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

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

  • 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

Payne 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