May 18, 1849

On this date in Missouri history, the Great St. Louis Riverfront Fire raged, eventually destroying more than 400 buildings and changing the face of the city.

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May 17, 1956

Elvis Presley performs at the Shrine Mosque in downtown Springfield after briefly disappearing.

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May 16, 1998

On this date in Missouri history, Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in Busch Stadium II history at 545 feet.

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Artisan Cheese Festival Celebrates Missouri Cheesemakers

A country festival with skilled Missouri artisan cheesemakers as the main attraction is ready to begin a three-day run May 20-May 22 at McKelvey Vineyards at 8901 Highway YY near…

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May 14, 1804

On this date in history, the Lewis and Clark Expedition—also known as the Voyage of Discovery—sets out across Missouri to explore the lands west of the Mississippi.

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May 13, 1946

Who knew? Bell Systems announces that car phones will make their nationwide debut in St. Louis.

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May 12, 1925

Lawrence Berra took on the nickname “Yogi” because his friends thought he resembled a Hindu holy man they had seen in a movie.

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May 11, 2011

On this date in Missouri history, the U.S. Census Bureau moved the “Population Center of the United States” is to Plato, Missouri.

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The Missouri State Penitentiary’s oldest building is open again

Overlooking the Missouri River in Jefferson City sits a looming landmark: the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). Decommissioned in 2004, the penitentiary operated for 168 years,…

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May 10, 1957

On this date in Missouri history, African American entrepreneur Annie Pope Malone dies. She grew her small business into a household name in the early 1900s, making her one of the…

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