August 5, 1919

On this day the people who had been presenting outdoor musicals and operas in St. Louis voted to make the productions permanent and the St. Louis Municipal Opera (the MUNY) was born.

August 4, 1997

A spectacular fire occurred in Fenton on this day. More than 180,000 wooden pallets burned at a recycling plant.

August 3, 1901

Automobile owners were protesting against the eight mile per hour speed limit. They claimed that autos could be safe up to 15 miles per hour. 

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, 1904

The St. Louis police department became the first in the nation to use fingerprints for identification.

July 31, 2010

The nuclear submarine, USS Missouri was commissioned. It was the fifth ship of the line to be named for the Show-Me State.

July 30, 1877

On this day the St. Louis County Council  raised the drinking age from 16 to 18. 

July 29, 1904

The International Association of Ice Cream Makers credit Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi, with using his wafer-like pastries to hold a scoop of ice cream on this day.  Thus, the ice cream cone was born at World's Fair in St. Louis.  He called it a World's Fair Cornucopia.  

July 28, 1881

Governor Crittenden offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who could help in the arrest and conviction of the James Gang. 

July 27, 1904

The first mayor in the U.S. to have an automobile got his new car on this date. St. Louis Mayor Rolla Wells was challenged to a race with the police departments new scorcher wagon.