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.


February 24, 1859

The border war with Kansas was in full swing and the Missouri Legislature appropriated $30,000, almost a million dollars in today's money, to establish a military post on the western border to keep the Jayhawks out.


February 22, 1853

Eliot Seminary (now Washington University) was chartered in St. Louis on this date.


February 17, 1857

Iron County was established on this date.


February 16, 1999

Police arrested several dozen people and maced many more when Fat Tuesday crowds got out of hand in St. Louis's Soulard Neighborhood.


February 14, 1789

Colonel George Morgan and seventy colonists established the city of New Madrid on this date.


February 11, 1856

The United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments in the landmark Dred Scott case.


February 10, 1971

Satchel Paige was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.


January 13, 1969

The young man from a background of extreme poverty was sworn in on this date to become the first Missouri Governor to serve consecutive terms. His name was Warren E. Hearnes.