Springfield, MO in History

Historical Events

  • 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)
  • 1861-10-25 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 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
  • 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

  • 1954-06-19 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-01-30 Payne Stewart, American PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1999)

  • 1959-07-17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)