November 3, 1948

At the St. Louis Union Station, Harry Truman displayed the famous newspaper headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman."


October 29, 1937

Henry Armstrong—the only man to ever hold three championship titles at the same time—won his first title (Featherweight) on this date.  He was a lifelong St. Louis resident.


October 23, 1826

The historic military facility at Jefferson Barracks was given its present name.  Previously, it was known as Camp Adams. 


October 22, 1922

The Kansas City Monarchs beat Babe Ruth and his all-star team in Kansas City.  


October 21, 1955

An unknown singer was the opening act for Roy Acuff's three day stint in St. Louis. No one seemed excited about the young Elvis Presley.


October 20, 1883

The historic riverboat Far West sank at Mullanphy's Island near the mouth of the Missouri. It was one of Custer's boats and after Little Bighorn it steamed back 920 miles in just 54 hours! The Far West is also the subject of a Gary Lucy painting.


October 14, 1886

The Buffalo Reflex reported that, "The Kansas prodigals continue to return to old Dallas (County) thoroughly disgusted with that windy and grasshopper country."


October 13, 1877

Lizzie Wise drew a crowd as she ascended in her balloon from the Grand Avenue Baseball Park in St. Louis. A stiff wind grabbed the balloon and she was whisked away. She was found the next day in Illinois, hanging from a treetop, unharmed.


October 12, 1837

The steamboat Chariton—which previously sank at the mouth of the Gasconade and was raised, sank at Independence and was raised, blew her boiler in St. Louis killing twelve and was repaired—sank in Euphrasie Bend near Glasgow on this date.


October 7, 1817

The second steamboat to ever be in St. Louis arrived on this date. It was the steamboat Constitution.