest a wave of storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. 5 people were left dead.
    (AP, 5/9/09)

2009        May 28, Kavya Shivashankar (13) of Olathe, Kansas, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 5/29/09, p.A1)

2009        May 31, In Kansas abortion Dr. George Tiller (67) was shot and killed while serving as an usher during morning services in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Scott Roeder (51) fired one shot at Tiller and threatened two other people who tried to stop him. Roeder was taken into custody some 170 miles away in a Kansas City suburb about three hours after the shooting. Tiller’s clinic had been bombed in 1986, blockaded and vandalized in 1991 and in 1993 he was shot in both arms. On Jan 29, 2010, Roeder (51) was convicted of first degree murder. On April 1, 2010 Roeder was sentenced to life in prison. 
    (AP, 6/1/09)(SFC, 6/3/09, p.A7)(Econ, 6/6/09, p.30)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A4)(SFC, 4/2/10, p.A7)

2009        Jun 9, In Kansas David Lee Gage of Wichita committed suicide in his jail cell. He faced 30 years in prison for raping 3 women who had advertised erotic services on Craigslist.
    (SFC, 6/10/09, p.A5)

2009        Jun 22, In Kansas 4 bodies, including a 3-year-old girl, were found on the front year of a Kansas City home. Adrian Burks (37) was arrested the next day and charged with aggravated battery in the beating of another man hours before the slayings. Two days later Burks was charged with the 4 murders.
    (SFC, 6/26/09, p.A5)

2010        May 10, Several tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and Kansas. 5 people were killed and dozens more injured. Flattened homes, toppled semitrailers and downed power lines were left behind.
    (AP, 5/11/10)

2010        Oct 20, In Kansas Dr. Stephen Schneider was sentenced to 30 years in prison for unlawfully writing prescriptions, health care fraud and money laundering. His wife was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/21/10, p.A6)

2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)

2011        Jan 10, Sam Brownback (b.1956) began serving as the 46th governor of Kansas. He immediately created the post of Repealer to free business from the burden of complying with an endless accumulation of rules.
    (Econ, 3/16/13, SR p.15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Brownback)

2011        Apr 14, Denmark's foreign minister said she will urge US states such as Texas and Ohio to stop using a drug produced by a Danish company in lethal injections. Lene Espersen said she cannot take direct action against the company that produces pentobarbital because the drug is not exported from Denmark. It is produced by a plant in Kansas that is owned by Denmark's Lundbeck A/S. Britain announced it was banning the export of three such drugs to the United States.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

2011        May 25, The death toll from the May 22 tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125. A violent storm system across a wide swath of the Midwest and South spawned tornadoes and powerful winds. 9 people were killed in Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas and 4 in Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)

2011        Jun 2, In Costa Rica US high school student Justin Johnston (16), of McLouth, Kansas, was shot and killed at a hotel by a security guard who mistook him for a thief.
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011        Jun 28, Two Kansas doctors filed a suit to stop the state from enforcing a new abortion licensing law due to take effect July 1.
    (SFC, 6/28/11, p.A6)

2011        Jul 1, A US federal judge blocked Kansas from enforcing new abortion regulations that would have prevented two of the state’s three abortion providers from continuing to terminate pregnancies.
    (SFC, 7/2/11, p.A5)

2011        Oct 29, In Kansas an explosion at a grain elevator in Atchinson killed 6 people and critically injured 2 others with severe burns.
    (SFC, 10/31/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A7)

2011        Dec 19, Fierce winds and snow that caused fatal road accidents and shuttered highways in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The storm was blamed for at least six deaths.
    (AP, 12/20/11)

2012        Feb 29, At least 16 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed including 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/7hrqnq4)

2012        Mar 10, Rick Santorum won the Republican caucuses in Kansas picking up 33 of 40 delegates. Mitt Romney won 7 of 12 delegates in Wyoming.
    (SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A12)

2012        Mar 30, Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot.
    (AP, 3/31/12)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region. About 75 tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)

2012        May 11, The US Attorney in Kansas announced racketeering and other charges against 23 members of the Nortenos gang in Dodge City.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
2012        May 11, In Kansas 3 recent graduates of Oral Roberts Univ. and a former business instructor were killed when their small Cessna airplane crashed near Chanute. Hannah Luce (22) was reportedly pulled out of the burning aircraft by a passenger, an Iraq war veteran, who later died from his injuries.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/7vapwkp)

2012        May 25, Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making decisions, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group.
    (Reuters, 5/25/12)

2012        Jun 7, In central Florida a single-engine plane crashed in the Tiger Creek Preserve killing Ron Bramlage (45), his wife and their 4 children. The family was returning home to Junction City, Kansas, from the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)

2012        Aug 6, Thousands of fish were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster, making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the Missouri River.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

2012        Nov, Google began connecting Google Fiber, an ultra-fast broadband network, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.64)

2012        Dec 16, In Topeka, Kansas, Cpl. David Gogian (50) and Jeff Atherly (29) were killed as they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers tried to negotiate with suspect David Tiscareno (22) before firing tear gas into the home. Tiscareno was shot by police and died of his wounds the next day.
    (AP, 12/17/12)(SFC, 12/18/12, pA7)

2012        Kansas cut its income taxes.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A6)
2012        The state of Kansas doubled its wind power capacity this year. This now provided 11% of its electricity.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.36)

2013        May 10, In Kansas Kyle Flack, a convicted felon, was charged with the slaying of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White. The 3 were found dead a week earlier on a farm near Ottawa, Kan. On May 11 the body of Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter was also found.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A5)

2013        May 19, More than two dozen tornadoes were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. A half-mile wide twister struck near Oklahoma City and at least one person was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/20/13)

2013        Dec 13, In Kansas airport worker Terry Lee Loewen (58) was arrested at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Regional Airport as part of an FBI sting. He planned to attack the airport with what he thought were explosives loaded in a car in as plot aiming to support al-Qaida. On June 8, 2015, Loewen admitted to plotting a suicide bomb attack.
    (SFC, 12/14/13, p.A7)(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)

2013        In Kansas Robert Vicino (59) began developing his $25 million Vivos Survival Shelter inside a former limestone mine in Atchinson. He offered families RV space for $25,000 and guaranteed a year’s worth of food, water and generator fuel in the event of some dire calamity.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A17)

2014        Jan 17, The US Election Assistance Comission denied requests from Arizona, Georgia and Kansas to modify the federal registration form for their residents. It said heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements would likely hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
    (SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)

2014        Mar 19, Rev. Fred Phelps (84), an anti-gay minister and head of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)

2014        Apr 13, In Kansas 3 people were killed after Frazier Glenn Miller (73) of Aurora, Mo., opened fire outside at two Jewish sites in Overland Park. On Aug 31, 2015 Miller, a former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party, was convicted of murder and other charges. On Sep 8, 2015, a jury recommended the death penalty.
    (SFC, 4/14/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/1/15, p.A5)(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A6)

2014        Oct 30, In Kansas a small private jet crashed after takeoff at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Pilot Mark Goldstein was killed along with three others on the ground. At least five others were injured.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)

2014        Daniel Schulman authored “Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty."
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.76)

2015        Apr, Kansas passed a law allowing residents to carry concealed handguns without having to get a license.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.23)

2015        May 7, Residents of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and northern Texas cleaned up after overnight storms spawned 51 tornadoes that left at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A8)

2015        Jun 7, Kansas under Gov. Sam Brownback was reported facing a revenue gap of more than $400 million after slashing income taxes in 2012.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A6)

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