August 13, 1801

On this date the “Mother of Kansas City” was born. Bernice Therese Menard Chouteau and her husband Francois Chouteau came from St. Louis to establish a trading post in 1821. They were the first white settlers in what is now Kansas City.


August 10, 1821

Missouri became a state. St. Charles was designated as the temporary capitol until a permanent location could be established near the conjunction of the Missouri and Osage Rivers.  


August 6, 1828

Andrew Taylor Still was born. He invented osteopathic medicine and founded A.T. Still University in Kirksville.


August 2, 1956

Missouri became the first state to award a contract under the new Interstate Highway law. The first contract was for work on Interstate 44 in Laclede County. Lebanon had the dubious honor of being the first town in Missouri by-passed by an Interstate highway. 


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 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.