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

Pony Express

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 Federal "invasion" from taking over his state after US Army forces led by Nathaniel Lyon arrest pro-Confederate state militia at Fort Jackson
  • 1861-07-05 Battle of Carthage, Missouri - US General Sigel attacks pro-secessionist
  • 1861-08-02 Skirmish at Dug Springs, Missouri results in Union victory
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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)

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Labor disputes lead to race riot in East St Louis, Illinois - Black neighborhood attacked and burned, 40-200 killed and 6000 left homeless
  • 1927-09-29 Tornado strikes St Louis, Missouri, 85 die

Historic 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

Surrender 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)

  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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]

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Mark Twain

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

  • 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)

Frank James

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

Susan 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)

Jesse James

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

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

Calamity Jane

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

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

John J. Pershing

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

Tom Horn

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

  • 1861-05-03 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw, member of the Dalton Gang in the American Old West, born in Belton, Missouri (d. 1937)

George 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)

  • 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 Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB ERA leader 1898 Chicago Colts/Orphans) and manager (Chicago WS, NY Highlanders, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Sens [owner]), 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)

James Cash Penney

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

  • 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)

Harry Truman

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

Bess Truman

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

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

Wallace 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

T. 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)

  • 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/outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)

Edwin Hubble

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

  • 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)

Casey 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)

  • 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)

Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Omar 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)

  • 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 violinist, conductor, composer, and educator, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)

Norbert Wiener

1894-11-26 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician who founded cybernetics, born in Columbia, Missouri (d. 1964)

  • 1895-06-14 Cliff Edwards, American singer, aka "Ukulele Ike" (Walt Disney's Pinocchio - "Jiminy Cricket"; "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, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), born in Deepwater, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1901-09-25 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), born in Winigan, Missouri (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

Sonny Liston

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

  • 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

Daniel Boone

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

  • 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

Fats Waller

1943-12-15 Thomas "Fats" Waller, American jazz organist, piano player, singer and composer ("Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose"; "Hot Chocolate"), dies of pneumonia at 39 [1]

  • 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