St. Louis in History

Historical Events

  • 1685-02-18 Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
  • 1764-02-15 St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclède
  • 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.
  • 1816-12-30 The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed.
  • 1849-05-17 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1859-07-01 Balloon covers a record 809 miles over St Louis
  • 1861-05-10 Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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
  • 1861-10-25 Telegraph message sent from St Louis to San Francisco

Historic Event

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

  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1876-07-15 Baseball's first official no-hitter: George Bradley of the St Louis Brown Stockings no-hits the Hartford Dark Blues, 2-0

Historic Event

1878-12-09 Joseph Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500

  • 1878-12-12 Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
  • 1881-02-01 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • 1881-07-01 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri opens
  • 1884-11-25 John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk
  • 1887-10-26 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, Detroit Wolverines (NL) beat St Louis Browns (AA), 10 games to 5 in series played in bitterly cold conditions
  • 1892-04-21 Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1896-05-27 Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255, leaving thousands homeless
  • 1901-07-15 NY Giant Christy Mathewson no-hits St Louis, 5-0
  • 1902-07-17 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
  • 1904-04-20 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis

1st US Olympic Games

1904-07-01 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in St Louis, the first held in the United States

  • 1904-07-23 Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair - the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches
  • 1904-09-03 For the only time in Olympic Games history, there is a throw-off in the discus final after Americans Martin Sheridan & Ralph Rose tie with a best throw of 128' 10½" in St. Louis; Sheridan wins with 127' 10¼"
  • 1904-10-28 St Louis police try a new investigation method - fingerprints
  • 1904-11-23 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis
  • 1906-09-24 St Louis Card Stony McGlynn no-hits Dodgers, 1-1 in 7 inning game
  • 1907-08-11 St Louis Cardinals pitcher Ed Karger throws a perfect game vs Boston Doves; wins 4-0 in 7 innings at Robison Field, St. Louis
  • 1910-07-31 Chic Cub King Cole no-hits St Louis, 4-0 in a 7 inning game
  • 1911-06-30 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closes

Historic Publication

1914-09-11 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"

  • 1915-04-24 Pittsburgh Rebels' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis Terriers (Federal League), 2-0
  • 1915-09-07 St Louis Terriers' Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago Whales (Federal League), 3-0

Presidential Convention

1916-06-14 Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Woodrow Wilson campaigns on the slogan "he kept out of the war"

  • 1917-03-17 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
  • 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
  • 1922-06-12 St Louis Cardinals make MLB record 10 straight hits in 6th inning of a 14-8 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
  • 1922-09-25 Giants beat St Louis, to clinch John McGraw's 8th pennant
  • 1924-07-17 St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1927-04-29 Construction of Spirit of St Louis (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was to fly across the Atlantic) is completed

Historic Event

1927-05-20 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis in the 1st solo nonstop transatlantic flight

  • 1927-05-21 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • 1927-09-29 Tornado strikes St Louis, Missouri, 85 die
  • 1930-03-02 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
  • 1930-10-04 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, oldest to play in World Series; pitches 2 innings in Game 3, 5-0 defeat to St. Louis; win series, 4-2
  • 1931-07-12 45,715 fans in 35,000 seat Sportsman Park St Louis, help cause many ground ruled doubles, 11 in 1st game & 21 in 2nd game for 32
  • 1934-09-21 St Louis Cardinals pitching Dean brothers shut-out Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader; Dizzy, in a 13-0 rout and Paul, with a 3-0 no-hitter
  • 1934-09-30 St Louis Card clinch pennant as Dizzy Dean wins his 30th of year

NHL Record

1934-12-01 Toronto Maple Leafs beat St. Louis Eagles, 4-3 to set an NHL record for the most wins to start the season with 8; Leafs do it again 59 years later; won 10 in a row to start 1993-94 season

  • 1935-10-15 NHL's St Louis Eagles fold
  • 1936-01-02 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Missouri
  • 1936-12-09 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis
  • 1937-06-06 Philadelphia Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game

Pro Wrestling

1937-12-29 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win NWA World heavyweight title - youngest ever

  • 1938-12-07 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
  • 1939-02-23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight C'ship for a 2nd time
  • 1939-05-13 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jewish fugitives
  • 1939-06-06 The ship MS St. Louis, carrying 907 Jewish refugees from Europe, begins sailing back to the continent after it was refused entry into America. Approximately a quarter of those on board would perish in the Holocaust.

Sports History

1940-03-07 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

  • 1940-07-09 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • 1941-06-05 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  • 1941-08-30 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • 1943-06-04 St Louis Card Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter
  • 1944-10-04 The only all-St. Louis World Series opens at Sportsman's Park with the visiting Browns beating the Cardinals, 2-1 on George McQuinn's home run; Cards win series, 4-2

Music Premiere

1946-03-30 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey and featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

  • 1946-05-21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • 1946-06-17 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
  • 1946-07-06 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 113 performances
  • 1947-02-08 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-04-25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

US Golf Open

1947-06-15 US Open Men's Golf, St. Louis CC: Lew Worsham defeats Sam Snead by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff for his only major title

  • 1947-11-21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title
  • 1948-07-13 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

Sports History

1949-07-25 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1

  • 1955-07-30 42nd Tour de France: French cyclist Louison Bobet claims last of his 3 straight general classification victories
  • 1956-11-09 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1957-06-15 42.01 cm (16.54") of rainfall, East St Louis, Ill (state record)
  • 1957-07-09 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • 1959-01-09 Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ
  • 1959-02-10 Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
  • 1959-03-25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • 1959-10-04 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Music History

1961-05-31 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens

  • 1961-11-26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • 1963-09-29 Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th total hits (475 HRs)
  • 1964-05-25 Ground is broken for new Busch Memorial Stadium in St Louis; opens in 1966, demolished in 2005

Sports History

1964-08-16 St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium

  • 1964-09-13 St Louis is 1st NL to score runs in every game since 1923, win 15-2
  • 1965-06-21 US Open Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Gary Player of South Africa beats Australian Kel Nagle by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only US Open title; completes his career Grand Slam at age 29

Sports History

1965-09-02 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR (off Curt Simmons) in Chicago's 5-3 win v St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays' 400th HR in 1963

  • 1965-10-28 Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965-11-09 1st NY Knick game postponed (black-out) vs St Louis
  • 1966-01-07 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1966-05-08 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to San Francisco
  • 1966-07-12 37th All-Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 inninngs, at Busch Memorial Stadium, St Louis
  • 1967-08-12 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St Louis 23-14

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 234

  • 1813-03-22 Gabriel René Paul, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1886)
  • 1820-05-23 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 1887)
  • 1820-12-17 Frederick Tracy Dent, American General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1892)
  • 1824-12-26 Augustus Louis Chetlain, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1914)
  • 1836-09-13 John McCausland, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1927)

Susan BlowSusan Blow (1843-1916)

1843-06-07 American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", born in St. Louis, Missouri

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)

1847-04-10 Hungarian-American publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World) and Democratic politician whose bequest founded the Columbia School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize, born in Makó, Kingdom of Hungary

  • 1851-02-08 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, American writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • 1871-11-10 Winston Churchill, American author (Crisis, Crossing), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1947)

W. C. HandyW. C. Handy (1873-1958)

1873-11-16 American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama

  • 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)
  • 1875-03-25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 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)
  • 1879-11-08 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)
  • 1887-11-15 Marianne Moore, American poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

1888-09-26 American poet (The Waste Land), dramatist and critic (Nobel Prize 1948), born in St Louis Missouri,

  • 1888-11-02 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1894-12-03 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 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)
  • 1898-03-10 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1953)
  • 1899-03-28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • 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)
  • 1899-12-03 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)
  • 1901-08-30 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1902-09-13 Leland Hayward, American producer (Mister Roberts, Spirit of St Louis), born in Nebraska City, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 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)
  • 1903-11-03 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1904-01-14 Emily Hahn, American journalist & author, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1904-01-17 Patsy Ruth Miller, American actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1904-08-18 [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1904-09-04 Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1904-11-01 Laura La Plante, American actress (Show Boat, Scandal) known for her work in the silent film era, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1905-12-08 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker (1906-1975)

1906-06-03 American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1906-09-20 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1906-11-07 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1907-03-27 Mary Treen, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1907-04-20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1907-06-17 Charles Eames, American designer and architect, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1907-08-12 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1988)

Jane FromanJane Froman (1907-1980)

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

  • 1908-06-17 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1908-11-08 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1910-06-13 Mary Wickes [Wickenhauser], American character actress (Father Dowling Mysteries; Sister Act; Dennis The Menace), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1911-04-28 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • 1911-05-27 Vincent Price, American actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1911-11-27 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1913-07-18 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1913-09-13 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1913-10-20 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

1914-02-05 American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1914-03-01 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-08 Jacob B. Bakema, Dutch modernist architect (St Louis Missouri), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1914-03-13 Edward O'Hare, American naval aviator of the U.S. Navy, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • 1915-09-13 Clint Frank, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1937; Yale), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • 1915-12-01 Johnny Johnston, American singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1916-07-23 (William Jennings Bryan) "Ben" Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award, 1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)

Betty GrableBetty Grable (1916-1973)

1916-12-18 American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1917-04-12 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1918-07-16 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1918-09-21 Rand Brooks [Arlington Rand Brooks Jr.], American actor (Gone With The Wind; Rin Tin Tin), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1919-07-10 (Ralph) "Rusty" Gill, American singer (Polka Time), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1920-06-28 A. E. Hotchner, American editor, novelist and playwright, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Shelley WintersShelley Winters (1920-2006)

1920-08-18 American Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress (Lolita; A Place in the Sun; A Patch of Blue; The Poseidon Adventure), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1920-11-02 Dick Sisler. American baseball utility (World Series 1946 St. Louis Cardinals; MLB All Star 1950), manager (Cincinnati Reds 1964–65) and coach (World Series 1967 St. L. Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)

Stan MusialStan Musial (1920-2013)

1920-11-21 American Baseball HOF outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), born in Donora, Pennsylvania

  • 1920-11-30 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1920-12-14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1921-02-08 Walter "Hoot" Evers, American MLB player, 1941, 1946-56, 2X All-Star (Detroit Tigers, and 5 other teams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1921-08-13 Jimmy McCracklin [Walker], American R&B pianist, and composer ("The Walk"; "Tramp"), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-09 Redd Foxx [JohnSanford], American comedian and actor (Sanford & Son; Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)

William H. WebsterWilliam H. Webster (98 years old)

1924-03-06 American judge, Director of the FBI (1978-87) and Director of the CIA (1987-91), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Phyllis SchlaflyPhyllis Schlafly (1924-2016)

1924-08-15 American right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum President, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Yogi BerraYogi Berra (1925-2015)

1925-05-12 American Baseball HOF catcher, coach and manager (18 x MLB All-Star; 13 x World Series; NY Yankees; AL MVP 1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1925-06-18 Herman "Ace" Wallace, American blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)

Doris HartDoris Hart (1925-2015)

1925-06-20 American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1925-07-16 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts (1925-2016)

1925-11-04 American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1926-02-06 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1926-05-30 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1926-07-29 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)

Chuck BerryChuck Berry (1926-2017)

1926-10-18 American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Roll Over Beethoven"; "Sweet Little Sixteen"), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1927-04-29 Betsy Ancker-Johnson, American physicist and auto company executive, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1927-07-06 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist, conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001; BBC Northern Symphony, 1973-80), and composer (Lord Of The Flies), born in London, England
  • 1927-11-30 Robert Guillaume [Williams], American actor (Rafiki- The Lion King, Sports Night, Benson, Soap), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1928-02-10 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), born in Sarcoxie, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1928-02-24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou (1928-2014)

1928-04-04 American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1928-10-02 Clay Felker, American journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1928-11-19 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)

Famous Weddings

Sonny Liston

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

  • 1994-04-16 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2016-10-01 TV host Louise Roe (33) weds Mackenzie Hunkin at the historic Eton College Chapel in Windsor, England

Famous Deaths

  • 1829-02-24 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
  • 1875-07-09 Francis Preston Blair Jr, famed St Louis lawyer, dies at 54
  • 1887-03-08 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis), dies at 66

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)

1911-10-29 Hungarian-American publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World) and Democratic politician whose bequest founded the Columbia School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize, dies at 64

  • 1943-01-25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67

W. C. HandyW. C. Handy (1873-1958)

1958-03-28 American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

  • 1968-05-02 Donald L Hall, American airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • 2011-09-26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • 2013-08-27 Zelmo Beaty, American Basketball HOF center (2 × NBA All-Star; 3 × ABA All-Star; St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars, LA Lakers), dies at 73