Lewis and Clark

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Sets Out For St. Charles: 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.


Three Boys Disappear in Hannibal: May 10, 1967

Three boys, last seen by a schoolteacher exploring the area around a newly opened cave, disappeared on this date in 1967.


St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900

The St. Louis Streetcar Strike Begins: May 9, 1900

The St. Louis streetcar strike began on this date in 1900. It would continue for four months.


Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman is Born: May 8, 1884

The only president from Missouri was born on this date in 1884.


William J. Stone portrait

Governor William J. Stone is Born: May 7, 1848

Missouri's 28th governor William Joel Stone was born on this date in 1848. Stone is the only figure to have served as Representative, Senator, and Governor of Missouri.


Lilburn Boggs

An Assassin Attempts to Kill Governor Lilburn Boggs: May 6, 1842

An unknown assassin shot former governor Lilburn Boggs on this date in 1842.


The First Train Arrives in Springfield: May 3, 1870

On this day the railroad was welcomed into Springfield, Missouri. This effectively removed the Ozarks as a barrier to Springfield's connection with the east.


Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane is Born in Princeton, Missouri: May 1, 1852

Martha Jane Cannary Burke was born in Princeton. The infamous frontier woman was known as "Calamity Jane."