September 3, 1923

Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, and loyal University of Missouri Alum was born on this day. Beetle Bailey’s Camp Swampy was modeled after Missouri’s Camp Crowder where Mort Walker had been stationed.  


September 2, 1850

“The Children’s Poet,” Eugene Field was born on this day in St. Louis.  His boyhood home is now a the Eugene Field and Toy Museum at 634 South Broadway in St. Louis. 


September 1, 1880

The parent organization of the St. Louis Symphony was organized on this day.  


August 26, 1856

District Attorney Thomas C. Reynolds and editor of the St. Louis Democrat, Benjamin Gratz Brown, fought a duel on Bloody Island.  Brown was wounded, and Reynolds was unhurt.  Brown went on to become Governor of Missouri, and Reynolds went on to become the Confederate Governor of Missouri.


August 25, 1863

General Thomas Ewing issued the notorious Order No. 11, creating a demilitarized zone in Missouri. Jackson, Cass, Bates, and northern Vernon Counties were forcibly evacuated.  


August 19, 1855

Records show a “sharp frost” in Greene County.  This was the beginning of one of the worst winters ever seen.  


August 18, 1960

R. Buckminster Fuller designed something he called a geodesic dome and placed one in the Missouri Botanical Garden. Calling this one a "Climatron" he explained that it would last for a while but was not a permanent structure. It has been there now for over 50 years and seems able to stand for many more.  


August 12, 1927

Country music legend Porter Wagoner was born in West Plains on this day. He worked for years in Springfield on Radio and TV.


August 11, 1866

The Missouri Historical Society was established in St. Louis.


August 5, 1861

The Battle of Athens was fought in Athens, Missouri. This Civil War skirmish was the most northern battle west of the Mississippi, and it resulted in a Union victory. Today, you can go visit the Battle of Athens State Historic Site.