August 3, 1839

The Missouri Whig and General Advertiser, a newspaper in Palmyra, was first printed on this day. The newspaper still operates in Palmyra  (now known as the Palmyra Spectator) and is the oldest Missouri newspaper in continuous operation.


July 30, 1877

Days after the conclusion of the St. Louis general strike by the St. Louis Workingman's Party, the first general strike in the United States, the St. Louis County Council required all able-bodied males between the ages of twenty-one and fifty to work on the roads for six days each year. That day they also made another change; they raised the drinking age from sixteen to eighteen. 


July 29, 1892

Legendary actor William Powell was born in Pennsylvania, though his family moved to Kansas City in 1907.


July 28, 1849

Committee of Health declared the great cholera epidemic was over. At least 8,423 people died in St. Louis but countless others died along the Missouri River Valley to the west.


July 22, 1873

Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast was born. Known for using nefarious methods to get his way, Pendergast ran the town of Kansas City and the surrounding Jackson County area for nearly fifteen years, from 1925 to 1939.


July 21, 1865

On the square in Springfield, Wild Bill Hickok killed Davis Tutt in what many consider the first true western showdown.


July 18, 1867

Birthday of Margaret Brown in Hannibal, MO.


June 18, 1808

Governor Meriwether Lewis signed the paperwork which officially incorporated the town of Ste. Genevieve. It actually began during the 1720s. 


May 19, 1923

A new advertising strategy involving planes spelling out words with smoke had been developed, and for the first time a skywriter was seen over St. Louis spelling out "Lucky Strike."


May 12, 1846

The Donner Party left Independence on this day headed for California. A phony map and bad advice left them stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in winter where they resorted to cannibalism for survival.