January 17, 1952

Birthday of Joplin-born Darrell Porter who was a standout player and MVP for both the Royals and the Cardinals. He played in three World Series with those teams.

January 16, 1833

Money was appropriated for the new state penitentiary in Jefferson City.

January 15, 1967

The Kansas City Chiefs appeared in the nation’s very first Super Bowl.

January 14, 1868

The only typewriter in the United States was in use in St. Louis as Charles Weller transcribed court notes

January 13, 1990

Missouri's Route 66 Association was founded.

January 12, 2007

By far the worst ice storm ever to hit Missouri covered the I-44 corridor all the way across the state. Transformers exploded, trees blocked the roads, and all the supplies and services that people took for granted were now in question.

January 11, 1864

In one of his last appearances, John Wilkes Booth performed Shakespeare's "Richard the III" at the St. Louis Theater.

January 10, 1864

Probable birth date of George Washington Carver in Diamond, MO. This scientist probably saved the economy of the south with his concept of crop rotation and the hundreds of new products he developed from legumes.

January 9, 1978

It snowed on this date in eastern Missouri and that started the record 71 straight days with snow on the ground.

January 8, 1881

This was the birthday of Branson resident, John G. Neihardt, the great epic novelist who wrote of life and history on the Missouri River especially the plains Indians.