April 24, 1964

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

April 21, 1870

The first train from St. Louis reached Springfield. This took sixteen years of construction because of the interruptions due to the Civil War.

April 20, 1861

Southern sympathizers captured the U.S. Arsenal at Liberty, MO. This created more tension at the arsenal at St. Louis and therefore was a contributing factor leading to the St. Louis Massacre.

April 3, 1860

The Pony Express started its first run from St. Joseph. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

March 28, 1905

Marlon Perkins was born in Carthage, MO on this date. He was an effective and popular head of the St. Louis Zoo and his national television show, "Wild Kingdom," ran for 23 years.

March 17, 1804

Mountain man, Jim Bridger was born.

March 16, 1875

The W. J. Lewis a stern-wheeled mountain boat sank just north of the mouth of the Missouri.

March 15, 1931

The final Missouri section of pavement was complete and Route 66 is opened between Rolla and Lebanon.

March 6, 1923

The cardinals came up with a new idea. Players would begin wearing numbers on their uniforms.

March 1, 1893

At a meeting of the National Electric Light Association in St. Louis, Nikola Tesla made the first public demonstration of a new device called a radio.