June 18, 1812

The War of 1812 began. Nathan Boone and others formed military units and tension built between American Indians and European whites.


June 17, 1933

Pretty Boy Floyd and his gang were implicated in killing four policemen and their prisoner in front of the Union Station in Kansas City.  This event has come to be known as the Kansas City Massacre.  


June 16, 1989

Students from Lee’s Summit got the crinoid named Missouri’s official fossil. The little animal that looked like a plant lived in the ocean that once covered Missouri.


June 15, 1859

Henry Shaw opened his botanical garden to the public on this day.


June 14, 1874

A big crowd of onlookers cheered as a "test elephant" was led across Eads Bridge. People believed that elephants could somehow sense whether or not a structure could support its weight. Eventually Eads ran 14 locomotives back and forth across the bridge while inspectors looked for signs of stress.


June 13, 1888

Missouri Valley College was founded at Marshall.


June 12, 1873

The side-wheeler Mary McDonald was tied up at Waverly when she caught fire and was destroyed.


June 11, 1974

Kansas City and St. Louis star, Al Hrabosky, (the Mad Hungarian) turned his back on a batter for the first time this day.


June 10, 1804

Lewis and Clark spent this day walking the prairies of central Missouri. They wrote of being impressed with the combination of good soil, grass, and an abundance of wild fruit near present day New Cambridge.  


June 9, 1910

Birthday of Joplin-born entertainer, Robert "Bob" Cummings.