June 5, 2005

On this date in Missouri history, the American Bullfrog was selected as our state amphibian.


June 4, 2002

Twenty years ago today, the Missouri Fox Trotter was chosen as our official state horse.


June 3, 1875

In the mid 1870s, trillions of Rocky Mountain locusts descended on the Great Plains and devoured everything in their path, even blacking out the sky at times. Churches reported having daylong prayer services to stop the plague.


June 2, 1997

On this date in history, Red Chaney, the Springfield entrepreneur who invented the drive-through window, dies. For 38 years he operated Red’s Giant Hamburg on Route 66.


June 1, 1971

On this date in Missouri history, the first nurses to graduate from Lincoln University were pinned. 


May 31, 1995

On this date in Missouri history, the Missouri mule is named Missouri’s official state animal.


May 27, 1911

Vincent Price is born in St. Louis. One of America’s best-known character actors was born into a wealthy and influential family, with little indication of the type of fame that was to come.


May 26, 1973

On this date in Missouri history, Worlds of Fun amusement park opens.


May 25, 1901

On this date in Missouri history, Glen Echo Country Club opens.


May 22, 2011

On this date in Missouri history, an EF5 tornado devastates Joplin, killing at least 158 people.