Marathon race led by Samuel Mellor during 1904 Summer Olympics

The Great Olympic Marathon debacle

On August 30, 1904, the Great Olympic Marathon debacle unfolds at the Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Mo.

Let the Olympic Games begin!

St. Louis really had the world’s attention during the summer of 1904 as it hosted not only the World’s Fair but also the Games of the III Olympiad. On August 29, 1904, the Olympics Games officially begin in St. Louis.

The first free kindergarten in the country opens

On August 26, 1873, the first free kindergarten in the country opens in Carondelet. Susan Blow taught the children in the morning at the Des Peres School, while educating the teachers in the afternoon.

August 17, 1804

How did Sedalia, Missouri get its name? The founder was George Rappen Smith. So where did "Sedalia" come from?

August 16, 1868

When you hear the word "bodybuilder," do you think of Bernarr Macfadden? You should. He was born on this date in 1868.

August 15, 1953

Springfield, Missouri's "Great Cobra Scare" began on this date in 1953 when the first of nearly a dozen cobras was found in a yard not far from a pet shop on St. Louis Street.

August 13, 1908

Lula Christman died in Centralia on this date. Her grave was dug a week earlier. It's a strange story.

August 12, 1986

Legal gambling on horse racing began on this date in 1986. The state-sanctioned betting was off and running at the Missouri State Fair.

August 11, 1807

Missouri U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison was born on this date in Frogtown, Kentucky. Atchison also holds the distinction of being U.S. president for one day.

August 10, 1821

On this date in Missouri history, Missouri became a state and St. Charles was designated as the temporary capitol.