Today in St. Louis History

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

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1804-05-14 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 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.
  • 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

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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

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1940-03-07 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 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 performances
  • 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

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1949-07-25 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 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

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1965-06-21 65th US Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 282 at Bellerive CC in St Louis

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

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)

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1888-09-26 T. S. Eliot, poet (The Waste Land), dramatist and critic (Nobel Prize 1948), born in St Louis Missouri, (d. 1965)

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 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

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1907-11-10 Jane Froman, St Louis Mo, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), (d. 1980)

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 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)

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1920-08-18 Shelley Winters, St Louis Missouri, actress (A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), (d. 2006)

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1920-11-21 Stan Musial, Donora Pennsylvania, MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 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)

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1924-08-15 Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly

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1925-05-12 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 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)
  • 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)

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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 Angelou
Author, Poet and Actress
Maya Angelou
  • 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)

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1930-11-04 Doris Roberts, St Louis Mo, actress (Angie, Maggie, Emmy 1983)

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts
  • 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

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1937-01-04 Grace Bumbry, St Louis, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser)

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • 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)

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1941-01-05 Chuck McKinley, St. Louis Missouri, American tennis player

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 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)
  • 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)

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1944-10-04 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 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)

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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
  • 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)

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1952-06-20 John Goodman, St Louis Mo, actor (Dan Conner-Roseanne, Babe)

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1953-07-11 Leon Spinks, St. Louis Missouri, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 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)
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

1957-09-03 World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-04-16 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana


Famous Deaths

  • 1829-02-24 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
  • 1875-07-09 Francis Preston Blair Jr, famed St Louis lawyer, dies at 54

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1924-04-14 Louis Sullivan, architect (father of skyscrapers), dies at 67

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
  • 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

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1987-09-25 Mary Astor, actress (Cynthia, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiesta), dies at 81

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • 2011-09-26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)