June 8, 1957

The Missouri Commission on Human Rights was created on this date.


June 5, 1822

On this date Samuel T. Hawken arrived in St. Louis to begin making his famous Hawken's Rifles—the favorite of mountain men and pioneers.


June 4, 1924

Actor Dennis Weaver was born in Joplin. He appeared in the CBS Western Gunsmoke and starred the NBC police drama McCloud, among other roles.


June 1, 1900

The folks in Lawrence County just got the news that the bond issue had passed and they would be building a new courthouse.


May 31, 1927

King George awarded Charles Lindbergh England's Distinguished Flying Cross on this day. This and many other Lindbergh items are on display for free at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.


May 29, 1871

The notorious St. Charles Bridge opened across the Missouri River. It was the scene of several collapses, train wrecks, and riverboat sinkings.  


May 27, 1896

The tornado struck St. Louis and left 118 people dead. It was one of the most deadly and destructive tornadoes in US history. It hit the Eads bridge, among a number of other historic places, and caused more than ten million dollars (not adjusted for inflation) in damage. 


May 26, 1926

After a fan's nose was broken by a Jim Bottomley home run, the fan sued. In court, "Sunny Jim" was forced to admit that he "intentionally hit the ball to create a situation known as a home run." He had to pay $3,500.


May 22, 1843

The first large wagon train (more than 1,000 people) left Independence for the Oregon Territory.


May 21, 1856

The Missouri State Teachers Association was founded in Columbia. It was one of the nation's first organization for teachers.