September 5, 1856

The steamboat Arabia sank at Westport Landing. It has been raised and is now a wonderful museum. 

September 4, 1929

US Senator Thomas Eagleton was born in St. Louis. Outside of Missouri, he is most remembered for being the Democratic vice presidential nominee under George McGovern in 1972.

August 31, 1793

This is the day that "Le Chasseur," the hunter, Louis Blanchette died. He had earlier established a trading post that he called Les Petite Cotes, or Village of Little Hills. Under the Spanish, the name was changed to San Carlos but the Americans call it St. Charles.

August 30, 1856

The Steamboat Arabia left St. Louis. It sank at Westport Landing six days later.

August 29, 1891

Birthday of Joyce C. Hall from Kansas City who founded Hallmark Cards, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Hall of Fame, etc. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

August 28, 1820

Missouri's first statewide elections were held. Alexander McNair was elected Governor. Missouri was still one year away from officially becoming a state. Read our story about Missouri's first territorial governors here.

August 27, 1933

On this day Lieutenant Tito Falconi flew his open-cockpit airplane from St. Louis to Joliet upside down. He was happy to set the record for inverted flight but was a little worried also because one of the straps that held him in broke along the way.

August 24, 1869

The riverboat War Eagle burned in St. Louis.  

August 23, 1880

This the birthday of Jesse Clyde Nichols, the visionary developer who created Kansas City’s beautiful Country Club Plaza. 

August 22, 1848

After a four-year engagement, Julia Dent married Ulysses S. Grant and moved to a large dogtrot cabin at Hardscrabble Farm known today as Grant's Farm. The open "dog trot" section of Grant's Cabin has been filled in. Settlers often did this to provide a large entrance to their homes and additional living space.