August 4, 1936

On this day Helen Stephens, "The Fulton Flash" dominated the competition and got the gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

August 3, 1778

This is the birthday of Thornton Grimsley. He was the St. Louis saddle maker who designed the famous Grimsley saddle which was used by the U.S. Army from 1833 onward.

August 2, 1932

Birthday of Lamar Hunt who founded the K.C. Chiefs, the A.F.L., Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and much much more.

August 1, 1854

St. Louis purchased its first steam-powered fire engine.

July 31, 1837

William Clarke Quantrill was born on this day.

July 30, 1890

Baseball Hall of Famer, Casey Stengel was born in Kansas City. His nickname "Casey" came from the initials of his home town, K. C.

July 29, 1892

Legendary actor William Powell was born in Pennsylvania, though his family moved to Kansas City in 1907.

July 28, 1849

Committee of Health declared the great cholera epidemic was over. At least 8,423 people died in St. Louis but countless others died along the Missouri River Valley to the west.

July 27, 1866

The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, predecessor of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad (known as The Frisco), was incorporated on this date.

July 26, 1948

President Harry Truman did away with segregation in the military with executive order 9981, making it a model for the rest of society.