August 4, 1936

On this day Helen Stephens, "The Fulton Flash" dominated the competition and got the gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.


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 21, 1865

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


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.


May 7, 1953

The FCC approved the start-up of a new TV station by the Educational Television Commission.  It would, of course, be KETC.   


May 4, 1910

President Taft didn’t want to offend either set of fans so, on this day, he attended part of the Cardinals game at Robison Field then scooted over to Sportsman’s Park for the rest of the Browns game.    


April 24, 1964

Birthday of comedian, Cedric the Entertainer from Jefferson City and Berkeley, MO.