February 1, 1902

Novelist, playwright, and short story writer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin.


January 29, 1944

The USS Missouri was launched was launched on this day.


January 28, 1817

Governor William Clark authorized a territorial lottery. It was to use profits to purchase fire equipment for the territory’s capital city, which was St. Louis.


January 27, 1810

St. Louis officially organized citizens into fire companies. All able-bodied men were required to keep two sturdy buckets on hand and be ready to serve.


January 13, 1969

The young man from a background of extreme poverty was sworn in on this date to become the first Missouri Governor to serve consecutive terms. His name was Warren E. Hearnes.


January 12, 1997

Steve Fossett took off from Busch Stadium aboard his balloon "Solo Spirit" and set a world distance record when he landed in India.


January 9, 1890

Frank Boughton, a butcher in Hillsboro was offering fresh beef at 4 to 6 cents per pound.


January 7, 1856

The Mississippi River was frozen over, and people were walking across.


January 5, 1905

Employees taking down the World's Fair discovered the fine qualities of the snow-covered hill in front of what is now the Art Museum.