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1897 - Charles M. Sheldon's best selling In His Steps published

1900 - The Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum, associated with Kansas

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz," a movie starring Judy Garland, makes its debut

1953 - William Inge, fomerly of Independence, receives Pulitzer Prize for "Picnic"

1961 - Thurlow Lieurance, a composer and Indian music expert who grew up in Neosho Falls, died. Lieurance was one of the youngest bandleaders in the U.S. Army. He served in the Spanish-American War and wrote more than fifty songs about Indians including "By The Waters of Minnetonka."

1963 - Gordon Parks, a native Topekan, published The Learning Tree.

1965 - Truman Capote publishes In Cold Blood, about Clutter murderers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.

Opera singer Kathleen Kersting, who grew up in Wichita, died. Kersting made her debut in 1928 in an Italian opera company and was called "the girl with the golden nightingale in her throat."

1966 - Gordon Parks, a native Topekan, published his autobiography, Choice of Weapons.

1967 - Poet and author Langston Hughes, who was a former Topekan, died after a long writing career. Langston never lost sight of his dream, "I dream
A world where man
No other man will scorn;
Where love will bless the earth
And Peace its path adorn.

1969 - The Learning Tree, a motion picture, was shot in Kansas.

1973 - Brian Lanker of the Topeka Capital-Journal won a pulitzer Prize for photography.

The movie Paper Moon was filmed in Kansas.

1975 - Rex Stout, a Topeka-born author, died. Between the 1930s and 1970s Stout featured his detective team of nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin in more than seventy mysteries. Stout sold more than one hundred million copies of his books, making him one of the most popular writers in the country.

1976 - Sam the cat took over the town of Inman when, as a lost kitten he quickly became acquainted with local merchants and policemen. The long-haried black cat lived nearly fifteen years and became so popular that some suggested he run for mayor. The famous feline also was included in a mural painted by Stan Herd.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden made an appearance on stage with Bethany's famed Messiah chorus while in Lindsborg.

1977 - Mary White, a made-for-television movie, was shot in Kansas.

1979 - A stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the sea battle between John Paul Jones's Bonhomme Riche and the HMS Serapis was released. The stamp was designed by native Topekan Bradbury Thompson designed a stamp of John Paul Jones.

1980 - Don Coldsmith, Emporia and Iola doctor and author, published Trail of the Spanish Bit, the first book in a twenty-volume series called "The Spanish Bit Saga." The series made him Kansas' most-published living author.

1982 - The Day After was filmed around the Lawrence area. The made-for-television movie dealt with the effects of a nuclear war and helped establish Kansas as a prime location for film-making. The Kansas Film Commission was established by Governor John Carlin.

1983 - Jim Porter of Galena began work on the world record-holder for the largest whittled chain. It reached nearly 705 feet in 1989 when he appeared on the Tonight Show, and nearly 900 feet in 1985. It took Porter 30 minues to carve a link.

Karla Burns, a singer, dancer and actress who graduated from Wichita West High School, was nominated for the Tony Award in the best featured actress category based on her appearance as Queenie in the Broadway musical Show Boat.

The Great White Buffalo, a statue by the late Lumen Martin Winter was dedicated at the entrance to the Kansas Musem of History in Topeka.

1985 - Margaret Hamilton, the actress best known as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, died at the age of 82.

Topeka-born Gary Taylor, a scholar at Oxford University, discovered a previously unknown poem by William Shakespeare.

1987 - In 1934 when Paul Edwards was a sophomore at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, he created Corky the Hornet as a mascot. In 1987, he returned to Emporia State University to dedicate a statue he sculpted of his cartoon character.

1990 - John Cody, a former psychiatrist in training at the Menninger clinic, was a featured artist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Cody has been nicknamed "The Audubon of Moths" for his accurate watercolors of giant silk moths.

1991 - Elmer Copley, a music educator who had served as professor of music at Bethany College in Lindsborg for twenty-nine years, died. He was the father and first voice teacher of opera star Rebecca Copley.


Louise Brooks, Silent Film Star, vertical file



Brooks, Louise

  • Brooks, Louise. The Fundamentals of Good Ballroom Dancing, n.p. 1940.
  • Brooks, Louise. Lulu in Hollywood, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.
  • Cagle, Charles. The Little Balkans Review, "Louise Brooks and the Road to Oz," Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall, 1982.
  • Jaccard, Roland. Louise Brooks, Portrait of an Anti-Star, New York, Zoetrope, 1986.
  • Paris, Barry. Louise Brooks, New York, Doubleday, 1990.

Langston Hughes

  • Hughes, Langston. The Best of Simple, New York, Hill and Wang, 1961.
  • Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea, an Autobiography by Langston Hughes, New York, A.A. Knopf, 1940.
  • Hughes, Langston. Black Misery, New York, P.S. Erikson, 1969.
  • Hughes, Langston. The Book of Negro Folklore, New York, Dodd, Mead, 1958.
  • Hughes, Langston. Don't You Turn Back, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
  • Hughes, Langston. Famous Negro Music Makers, New York, Dodd, Mead, 1955.
  • Hughes, Langston. Fight for Freedom, the Story of the NAACP, New York, Norton, 1962.
  • Hughes, Langston. The First Book of Jazz, New York, F. Watts, 1955.
  • Hughes, Langston. The First Book of Negroes, New York, F. Watts, 1952.
  • Hughes, Langston. Good Morning, Revolution, Uncollected Social Protest Writings by Langston Hughes, New York, Lawrence Hill and Company, 1973.
  • Hughes, Langston. I Wonder as I Wander, an Autobiographical Journey, New York, Rinehart, 1956.
  • Hughes, Langston. Langston Hughes in the Hispanic World and Haiti, n.p., Archon Books, 1977.
  • Hughes, Langston. Laughing to Keep From Crying, New York, Holt, 1952.

Entry: Arts Timeline

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: April 2010

Date Modified: January 2016

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