Man and woman sit in old convertible car from the early 1900's

August 3, 1901

Automobile owners were protesting against the eight mile per hour speed limit. They claimed that autos could be safe up to 15 miles per hour. 


Fingerprint on white background

August 1, 1904

The St. Louis police department became the first in the nation to use fingerprints for identification.


USS Missouri Arrives in Pearl Harbor

July 31, 2010

The nuclear submarine, USS Missouri was commissioned. It was the fifth ship of the line to be named for the Show-Me State.


Two pints of beer

July 30, 1877

On this day the St. Louis County Council  raised the drinking age from 16 to 18. 


child holding an ice cream cone in Missouri Ice Cream Shop

July 29, 1904

The International Association of Ice Cream Makers credit Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi, with using his wafer-like pastries to hold a scoop of ice cream on this day.  Thus, the ice cream cone was born at World's Fair in St. Louis.  He called it a World's Fair Cornucopia.  


Rolla Wells portrait

July 27, 1904

The first mayor in the U.S. to have an automobile got his new car on this date. St. Louis Mayor Rolla Wells was challenged to a race with the police departments new scorcher wagon.


Forest Park in August

July 25, 1934

Missouri was struggling through her hottest month in history. Thousands of city people were sleeping in parks and along highways looking for relief from their houses and apartments.


A bridge over river in hermann Missouri

July 23, 2007

The new Christopher S. Bond Bridge across the Missouri at Hermann was opened to traffic on this day.


Will Bill Hickock's guns

July 21, 1865

On the square in Springfield, Will Bill Hickock killed Davis Tutt in what some site as the first true western showdown.


Daniel Boone's Grave Site

July 17, 1845

The bodies of Daniel and Rebecca Boone were moved to Kentucky. (Or were they?) Forensic evidence and personal testimony indicate that the bodies in Kentucky are not the Boones after all.