Springfield, MO in History

Historical Events

  • 1861-08-10 Battle of Wilson's Creek [Battle of Oak Hills], fought near Springfield, Missouri, General Lyon killed, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1861-10-25 First Battle of Springfield [Zagonyi's Charge], fought in Springfield, Missouri, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1863-01-08 American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1932-01-02 Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri
  • 1953-03-14 KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-01 KYTV TV channel 3 in Springfield, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-09-22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • 1908-05-22 Horton Smith, American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)
  • 1914-10-07 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1947-08-16 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1954-06-19 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri

Person of interestPayne Stewart

1957-01-30 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1999)

  • 1959-07-17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, American scientist and NASA astronaut (sk:STS 91), born in Carthage, Missouri
  • 1984-11-23 Lucas Grabeel, American actor and singer, born in Springfield, Missouri