October 7, 1817

The second steamboat to ever be in St. Louis arrived on this date. It was the steamboat Constitution. 

September 20, 1948

Three policemen and one bystander were killed in what came to be known as Kansas City’s Paseo Massacre.  

September 18, 1880

The Kansas City Star was established and published its first edition. 

September 17, 2010

Ernest Pullen won a lottery prize of $2 million dollars on "Mega MONOPOLY" lottery ticket. Just a few months earlier, in June, he won $1 million on a "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" ticket.

September 9, 1956

The Broadway Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River, opened in Kansas City. 

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 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.