February 18, 1915

When Frank James died on this date at his home in Excelsior Springs, a chapter of the history of "The Outlaw State" truly came to an end.

February 17, 1797

This is the birthday of the "Father of Kansas City," Francois Chouteau. In 1821 he established a trading post just east of what is now downtown. After a flood, he moved to what is now the downtown area.

February 16, 1903

Cole Younger was paroled from prison after the botched Northfield, MN bank robbery and returned to Missouri on this date. He met with Frank James in Kansas City and organized the "Buckskin Wild West Show."

February 15, 1978

St. Louisan, Leon Spinks, shocked the sports world when he beat Muhammad Ali in fifteen rounds for the World Heavyweight Crown. He and his brother, Michael, were the only brothers to ever hold world titles.

February 14, 1920

In Kansas City Rube Foster organized the Negro National League. Both St. Louis and Kansas City were among the original franchises.

February 13, 1890

Work was planned on the terrible streets in Crystal City. Men were hired, teams and equipment were lined up and assignments were made.

February 12, 1804

Birthday of Robert Campbell who, with William Sublette, founded the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He became one of the richest men in St. Louis. His home, Campbell House is now a Museum.

February 10, 1843

Mrs. Julia Soulard gave the city of St. Louis a gift of land on the south side. The gift stipulated that it must be used as a public market. Soulard Market has been a landmark for over 170 years now. 

February 9, 1951

Satchel Paige was signed to pitch for the St. Louis Browns at age 46. Between innings Paige lounged in a rocking chair near the dugout.