July 25, 1903

Semple Scott of St. Louis was granted permission to rent small electric cars similar to two-seat golf carts for getting around the World's Fair. They were called Electric Autochairs.


July 24, 1897

Nineteen soldiers from the 25th U.S. Infantry arrived in St. Louis after riding their bicycles from Missoula, Montana. They were trying to prove the increased mobility of infantry using bikes. The Japanese Infantry actually had great success with bikes forty years later in Southeast Asia.


July 23, 1904

This was the reported date when some say the ice cream cone was created and seen for the first time ... at the St. Louis World's Fair, of course.


July 20, 1933

Bonnie and Clyde were involved in another shootout on this day. This time it was at the Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Court in Platte City.


July 19, 1913

The Mountain Grove Journal reported on an old teacher, H. L. Mabrey of Wayne county, had the copy of a contract he made to teach in that county in 1848.


July 17, 1917

Phyliss Ada Driver was born on this date. From her home in Webster Groves she performed and became a regular at the Gaslight Square where she was known as Phyliss Diller. She went on to fame with Bob Hope and others.


June 8, 1923

The national dance marathon was narrowing down at the St. Louis Coliseum. Eighteen-year-old Hilda Johnson dropped out after 147 hours. She got a world record and $700. Three men were still dancing. 


May 18, 1785

Birthday of Missouri's first Congressman, John Scott from Ste. Genevieve. A brilliant lawyer and debater, Mr. Scott did have a temper. One morning he challenged five different men to duels.


May 11, 1940

"Meeting of the Waters," the beautiful fountain across from Union Station in St. Louis was dedicated on this day. It was controversial at the time because of the nude figures.


May 4, 1819

On this day nineteen-year-old Henry Shaw arrived in Missouri. He stepped off the steamboat Maid of Orleans, made a fortune, then retired to look for ways to use his money helping people.