December 14, 1911

Today in Missouri history, it was reported that the rabbit market had been ruined by warm weather. They were selling for only two cents each in south Missouri.


December 13, 1925

Birthday of singer-dancer-funnyman, Dick Van Dyke from West Plains, MO.


December 12, 1944

Black aviator, Wendell Pruitt, was honored in his home town of St. Louis on this day. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for shooting down three German planes, destroying 70 on the ground and helping to sink a German destroyer.


December 10, 1929

Direct air mail service began between St. Louis and New York.


December 7, 1922

Over 300 barrels of Jack Daniels whiskey disappeared through a siphon hose from the distillery in St. Louis on this date in Missouri history.


December 6, 1900

Today's date in Missouri history is the birthday of Agnes Moorehead, who grew up in St. Louis, spent four seasons as a dancer in the MUNY and made her debut as a singer on KMOX.


December 4, 1922

Movie star Rudolph Valentino toured St. Louis. The Italian-born actor starred in silent films, such as The Son of the Sheik and The Eagle, and caused a frenzy among his female fans when he applied for US citizenship.


December 3, 1907

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch became the first newspaper in the country to deliver its papers by automobile.


November 30, 1835

Samuel Clemens—who later changed his name to Mark Twain—was born in Florida, Missouri.  Haley’s Comet was seen across the night sky at that time, and Twain later told people that he rode in on Haley’s Comet and he would someday ride out.


November 21, 1972

Built at a cost of $250 million, Kansas City International Airport opens, featuring an innovative "Drive to Your Gate" design.