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 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 & 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  • 1854-05-30 Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
  • 1861-06-12 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state
  • 1861-08-10 Battle of Wilson's Creek [Battle of Oak Hills], fought near 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

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

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861-08-16 Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri
  • 1861-08-30 John Fremont 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 the 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1927-09-29 Tornado strikes St Louis Missouri, 85 die

1stHistoric 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

1945-09-01 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

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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
  • 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.

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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
  • 2014-12-03 Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, resigns
  • 2014-12-06 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • 2015-11-09 Tim Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri, resigns amid protests of endemic racism on campus
  • 2017-08-22 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens grants stay of execution for Marcellus Williams in light of possible new DNA eividence

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1813-03-22 Gabriel René Paul, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1886)
  • 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
  • 1824-12-26 Augustus Louis Chetlain, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1914)
  • 1832-07-21 Henrietta Maria Morse King, American rancher and philanthropist, born in Boonville, Missouri (d. 1925)

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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

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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

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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

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1847-09-05 Jesse James, American outlaw, 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)

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

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane

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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

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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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1870-09-22 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 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 baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)

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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
  • 1877-09-28 Stanner E V Taylor, director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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 I, director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1882-12-31 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)
  • 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)

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

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

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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

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

  • 1886-11-25 Rex Maupin, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1887-11-15 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri

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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
  • 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, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
  • 1889-09-19 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)

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

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • 1890-10-01 Alice Joyce, American actress (Song O' My Heart), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1891-04-15 Wallace Reid, actor/dir/screenwriter (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri

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

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • 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)
  • 1894-06-26 Jeanne Eagels, American actress (Rain, Under False Colors), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1894-10-11 Albert Stoessel, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1895-06-14 Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", Hannibal Missouri, singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star)
  • 1896-11-25 Virgil Thomson, composer/music critic (4 Saints in 3 Acts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1897-09-05 Morris Carnovsky, American actor (Dead Reckoning), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • 1897-11-18 Jules Buffano, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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)
  • 1899-05-02 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)
  • 1899-11-16 Mary Margaret McBride, radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri
  • 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)
  • 1901-08-30 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1901-10-02 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, born in Windsor, Missouri (d. 1987)

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1902-02-01 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1903-01-06 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1903-01-10 Violet Wilkey, American actress, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1903-06-21 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1903-08-13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1904-01-17 Patsy Ruth Miller, American actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1904-04-03 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, born in Elkton, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1904-08-11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1904-08-12 Kay Campbell [Catherine Hibben], American actress (All My Children), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1904-08-18 [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1904-10-12 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), born in La Plata, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1904-11-01 Laura Laplante, American actress (Cat & Canary), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1905-01-23 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1905-02-08 Truman Bradley, Missouri US, TV host (Science Fiction Theater)
  • 1905-08-21 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1905-12-08 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1906-06-03 Josephine Baker, American dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1907-03-27 Mary Treen, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1907-04-20 William Dollar, ballet dancer/choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1907-05-05 Benny Baker, American actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1994)

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1907-11-10 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 1908-06-17 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1909-08-26 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1910-06-13 Mary Wickes, American actress (Dennis the Menace, Sister Act), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1910-12-25 Marguerite Churchill, American actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1911-03-03 Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], 30s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1911-05-27 Vincent Price, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri

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1911-07-16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle) born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1911-08-13 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1912-09-22 Martha Scott, Jamesport, Missouri, American actress (Our Town, Ben-Hur)
  • 1913-07-18 Marvin Miller, actor (Space Patrol, Millionaire), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1913-10-20 Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1914-02-05 William S Burroughs, novelist (Naked Lunch), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1914-03-01 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998) probable date
  • 1914-03-08 Jacob B Bakema, urban developer (St Louis Missouri)
  • 1914-12-01 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1915-11-23 Ellen Drew, [Terry Ray], actress (Isle of Dead), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1916-01-23 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1916-06-29 Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1916-07-23 Ben Weber, composer (Thorne Music Award-1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1916-10-17 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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1916-11-04 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 2009)

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

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
  • 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


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

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • 1864-01-31 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
  • 1910-10-15 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24

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1943-12-15 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1961-06-13 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79
  • 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