Missouri in History

Historical Events

  • 1764-02-15 St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclède
  • 1805-03-03 Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 1808-11-10 Osage Treaty / Treaty of Fort Clark, Osage Nation cedes territory in Missouri and Arkansas to the US
  • 1811-12-16 Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri, causing widespread damage
  • 1812-01-23 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
  • 1812-02-07 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
  • 1812-06-04 Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
  • 1816-08-24 The Treaty of St. Louis is signed by the USA and the united tribes of Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1820-03-03 Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.
  • 1820-12-20 Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men aged between 21 & 50
  • 1821-08-10 Missouri admitted as 24th US state
  • 1830-07-15 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, sign fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri
  • 1838-10-27 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
  • 1841-05-01 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • 1843-05-22 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon
  • 1846-08-14 The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

  • 1849-05-17 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1852-11-18 Rose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
  • 1854-05-30 Kansas-Nebraska Act repeals Missouri Compromise creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska
  • 1860-04-14 1st Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco from St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1861-05-10 Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1861-06-12 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state
  • 1861-07-05 Battle of Carthage, Missouri - US General Sigel attacks pro-secessionist
  • 1861-08-02 Skirmish at Dug Springs, Missouri
  • 1861-08-10 Battle of Wilson's Creek [Battle of Oak Hills], fought near Springfield, Missouri, General Lyon killed, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-08-15 Abraham Lincoln orders reinforcements be sent to Missouri

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861-08-16 Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
  • 1861-08-30 John Frémont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 1861-10-25 First Battle of Springfield [Zagonyi's Charge], fought in Springfield, Missouri, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1861-10-26 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1861-11-07 Battle of Belmont, fought in Mississippi County, Missouri begins, first combat test for Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, Union victory (US Civil War)

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1861-11-28 Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy
  • 1862-03-03 Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)
  • 1862-09-30 First Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri
  • 1864-04-04 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas

  • 1864-09-27 Battle at Pilot Knob (Ft Davidson) American Civil War, Missouri: 1700 killed/injured
  • 1864-09-27 Centralia Massacre (Missouri): 24 unarmed Union soldiers captured and executed by "Bloody Bill" Anderson/Frank
  • 1864-10-15 Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri
  • 1864-10-23 Battle of Westport, Missouri: Union General Samuel R Curtis defeats Confederate General Stirling Price
  • 1864-10-26 Union troops ambush & kill 'Bloody' Bill Anderson near Albany, Missouri
  • 1864-10-28 Second Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri
  • 1865-02-27 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri

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1865-07-21 In market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok

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1866-02-13 Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James

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1873-08-26 First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow
  • 1874-01-31 Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri
  • 1875-07-07 Jesse James robs train in Otterville, Missouri
  • 1878-07-09 American inventor Henry Tibbe patents an improved corncob pipe design
  • 1879-01-22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • 1880-04-18 An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • 1881-02-01 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • 1881-07-01 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri opens
  • 1892-04-21 Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1905-02-13 -40°F (-40°C) Warsaw, Missouri (state record)
  • 1911-03-03 1st US federal cemetery with Union & Confederate graves opens, Missouri
  • 1911-06-30 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closes
  • 1916-01-18 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri
  • 1917-07-02 Riots in East St Louis, Missouri
  • 1927-09-29 Tornado strikes St Louis Missouri, 85 die

InventionHistoric Invention

1928-07-07 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

  • 1932-01-02 Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri
  • 1932-08-10 A 5.1-kg (11.2-pound) chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
  • 1934-06-14 WOQ-AM in Kansas City Missouri goes off the air
  • 1936-01-02 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Missouri
  • 1936-03-27 WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air
  • 1944-01-29 USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy, is launched
  • 1945-08-26 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII

Victory in BattleSurrender of Japan

1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan signed aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (US date, 3rd September in Japan)

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Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender to formally end World War II
Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender to formally end World War II
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  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-03-05 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1951-08-11 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

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1953-07-14 First US national monument dedicated to a black American, to preserve the boyhood home of agricultural scientist and inventor George Washington Carver in Newton County, Missouri [1]

Agricultural Scientist and Inventor George Washington Carver
Agricultural Scientist and Inventor
George Washington Carver
  • 1953-08-01 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-07-14 118°F (48°C), Warsaw & Union, Missouri (state record)
  • 1957-02-17 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-07-06 Harry S. Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1965-07-20 18.18" (46.18 cm) of rainfall, Edgarton, Missouri (state 24-hr record)
  • 1965-10-28 Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1982-12-23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • 1983-02-23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri
  • 1987-12-06 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"
  • 1988-02-29 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • 1989-07-22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1991-12-20 A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
  • 1992-04-01 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • 2007-12-01 12th Big 12 Championship Game: #9 Oklahoma beats #1 Missouri, 38-17
  • 2008-12-06 13th Big 12 Championship Game: #4 Oklahoma beats #19 Missouri, 62-21
  • 2011-05-22 An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950
  • 2012-04-28 Tent collapse in St Louis, Missouri, kills one and injures 110 people
  • 2013-12-07 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • 2014-08-10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.
  • 2014-11-25 Protest erupt across US after a decision by Missouri grand jury not to bring charges against a white policeman who shot dead a black teenager
  • 2014-11-25 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon orders hundreds more US National Guard troops to the town of Ferguson to prevent a second night of rioting and looting

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1809-09-20 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1813-03-22 Gabriel René Paul, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1886)
  • 1820-09-03 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), born in Sullivan, Missouri (d. 1891)
  • 1820-12-17 Frederick Tracy Dent, American General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1892)
  • 1821-02-19 Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1875)
  • 1822-07-22 John George Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 1893)
  • 1824-12-26 Augustus Louis Chetlain, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1914)
  • 1831-01-14 John Bullock Clark Jr., American general (Confederate Army), born in Fayette, Missouri (d. 1903)
  • 1832-07-21 Henrietta Maria Morse King, American rancher and philanthropist, born in Boonville, Missouri (d. 1925)
  • 1833-03-14 John S. Marmaduke, 25th Governor of Missouri and Major General (Confederate Army), born in Saline County, Missouri (d. 1887)
  • 1834-10-01 Francis Cockrell, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warrensburg, Missouri (d. 1915)

Person of interestMark Twain

1835-11-30 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens], American author (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn), born in Florida, Missouri (d. 1910)

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1836-09-13 John McCausland, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1927)
  • 1838-11-13 Joseph F. Smith, 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Far West, Missouri (d. 1918)
  • 1840-08-01 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, born in Miami, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • 1842-12-03 Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist and suffragist, born in Franklin County, Missouri (d. 1919)

Person of interestFrank James

1843-01-10 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), born in Clay County, Missouri (d. 1915)

Outlaw Frank James
Outlaw
Frank James

Person of interestSusan Blow

1843-06-07 Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1916)

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow

Person of interestJesse James

1847-09-05 Jesse James, American outlaw and son of a clergyman, born in Kearney, Missouri (d. 1882)

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James
  • 1851-02-08 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)

Person of interestCalamity Jane

1852-05-01 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • 1854-05-24 John Riley Banister, American law officer and cowboy, born in Banister Hollow, Camden County, Missouri (d. 1918)

Person of interestJohn J. Pershing

1860-09-13 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, born in Laclede, Missouri (d. 1948)

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing

Person of interestTom Horn

1860-11-21 Tom Horn, American gunman and outlaw, born in Scotland County, Missouri (d. 1903)

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • 1861-05-03 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw, member of the Dalton Gang in the American Old West, born in Belton, Missouri (d. 1937)

Person of interestGeorge Washington Carver

1864-01-10 George Washington Carver, African-American agricultural scientist (studied the peanut), born in Diamond Grove, Missouri [or Jul 12] (d. 1943)

Agricultural Scientist and Inventor George Washington Carver
Agricultural Scientist and Inventor
George Washington Carver
  • 1864-03-14 Casey [John] Jones, American railroad engineer who dies trying to save a train (Ballad of Casey Jones), born in Missouri (d. 1900)
  • 1864-07-12 George Washington Carver, African-American agricultural scientist (studied the peanut), born in Diamond Grove, Missouri [or Jan 10] (d. 1934)
  • 1864-10-20 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico, born in Franklin County, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1864-12-12 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist, born in Saint Louis, Missouri (d. 1937)
  • 1867-08-04 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1918)
  • 1868-08-16 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1869-11-20 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), born in Clear Creek, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1870-01-02 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1870-09-22 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1871-11-10 Winston Churchill, American author (Crisis, Crossing), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1947)
  • 1874-04-28 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), born in Warrensburg, Missouri (d. 1947)
  • 1874-10-12 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)

Person of interestJames Cash Penney

1875-09-16 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1971)

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 1876-06-29 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1877-09-28 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1879-07-05 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
  • 1879-10-15 Jane Darwell [Patti Woodward], American actress (The Grapes of Wrath, Huckleberry Finn), born in Palmyra, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • 1879-11-08 King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1882-01-05 Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1882-01-17 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1946)
  • 1882-12-31 Ben A. Jones, American horse trainer (US Champion trainer by earnings 1941, 43, 44, 52; Kentucky Derby x 6 including Citation, Whirlaway), born in Parnell, Missouri (d. 1961)
  • 1884-01-12 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1884-03-16 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1957)

Person of interestHarry Truman

1884-05-08 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1884-12-31 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1964)

Person of interestBess Truman

1885-02-13 Bess Truman, US First Lady (1945-52), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1982)

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • 1885-11-02 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), born in Nashville, Missouri (d. 1972)

Person of interestWallace Beery

1886-04-01 Wallace Beery, American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) & actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1949)

  • 1886-10-30 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1887-09-19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), born in Maryville, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1887-11-15 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestT. S. Eliot

1888-09-26 T. S. Eliot, American 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
  • 1888-11-02 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1889-03-04 Pearl White [Victoria], American actress and stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), born in Green Ridge, Missouri (d. 1938)
  • 1889-04-15 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and muralist (Lonesome Road), born in Neosho, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1889-09-19 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1889-10-25 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)

Person of interestEdwin Hubble

1889-11-20 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift), born in Marshfield, Missouri (d. 1953)

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • 1890-06-21 Frank Sherman Land, founder of the Order of DeMolay, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1890-06-26 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)

Person of interestCasey Stengel

1890-07-30 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1975)

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1890-10-01 Alice Joyce, American actress (Song O' My Heart), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1891-04-15 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1923)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1892-06-06 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1971)

Person of interestReinhold Niebuhr

1892-06-21 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man), born in Wright City, Missouri (d. 1971)

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian
Reinhold Niebuhr

Person of interestOmar Bradley

1893-02-12 Omar Bradley, American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), born in Clark, Missouri (d. 1981)

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
  • 1893-07-25 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1893-09-06 Irving Bacon, American actor (Branded Men, Fort Ti), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1965)
  • 1893-12-23 Ann O'Neal [Patsy Ann Epperson], American actress (Professional Father), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1894-10-11 Albert Stoessel, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1894-11-26 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), born in Columbia, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1895-06-14 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1896-11-25 Rex Maupin, American orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • 1896-11-25 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1897-09-03 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet me in St. Louis), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1897-09-05 Morris Carnovsky, American actor (Dead Reckoning), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • 1897-11-18 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1960)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1898-03-10 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1953)
  • 1898-07-04 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)
  • 1899-01-15 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1899-03-08 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), born in Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1899-05-02 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1899-06-16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1899-10-14 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1899-11-16 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1899-12-03 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • 1900-10-31 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1900-12-25 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1901-01-10 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1901-03-16 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1901-06-26 Stuart Symington, U.S. senator from Missouri (1953–76), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1901-08-30 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1957-09-03 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston (27) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 2012-11-03 Professional bull rider Luke Snyder (30) weds Jennifer Manna (34) at Big Cedar Lodge outside of Branson, Missouri
  • 2016-09-11 The Munsters actor Butch Patrick (63) weds Leila Murray at the Macon Roadhouse in Macon, Missouri

Famous Deaths


Person of interestDaniel Boone

1820-09-26 Daniel Boone, American frontiersman and explorer (US Hall of Fame 1915), dies at 85

Frontiersman and Explorer Daniel Boone
Frontiersman and Explorer
Daniel Boone
  • 1864-01-31 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, American judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
  • 1867-09-29 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), dies at 58
  • 1910-10-15 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24

Person of interestFats Waller

1943-12-15 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1961-06-13 Ben A. Jones, American horse trainer (US Champion trainer by earnings 1941, 43, 44, 52; Kentucky Derby x 6 including Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 78
  • 1981-07-10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • 1988-09-01 Leonor Sullivan, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1955-77), dies at 86
  • 1991-04-21 Richard Bolling, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri 1949-83), dies at 74
  • 1993-12-02 Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), dies at 85
  • 1997-07-05 Mrs. Miller, American singer (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • 2007-03-04 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri), dies at 77
  • 2011-04-16 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • 2011-11-06 Mel Hancock, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri), dies at 82