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.


May 3, 1870

On this day the railroad was welcomed into Springfield, Missouri. This effectively removed the Ozarks as a barrier to Springfield's connection with the east.


April 21, 1942

J.B. Shelton of Sulphur Springs caught a 200 pound gar and inside he found an antique pocket watch, a silver fork, and a silver spoon.


April 12, 1952

It was "Dizzy Dean Week" in St. Louis in celebration of the movie The Pride of St. Louis. Dizzy was in town for the week and said he didn't care if it wasn't exactly accurate.


April 11, 1964

This is the birthday of Kansas City's dominating right-handed starting pitcher, Bret Saberhagen. At 21 he was the World Series MVP when the Royals beat the Cardinals.


April 10, 1842

Charles Dickens arrived in St. Louis for a five-day visit. He seemed to like the people, hotels, etc. but commented, "It is very hot, lies among great rivers, and has vast tracts of undrained swampy land around it..."