This Week in Kansas City History

In the 1983 made-for-TV movie The Day After, Dr. Russell Oakes, portrayed by Jason Robards, surveys the fallout of a nuclear attack. Image courtesy of University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

In the 1983 made-for-TV movie The Day After, Dr. Russell Oakes, portrayed by Jason Robards, surveys the fallout of a nuclear attack. Image courtesy of University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Going Nuclear

November 20, 1983: Thousands of Kansas Citians were part of the estimated 100 million Americans that watched the fictional destruction of Kansas City in the made-for-TV drama, The Day After. To an unprecedented scale, the controversial movie showed the potential effects of a full-scale nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Instead of highlighting political and military events, the film depicted the complete annihilation of Kansas City and focused on the resulting lives of the surviving residents of Lawrence, Kansas and rural areas of northwestern Missouri.

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Kauffman Stadium scoreboard at end of game 6. Credit Joe Bonello

Kauffman Stadium scoreboard at end of game 6. Credit Joe Bonello

That Championship Season

October 27, 1985: The Kansas City Royals win game seven of the World Series, finishing off a stunning come-from-behind series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with an 11-0 triumph. When Ewing Marion Kauffman offered $10 million in 1968 for an American League expansion team in Kansas City, he had high hopes; but nobody could have imagined how successful the Royals would become in such a short period of time.

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