February 16, 1763

The Treaty of Paris gave England and Spain most of North America. This left Places east of the Mississippi to the British and the Louisiana Territory went to Spain. Frenchmen, afraid of British rule, rushed to the Missouri area.


February 13, 1859

The first railroad across the state was completed between Hannibal and St. Joseph. On this date the eastbound section was joined with the westbound section at Chillicothe.


February 9, 1839

The Geyer Act established public schools in Missouri and the University of Missouri.


February 2, 1682

LaSalle looked across the Mississippi River on this day and saw what is now Missouri. The first European to do so.


January 26, 1940

The 9:00 AM premier of Gone With the Wind at the Midland in downtown Kansas City caused "a magnificent traffic jam."


January 24, 1903

A shootout occurred in Union, Missouri following the robbing of the Union Bank. A posse of citizens followed the robbers on horseback, and Pinkerton detectives and doctors were rushed by train from St. Louis to care for those in need.


January 23, 1887

William Greenleaf Eliot died on this day. He was a co-founder of Eliot Seminary which became Washington University. He was the grandfather of St. Louis author, T.S. Eliot.


January 19, 1965

Un-manned Gemini spacecraft (built in St. Louis) orbited earth and was successfully recovered.


January 12, 1948

The law enacting the ban on married teachers was lifted though many communities continued to have a de facto rule in place.


Great Depression St. Louis

December 25, 1934

About 68,000 Depression Era poor were fed a free Christmas meal at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.