Today in St. Louis History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 152

1685-02-18 - Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
1764-02-15 - St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue
1804-05-14 - Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
1806-09-23 - Lewis & Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest
1816-08-24 - The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
1816-12-30 - The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed.
Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether LewisSoldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis 1849-05-17 - Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis Missouri
1859-07-01 - Balloon covers a record 809 miles over St Louis
1861-05-10 - Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, MI
1861-08-14 - Martial Law is declared at St Louis, Missouri, due to pro-secession sentiment which surged throughout Missouri after the Battle of Wilson's Creek
1861-10-25 - Telegraph message sent from St Louis to SF
1873-08-26 - First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri
1875-05-12 - 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
1876-02-02 - Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
1876-07-15 - Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
1878-12-09 - Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500
1878-12-12 - Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch"
1881-02-01 - US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
1881-07-01 - US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri opens
1884-11-25 - John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk
1887-10-26 - Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
1892-04-21 - Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Mo
1896-05-27 - Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless
1901-07-15 - NY Giant Christy Mathewson no-hits St Louis, 5-0
1902-07-17 - Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
1903-09-14 - NY Giant Red Ames no-hits St Louis, 5-0 in a 5 inning game
1904-04-20 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
1904-07-01 - 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
1904-07-23 - Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair - the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches
1904-08-29 - 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
1904-09-03 - St Louis Olympics closes
1904-10-28 - St Louis police try a new investigation method - fingerprints
1904-11-23 - 3rd Olympic games close in St Louis
1906-09-24 - St Louis Card Stony McGlynn no-hits Dodgers, 1-1 in 7 inning game
1907-08-11 - St Louis Card Ed Karger pitches perfect game vs Braves, 4-0 in 7 inn
1908-08-06 - St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
1910-07-31 - Chic Cub King Cole no-hits St Louis, 4-0 in a 7 inning game
1911-06-30 - US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closes
1914-09-11 - William Christopher Handy publishes "St Louis Blues"
1915-04-24 - Pitts' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis (Federal League), 2-0
1915-08-07 - St Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Bkln rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, & Card runner scores
1915-09-07 - St Louis Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago (Federal League), 3-0
1916-06-14 - The Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Wilson campaigns on the slogan 'he kept out out of the war'
1917-03-17 - 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
1917-07-02 - Riots in East St Louis Mo
1922-06-12 - St Louis gets record 10 hits in a row & beats Phillies 14-8
1922-09-25 - Giants beat St Louis, to clinch John McGraw's 8th pennant
1924-07-17 - St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
1927-04-29 - Construction of Spirit of St Louis (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was to fly across the Atlantic) is completed
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh 1927-05-20 - Charles Lindbergh begins NY flight (Spirit of St Louis)
1927-05-21 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic
1927-09-29 - Tornado strikes St Louis Missouri, 85 die
1929-07-06 - St Louis has 2, 10 run innings & beats Phillies 28-6
1930-03-02 - 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
1930-10-01 - World Series opens at Phila's Shibe Park, Phila A's beat St Louis 5-2
1931-07-12 - 45,715 fans in 35,000 seat Sportsman Park St Louis, help cause many ground ruled doubles, 11 in 1st game & 21 in 2nd game for 32
1934-09-21 - St Louis Card Paul Dean no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 3-0
1934-09-30 - St Louis Card clinch pennant as Dizzy Dean wins his 30th of year
1935-10-15 - NHL's St Louis Eagles fold
1936-01-02 - 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Mo
1936-12-09 - AL OKs night baseball for St Louis
1937-06-06 - Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game
1937-12-29 - Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass.World Heavyweight title - youngest ever
1938-12-07 - W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
1939-02-23 - Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title for 2nd time
1939-05-13 - SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko NagurskiHall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski 1940-03-07 - Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
1940-07-09 - 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
1941-06-05 - Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
1941-08-30 - St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cin Reds, 2-0
1943-06-04 - St Louis Card Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter
1944-05-03 - "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway
1944-10-04 - 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
1946-03-30 - "St Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
1946-05-21 - Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
1946-06-17 - SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
1946-07-06 - "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 perfs
1947-02-08 - KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
1947-04-25 - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title
1947-06-15 - 47th US Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St Louis CC in MO
1947-11-21 - Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title
1948-07-13 - 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
MLB Legend Stan MusialMLB Legend Stan Musial 1949-07-25 - St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1
1956-11-09 - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St Louis, to become NWA champion
1957-06-15 - 42.01 cm (16.54") of rainfall, East St Louis, Ill (state record)
1957-07-09 - 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
1958-09-01 - St Louis Card Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a record 9 men in a shutout
1959-01-09 - Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ
1959-02-10 - Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
1959-03-25 - Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
1959-10-04 - 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)
1961-05-31 - Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens
1961-07-05 - St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double
1961-11-26 - For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
1963-09-29 - Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th HRs
1964-05-25 - Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
1964-08-16 - St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
1964-09-13 - St Louis is 1st NL to score runs in every game since 1923, win 15-2
1964-10-04 - Phils bomb Reds 10-0 as both teams finish one game behind St Louis
Golfer Gary PlayerGolfer Gary Player 1965-06-21 - 65th US Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 282 at Bellerive CC in St Louis

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 126

1820-05-23 - James Buchanan Eads, US, engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)
1847-04-10 - Joseph Pulitzer, Hungary, publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World)
1873-11-16 - William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)
1877-09-28 - Stanner E V Taylor, St Louis MO, director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona)
1879-11-08 - King Baggot I, St Louis MO, director (Tumbleweeds)
1887-11-15 - Marianne Moore, St Louis, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems)
1888-09-26 - T. S. Eliot, St Louis Missouri, poet/dramatist/critic (Waste Land-Nobel 1948), (d. 1965)
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. EliotPoet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot (1888-09-26) 1891-04-15 - Wallace Reid, St Louis MO, actor/dir/screenwriter (Every Inch a Man)
1897-09-05 - Morris Carnovsky, St Louis MO, actor (Dead Reckoning)
1897-11-18 - Jules Buffano, St Louis Mo, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show)
1898-03-10 - Cy Kendall, St Louis Mo, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown)
1899-06-16 - Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
1902-09-13 - Leland Hayward, US producer (Spirit of St Louis)
1903-06-21 - Al[bert] Hirschfield, St Louis Mo, cartoonist (NINA, NY Times)
1903-08-13 - Wilton Graff, St Louis MO, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn)
1904-11-01 - Laura Laplante, St Louis MO, actress (Cat & Canary)
1905-12-08 - Frank Faylen, St Louis Mo, actor (Herbert Gillis-Dobie Gillis)
1906-06-03 - Josephine Baker, American dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
1907-03-27 - Mary Treen, St Louis Mo, actress (Emily-Willy)
1907-04-20 - William Dollar, St Louis, ballet dancer/choreographer
Singer Jane FromanSinger Jane Froman (1907-11-10) 1907-11-10 - Jane Froman, St Louis Mo, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), (d. 1980)
1908-06-17 - Frank Sully, St Louis MO, actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief)
1910-06-13 - Mary Wickes, American actress (Dennis the Menace, Sister Act), born in St. Louis, Missouri
1911-05-27 - Vincent Price, St Louis MO, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura)
1913-07-18 - Marvin Miller, St Louis Mo, actor (Space Patrol, Millionaire)
1913-10-20 - Barney Phillips, St Louis Mo, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
1914-02-05 - William S Burroughs, St Louis, novelist (Naked Lunch)
1914-03-08 - Jacob B Bakema, urban developer (St Louis Missouri)
1914-12-01 - Johnny Johnston, St Louis Mo, singer (Make that Spare)
1916-07-23 - Ben Weber, St Louis Missouri, composer (Thorne Music Award-1965)
1916-12-18 - Betty Grable, St Louis, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee)
1917-04-12 - M Marie Widlow, St Louis Mo, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957)
1919-07-10 - Rusty Gill, St Louis Mo, singer (Polka Time)
Actress Shelley WintersActress Shelley Winters (1920-08-18) 1920-08-18 - Shelley Winters, St Louis Missouri, actress (A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), (d. 2006)
1920-11-21 - Stan Musial, Donora Pennsylvania, MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ)
1920-11-30 - Virginia Mayo, St Louis Mo, actress (Out of the Blue, White Heat)
1920-12-14 - Clark Terry, American trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri
1921-08-13 - Jimmy McCracklin, St. Louis, Missouri, blues musician, (d. 2012)
1922-12-09 - Redd Foxx, St Louis Mo, comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show)
1924-08-15 - Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president
1925-05-12 - Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)
1925-06-20 - Doris J Hart, St Louis Mo, tennis player (Wimbledon 1951)
1925-06-20 - Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slams), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi BerraMLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra (1925-05-12) 1926-02-12 - Joe Garagiola, St Louis Mo, sportscaster/host (Today Show)
1926-05-30 - Edouard Van Remoortel, Brussels, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph)
1926-07-29 - Donald Carter, St Louis, Missouri, professional bowler, six-time bowler of the year, (d. 2012)
1926-10-18 - Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker (Roll over Beethoven)
1927-08-11 - Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England
1927-11-30 - Robert Guillaume, [Williams], St Louis Mo, actor (Benson, Soap)
1928-02-10 - Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
1928-02-24 - Michael Harrington, St Louis, socialist/author (Fragments of Century)
1928-04-04 - Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri
Author, Poet and Actress Maya AngelouAuthor, Poet and Actress Maya Angelou (1928-04-04) 1928-10-02 - Clay Felker, St Louis, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire)
1929-10-02 - Moses Gunn, St Louis Mo, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft)
1930-08-14 - Earl Weaver, St Louis Mo, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86), (d. 2013)
1930-11-04 - Doris Roberts, St Louis Mo, actress (Angie, Maggie, Emmy 1983)
1932-02-12 - Lincoln Kilpatrick, St Louis Mo, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show)
1933-01-20 - Ron Townson, St Louis Mo, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away)
1933-06-23 - Bert Convy, St Louis MO, game show host (Win, Lose or Draw)
1933-07-23 - Bert Convy, St Louis Mo, actor (Snoop Sisters, Win Lose or Draw)
1933-09-27 - Kathleen Nolan, St Louis Mo, actress (Real McCoys, Janie, Broadside)
1935-01-15 - Malcolm Frager, St Louis, Missouri, pianist
1937-01-04 - Grace Bumbry, St Louis, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser)
Opera Singer Grace BumbryOpera Singer Grace Bumbry (1937-01-04) 1937-01-15 - Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
1938-03-31 - Nathaniel Taylor, St Louis Mo, actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons)
1939-03-07 - Marion Marlowe, St Louis Mo, singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends)
1939-09-17 - Lamonte McLemore, St Louis Mo, rock vocalist (5th Dimension)
1940-06-26 - Billy Davis Jr, St Louis Mo, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
1940-07-03 - Fontella Bass, St Louis Mo, vocalist (Rescue Me)
1941-01-05 - Chuck McKinley, St. Louis Missouri, American tennis player
1942-04-03 - Marsha Mason, St Louis Mo, actress (Blume in Love, Cinderella Liberty)
1942-05-21 - Robert C Springer, St Louis, Col USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38)
1942-09-15 - Lee Dorman, St. Louis Missouri, American bassist (Iron Butterfly)
1943-02-27 - Mary Frann, St Louis Mo, actress (Joanna-Newhart, Days of Our Live)
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinleyTennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley (1941-01-05) 1943-05-01 - Joy Harmon, St Louis Mo, actress (Cool Hand Luke)
1943-07-08 - Faye Wattleton, St Louis Mo, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood)
1944-08-07 - David Rasche, St Louis MO, actor (Sledge Hammer)
1944-10-04 - Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida
1945-02-18 - Michael Nader, St Louis Mo, actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty)
1946-08-11 - Marilyn Vos Savant, St Louis Mo, writer/world's highest IQ (228)
1946-10-03 - Bob Dotson, St Louis Mo, newscaster (Primetime Sunday)
1947-01-17 - Todd Susman, St Louis Mo, actor (Goodnight Beantown)
1947-03-14 - Janis Schmitt, St Louis Mo, playmate (February, 1978)
1947-07-27 - Betty Thomas, St Louis Mo, actress (Lucy Baines-Hill Street Blues)
1947-10-15 - Lynn Lowry, E St Louis Ill, actress (Cat People, Crazies)
1947-10-24 - Kevin Kline, St Louis, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill)
1948-01-14 - Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, St. Louis, Missouri, American musician and producer
Actor Kevin KlineActor Kevin Kline (1947-10-24) 1951-03-13 - Fred Berry, St Louis Mo, actor (Rerun-What's Happening)
1951-05-20 - Thomas D Akers, St Louis, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79)
1952-02-12 - Michael McDonald, St Louis, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers)
1952-04-16 - Peter Westbrook, St Louis Mo, US fencer (Olympic-bronze-88, 92, 96)
1952-06-20 - John Goodman, St Louis Mo, actor (Dan Conner-Roseanne, Babe)
1953-07-11 - Leon Spinks, St. Louis Missouri, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)
1954-06-17 - Mark Linn-Baker, St Louis, actor (Larry Appleton-Perfect Strangers)
1955-03-18 - Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, Mo.
1958-02-12 - Ruth Guerri, St Louis Mo, playmate (July, 1983)
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Leon SpinksBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks (1953-07-11) 1958-10-17 - France St Louis, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
1958-10-18 - Hal Haenel, St Louis Mo, star yachter (Olympics-8th-1988, 92, 96)
1959-01-22 - Linda Blair, St Louis Mo, actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St)
1960-01-19 - Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984), Eastern St Louis

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny ListonBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston (1957-09-03) 1957-09-03 - World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri
1994-04-16 - Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 9 of 9

1829-02-24 - Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
1875-07-09 - Francis Preston Blair Jr, famed St Louis lawyer, dies at 54
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis SullivanArchitect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan (1924-04-14) 1924-04-14 - Louis Sullivan, architect (father of skyscrapers), dies at 67
1943-06-25 - Spencer Charters, actor (Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 68
1958-03-28 - William Christopher Handy, US conductor/composer (St Louis Blues), dies at 84 in New York
1968-05-02 - Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
1970-07-17 - Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
1987-09-25 - Mary Astor, actress (Cynthia, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiesta), dies at 81
2011-09-26 - Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)

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