Return to home 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
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.
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 The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed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,
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.
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
1855 Nov 21, Franklin Colman, a
pro-slavery Missourian, gunned down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from
Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
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
1856 May 21, Lawrence, Kansas,
was captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
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,
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.
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.
1861 Jul 1, The US War
Department decreed that Kansas and Tennessee were to be canvassed
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
1868 Over 100,000 Texas
longhorn cattle came up the Chisholm Trail to the Abilene
(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.
1869 Nov 2, Sheriff Wild Bill
Hickok lost his reelection bid in Ellis County, Kan.
1871 Apr 15, 'Wild Bill' Hickok
became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
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)
1873 In Kansas an excavation
found 11 bodies in a garden. A family of four who came to be known
as the "Bloody Benders" had lured travelers into their home inviting
them for a hot meal and a place to rest. Some later suspected the
Benders killed up to 21 people. The Bender family had fled and were
1874 Dec 8, The Jesse James
gang took a train at Muncie, Kansas.
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
1876 Wyatt Earp moved to Dodge
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.
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
1881 Feb 19, Kansas became the
first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1881-1885 Fort Hays was the temporary home to the
black “buffalo soldiers." They served in the 10th Cavalry Regiment,
(NH, 7/98, p.30,32)
1882 Bat Masterson became a
Peace Commissioner in Dodge City.
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.
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
1884 Jul 4, 1st US bullfight
was held in Dodge City, Ka.
1889 Mar 2, Kansas passed 1st
US antitrust legislation.
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.
1891 Members of the Kansas
Farmers’ Alliance supposedly coined the term “populist" to describe
(Econ 7/1/17, SR p.8)
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,
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.
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,
1898 Dec 9, Emmett Kelly,
circus clown (Weary Willie), was born in Sedan, Kansas.
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,
1901 Jan 30, Women
Prohibitionists smashed 12 saloons in Kansas.
1901 Pentecostalism was founded
by Reverend Charles F. Parham at the Bethel Bible College in Topeka,
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.44)
1904 Feb 14, The "Missouri Kid"
was captured in Kansas.
1906 Feb 1, 1st federal
penitentiary building completed in Leavenworth, Kansas.
1906 Apr 4, John Cameron
Swayze, newscaster (Timex, Hindenburg), was born in Wichita, Ks.
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.
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." He also warned that America’s industrial economy had been taken
over by a handful of corporate giants garnering wealth for a small
number of people.
(HNQ, 12/22/99)(Econ, 10/13/12, p.23)(Econ,
9/17/16, SR p.3)
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.
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
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.64)
1912 Feb 19, Stan Kenton,
[Newcomb], jazz musician (Music 55), was born in Wichita, Ks.
1912 Nov 4, Arizona and Kansas
granted women the right to vote. Wisconsin voted against suffrage
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.
1914 Jul 4, 1st US motorcycle
race (300 miles, Dodge City, Ks).
1916 May 20, A tornado hit
Codell, Kansas. More hit on the same date in 1917 and 1918.
1917 Jun 2, Max Showalter,
actor, composer (Stockard Channing Show), was born in Caldwell, Ks.
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
(WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A16)(HNPD, 7/21/98)(SFC, 2/26/01,
1920 Sep, African American
boxer Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth
for ten months following a plea bargain after an all-white jury
convicted him of violating the Mann Act. Johnson was arrested in
1912 on charges of violating the Mann Act, forbidding one to
transport a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes," a
racially motivated charge that embroiled him in controversy for his
relationships with white women. Johnson had skipped bail and lived
in Europe for seven years.
1920 Robert Stroud (1890-1963),
imprisoned for murder at Fort 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
(SSFC, 1/15/09, DB
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.
1926 Jul 2, Lee Allen
Pittsburg, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr. Lee), was born in Kansas.
1930 Apr 28, The first night
organized baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
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."
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.
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.
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."
1936 Oct 31, The Literary
Digest published a poll that predicted that Alfred Landon, the
governor of Kansas, would win over Pres. Roosevelt with 57% of the
popular vote. Landon lost all but two states to Roosevelt.
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.
1942 Mar 28, Samuel Ramey, bass
(La Scala, Met Opera), was born in Colby, Kansas.
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.
(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
(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
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
(WSJ, 11/3/97, p.A6)
1951 Aug 11, The Mississippi
River flooded some 100,000 acres in Ks, Okla, Mo and Ill.
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 in the landmark
initiative of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. It 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 result overturned the 1896
decision of Plessy vs. Ferguson that proclaimed a doctrine of
separate but equal. The Plessy 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.
p.A-6)(SFEC, 6/8/97, BR p.8)
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
(SFC, 9/6/97, p.A22)
1955 May 25, Series of 19
twisters destroyed Udall, KS., and most of Blackwell, OK.
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,
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
(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.
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"
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.
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
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.
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.
1974 Apr, In Wichita, Kansas,
Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, strangled Kathryn Bright (21)
1975 Dec 6, Robert Dole
(b.1923) of Kansas, Republican presidential candidate in 1996,
married Mary Elizabeth Hanford.
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
1977 Dec, In Wichita, Kansas,
Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, strangled Nancy Fox (25) to
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
(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.
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)
1989 Garmin Ltd., an American
multinational technology company formerly known as ProNav, was
founded by Gary Burrell and Min Kao in Lenexa, Kansas, United
States, with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. In 2010 the company was
incorporated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
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.
1991 Apr 26, Twenty-three
people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and
1993 Aug 1, Ewing Marion
Kauffman (b.1916) founder of Marion Laboratories (1950) and the
Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (1966), died in
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.
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.
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.
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,
1994 Kansas introduced the
(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."
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,
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
(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 Nov, In Kansas Tom Bledsoe
(25) confessed to the rape and murder of a sister-in-law (14). Days
later he recanted and pinned the crime on his younger brother,
Floyd. In 2015 Floyd was freed after serving more than 15 years of a
life sentence after his brother confessed in suicide notes that he
was the actual killer.
(SFC, 12/9/15, p.A10)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.25)
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
(SFC, 12/22/99, p.A3)
1999 Norman Conard and his high
school students in rural Kansas began producing "Life in a Jar," a
play about Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved hundreds of
Jewish children during the Holocaust, as part of a history project.
On June 11, 2018, Poland's Culture Ministry and the San
Francisco-based Taube Philanthropies presented Conard with the 2018
Irena Sendler Memorial Award in Warsaw.
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
(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.
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
(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
(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.
2002 Apr 6, Sondra Headrick
(33) gave birth to sextuplets at Via Christi Medical Center in
(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.
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,
2004 Thomas Frank authored his
bestseller “What’s the Matter with Kansas."
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.70)
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.
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.
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.
2005 Jun, The BATS (Better
Alternative Trading System), led by computer programmer Dave
Cummings, was incorporated. Within 2 years the Kansas City operation
became America’s 3rd largest stock market. It became operator of a
licensed US stock exchange in 2008 and opened its pan-European stock
market in October 2008. In 2016 Bats Global Markets was sold
to the CBOE options exchange.
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.
2005 Oct 21, The Kansas Supreme
Court unanimously struck down a state law that punished underage sex
more severely if it involved homosexual acts.
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.
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.
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)
2005 The Pastafarian group,
called FSM for short, was formed as a protest against efforts in
Kansas to teach not only evolution, but also “intelligent design."
Its founder sent a letter about FSM as a way to argue against
teaching creationism in biology classes. The group claimed that the
world was created by a monster made of noodles. In 2015 New Zealand
approved the group as suitable to officiate weddings.
(SSFC, 12/20/15, p.A8)(AP, 9/18/19)
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
(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
(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
(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.
2007 May 4, Tornadoes in
southwest Kansas killed at least seven people and leveled most of
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.
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.
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
(AP, 12/23/07)(WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A1)(SFC,
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.
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
2009 May 28, Kavya Shivashankar
(13) of Olathe, Kansas, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in
(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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
(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
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, dr awing criticism from a national
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
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
(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A6)
2012 The state of Kansas
doubled its wind power capacity this year. This now provided 11% of
(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.
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,
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
(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
(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)
2015 Jun 19, Two Kansas men
attacked three Somali men outside an African grocery store in Dodge
City. On Feb 22, 2017, Omar Cantero Martinez was sentenced to 26
months in jail and Armando Sotelo was given a time-served sentence
of 20 months for the attack.
(http://tinyurl.com/j27e9t7)(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A4)
2015 Nov 10, Avowed white
supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. was sentenced to death for the
April 13, 2014, fatal shootings of 3 people at Jewish sites in
(SFC, 11/11/15, p.A8)
2015 Dec 8, In Kansas Floyd
Bledsoe (39) was freed after serving more than 15 years of a life
sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law after his
brother confessed in suicide notes that he was the actual killer.
(SFC, 12/9/15, p.A10)
2016 Feb 25, In Kansas a gunman
killed 3 people and wounded 14 others at a lawnmower factory before
being gunned down by police in the latest mass shooting to rock the
United States. Cedric Ford (38) wrked at Excel Industries, located
in Hesston, a community north of Wichita.
2016 Mar 7, In Kansas Pablo
Antonio Serrano-Vitorino (40) killed a neighbor and 3 other men in
Kansas City. He then gunned down another man the next morning at the
man's rural home in Missouri. He had been deported in April 2004
because he was in the country illegally, but had re-entered.
Serrano-Vitorino was captured on March 9.
2016 Mar 24, Kansas woman Shona
Banda filed a federal lawsuit suing the state and some agencies
involved in questioning and removing her son (11) from her home
after he spoke up at school about her use of marijuana, which she
said was used to treat her Crohn’s disease.
(SSFC, 3/27/16, p.A8)
2016 Mar 22, In Oklahoma a
wildfire began and spread to Kansas. By Easter it covered 620 square
miles making it the biggest wildfire in Kansas history.
(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 6, Kansas and Oklahoma
authorities said wildfires this week have burned through thousands
of acres, scorched numerous structures and prompted hundreds of
people to evacuate their homes ahead of the blazes.
2016 May 9, In Kansas City,
Kan., a police detective was fatally shot while helping respond to a
report of a suspicious person near a racetrack. Parolee Curtis Ayers
(28) was shot and taken into custody after trying to carjack a
woman’s vehicle following a police chase.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 5, A federal judge
ruled that Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, In Kansas City,
Kansas, police Capt. Robert Melton was shot and killed while
searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting. The alleged shooter
was soon caught.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Aug 7, In Kansas Caleb
Schwab (10), the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated as
he rode a 168-foot-tall water slide at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark
in Kansas City. In 2018 the water park co-owner Jeff Henry was
arrested. The slide's designer, John Schooley was also arrested.
(SFC, 8/11/16, p.A6)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.A5)
2016 Sep 26, It was announced
that Kansas-based BATS Global Markets, an operator of four stock
exchanges, will be sold to the CBOE options exchange for $3.2
(http://tinyurl.com/hp8ff6l)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.70)
2017 Jan 20, John Albers (17)
was shot and killed by police as he backed a minivan out of his
family's garage. Officers were responding to a report that he was
making suicidal comments on social media. Albers was shot 13 times.
In 2019 his mother reached a $2.3 million settlement with the city
of Overland Park.
(http://tinyurl.com/ybsrqdh7)(SFC, 1/16/19, p.A5)
2017 Feb 22, In Kansas a
racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar
left Srinivas Kuchibhotla of India dead and two other men
hospitalized. Adam Purinton (51) used "racial slurs" before he
opened fire as patrons of Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe watched
the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television. Ian
Grillot (24) ran at the gunman to stop him from fleeing and was shot
in the hand and chest. On June 9 a federal grand jury indicted
Purinton on hate crime charges. On August 8, 2018, Purinton was
sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
(AP, 2/24/17)(SFC, 3/29/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 6/11/17,
p.A11)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A4)
2017 Mar 2, The Kansas Supreme
Court ruled that the state’s spending on public education was
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 8, Wildfires in
Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas left 6 people dead along with
some 2,500 adult cattle and 1,000 calves.
(SFC, 3/9/17, p.A7)
2017 May 17, Chelsea Manning
(29) was released from the prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas
owing to a commutation of her 35 year sentence by Pres. Barack Obama
before he left office. In July 2010, Manning -- then a male soldier
known as Bradley -- was arrested over the release of a huge trove of
more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via
(AFP, 5/17/17)(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A9)
2017 Jun 23, A Kansas federal
jury awarded nearly $218 million to farmers who sued Sygenta, a
Swiss agribusiness, over its introduction of a genetically
engineered corn seed variety. Sygenta vowed to appeal.
(SFC, 6/24/17, p.D2)
2017 Jun 29, In Kansas a prison
riot at the El Dorado Correctional Facility involved 60 to 80
inmates. Two other uprisings had taken place during the week of May
8 and on June 24.
(SFC, 7/26/17, p.A7)
2017 Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew
Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake
911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address.
Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next
day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal
shooting. On Nov. 13, 2018, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the
hoax call following a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50
bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. On March 31, 2019, Barriss
was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A5)(SFC,
2018 Feb 17, In Kansas Emily
Glass (27) reported that her stepson Lucas Hernandez (5) was missing
from their Wichita home. On May 24 she led a private investigator to
the boy's decaying remains. 20 miles north of Wichita. On June 8
Glass was found dead with three suicide notes and a rifle at her
(SFC, 6/9/18, p.A7)
2018 Mar 12, In Kansas a $1.5
billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering
tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol
plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its
introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed. The settlement
must be approved by a federal judge in Kansas.
2018 Mar 25, Linda Brown (75),
a key figure in the 1954 school segregation case (Brown vs Bosrd of
Education of Topeka), died in Topeka, Kansas. Her father, Oliver
Brown (d.1961), had tried to enroll her into an all-white school and
became the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down
racial segregation in public schools.
(SFC, 3/28/18, p.D2)
2018 Apr 18, In Kansas a
federal jury convicted three men of plotting to bomb an apartment
complex in Garden City where Somali immigrants lived and worshipped.
(SFC, 4/19/18, p.A5)
2018 May 4, In Kansas Adam
Purinton (52), who shot dead Indian immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla
(32) while shouting "get out of my country," was sentenced to life
2018 Jun 15, In Kansas
sheriff's Deputy Patrick Rohrer (35) was killed and another
critically wounded when an inmate being transported to a hearing in
Kansas City got hold of a weapon and shot them. The suspect was also
wounded. Both the wounded were hospitalized. Deputy Theresa King
(44) died of her wounds early the next day.
(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jul 6, In Kansas City,
Mo., Sharath Koppu (25), an engineering student from India, was
fatally shot during a robbery at a restaurant. Koppu had already
quit his part-time job at the restaurant and was working his last
shift when he was killed. On July 15 police fatally shot suspect
Marlin Mack (25) after he opened fire on officers with a
high-powered semi-automatic rifle outside a motel and later at a
2018 Sep 16, In Kansas Deputy
Robert Kunze (41) was fatally shot after a fight erupted during the
arrest of supected vehicle thief Robert Greeson (29) in a rural area
near Wichita. Greeson was pronounced dead at the scene.
(SFC, 9/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 6, Kansas voters
elected Laura Kelly (D) over Kris Kobach (R) to serve as state
(SFC, 11/7/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 6, In Kansas, Sharice
Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women
elected to Congress.
2019 Jan 25, In Kansas three
men were sentenced to prison terms of 25 to 30 years for plotting to
blow up an apartment complex in Garden City where Somali refugees
(SFC, 1/28/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 8, Kansas Dr. Steven
R. Henson (57) was sentenced to life in prison for unlawfully
prescribing medication blamed for an overdose death.
(SSFC, 3/10/19, p.A13)
2019 Mar 17, The Missouri River
reached a record 30.2 feet in Iowa's Fremont County. Heavy rainfall
and snowmelt caused flooding in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
with at least two deaths reported.
(SFC, 3/18/19, p.A8)
2019 Apr 26, Kansas' highest
court ruled that the state Constitution protects abortion rights and
blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester
method for ending pregnancies.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A4)
2019 May 28, In eastern Kansas
a tornado injured at least 15 people, three of them seriously, in
Douglas and Leavenworth Counties.
(SFC, 5/30/19, p.A10)
2019 Jul 29, In Kansas Mark
Harrison (38), a former university researcher, was sentenced to four
years and two months in prison for shooting and wounding police
Officer Pat Tiede in Feb, 2018.
2019 Aug 28, Kansas police shot
and killed Jeremy Connolly (28) after a 911 caller reported that
someone was injured or dead inside a Salina home. Officers found
blood on the porch and Linda Kromer (71), his step-grandmother,
stabbed to death on the first floor of the home.
2019 Oct 6, In Kansas four
people were killed and five wounded early today when one or two
suspects opened fire inside the Tequila KC Bar in Kansas City.
Police were hunting for the shooters. One of the two suspects was
arrested this afternoon. The other remained at large.
(Reuters, 10/6/19)(AP, 10/7/19)
2020 Jan 10, Boeing Co's
biggest supplier, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, said it plans to
lay off more than 20% of the workforce at its Wichita-Kansas base as
it grapples with halted production and uncertainty over when 737 MAX
jets will return to service.
2020 Mar 3, The US Supreme
Court widened the ability of states to use criminal laws against
illegal immigrants and other people who do not have work
authorization in the United States in a ruling involving identity
theft prosecutions in Kansas.
2020 Mar 12, John Christopher
Colletti (35) was arrested at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in
Mayetta, Kansas, accused of attempting to steal $20,000 (£15,667)
from an advance kiosk. The FBI later said he had used a prosthetic
face mask to pose as an elderly gambler, in order to steal nearly
$100,00 (£78,332) from the MGM Grand.
(The Independent, 7/24/20)
2020 Mar 23, The US Supreme
Court limited the rights of criminal defendants, declaring that
states can bar them from using the so-called insanity defense in a
ruling involving a Kansas man sentenced to death for killing four
members of his family.
2020 Apr 9, In Kansas inmates
rampaged at a prison in Lansing where at least 28 people have been
sickened by the coronavirus.
(SSFC, 4/12/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 11, The Kansas Supreme
Court ruled that a Republican-dominated legislative panel exceeded
its authority when it tried to overturn Democratic Gov. Laura
Kelly’s executive order banning religious and funeral services of
more than 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Apr 29, A federal appeals
court panel ruled that Kansas cannot require voters to show proof of
citizenship when they register, dealing a blow to efforts by
Republicans in several states who have pursued restrictive voting
laws as a way of combating voter fraud.
2020 May 3, In Kansas police
Officer Mike Mosher was off-duty but in uniform when he saw an
apparent hit-and-run and pursued the suspect, which led to a
shootout. The suspect died at the scene and Mosher died at a
2020 Aug 28, In Indiana Keith
Nelson (45), the killer of a Kansas girl, became the fifth federal
inmate put to death this year, an execution that went forward only
after a higher court tossed a ruling that would have required the
government to get a prescription for the drug used to kill him. In
1999 Nelson raped and strangled Pamela Butler (10) with a wire.
2020 Oct 9, Kansas' top public
health official warned that the state is losing the battle with the
coronavirus. Total cases rose to 65,807 with 763 deaths.
(SFC, 10/10/20, p.A6)
2020 Nov 25, A statewide order
by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly requiring facemasks went into effect. 62
counties joined the rule and 43 opted out.
(SFC, 11/28/20, p.A6)
2020 Nov 25, It was reported
that the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's
largest tribal national park (444 acres) on a forested bluff
overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people.
The new Ioway Tribal National Park will overlook a historic trading
village where the Ioway people bartered for buffalo hides and
pipestones with other tribes during the 13th to 15th centuries.