February 5, 1911

Missouriís second capitol building in Jefferson City (fourth overall) was burned to the ground due to a lightning strike.


January 31, 1874

The first Missouri train robbery by the James Gang took place on this date.


January 30, 1984

Robert and Anna Rucker liked to play the lottery.


January 29, 1841

Several new counties were formed on this date including Adair, Andrew, Bates, Camden, Dade, Dallas, Grundy, Holt, Jasper, Osage, Ozark, Saint Clair, Scotland, Shannon, and Wright.


January 26, 1945

An era ended on this date when "Boss" Tom Pendergast died. With his Kansas City Democrat machine he controlled Missouri politics for years.


January 25, 1871

The very talented sculptress from Christian College in Columbia, Vinnie Ream, at age 18 was given the commission by Congress to sculpt the statue of Abraham Lincoln to stand in the National Capital Rotunda.


January 24, 1883

Several breweries including Miller and Schlitz were making a beer they called Budweiser.


January 23, 1816

Howard County, known as "The Mother County" because so many future counties were chiseled out of its original border, was formed on this early date.


January 22, 1829

Randolph County was founded on this date.


January 21, 1879

The Kansas Senate approved a plan to move their border eastward, thus stealing Kansas City from Missouri.