The Pla-Mor Ballroom opens at 3142 Main St. to a crowd of 4,100 who revel at its unprecedented size and modern style.

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Municipal Auditorium opens to the public on December 1, 1935. The dedicatory event was the opening of the motor show, an affair that effectively shows off the large and contemporary space. 

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The Midland Theater officially opens as the Midland Concert Orchestra rises from the pit on an elevated platform to play Tschaikowsky’s “Marche Slav." The entertainment continues with a film telling the story of the building’s construction, newsreels, and a musical rendition of the history of Kan

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On September 23, 1923, the Bennie Moten Orchestra makes its first recording with the Okeh Recording Company in Chicago, consisting of eight songs.

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Homer B. Roberts opens the Roberts Company Motor Mart at 19th and Vine St. and sells vehicles principally to African American customers. 

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The first edition of the Kansas City Call is published by Chester Arthur Franklin and is the 22nd newspaper published by Kansas City’s African American community in the early parts of the 20th century.

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Famed jazz musician and one of hte greatest alto saxophonists in the world, Charlie "Bird" Parker, is born in Kansas City, Kansas, on August 29, 1920.

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