May 7, 1953

The FCC approved the start-up of a new TV station by the Educational Television Commission.  It would, of course, be KETC.   

May 5, 1961

Alan Shepard became the first American to go into space. His Mercury capsule is one of twenty spaceships to be built in St. Louis by McDonnell-Douglas.  

May 4, 1910

President Taft didn’t want to offend either set of fans so, on this day, he attended part of the Cardinals game at Robison Field then scooted over to Sportsman’s Park for the rest of the Browns game.    

May 3, 1930

Laura Ingalls became the first licensed woman pilot in St. Louis.

May 1, 1852

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

April 30, 1928

The Spirit of St. Louis flew its last flight, departing from Lambert Field and arriving in Washington, DC, where it was subsequently donated to the Smithsonian Institution. 

April 26, 1886

The Douglas County Courthouse (which was housed at the time in a temporary building) was destroyed by fire.

April 24, 1964

Birthday of comedian, Cedric the Entertainer from Jefferson City and Berkeley, MO.

April 23, 1816

On this date St. Charles residents asked the state for a road running west from St. Charles to Howard County. This was the beginning of what would become the Booneslick Trail, then the Route. 2, then Highway 40, and finally now Interstate 70.

April 21, 1870

The first train from St. Louis reached Springfield. This took sixteen years of construction because of the interruptions due to the Civil War.