July 24, 1897

Nineteen soldiers from the 25th U.S. Infantry arrived in St. Louis after riding their bicycles from Missoula, Montana. They were trying to prove the increased mobility of infantry using bikes. The Japanese Infantry actually had great success with bikes forty years later in Southeast Asia.


June 8, 1923

The national dance marathon was narrowing down at the St. Louis Coliseum. Eighteen-year-old Hilda Johnson dropped out after 147 hours. She got a world record and $700. Three men were still dancing. 


May 18, 1785

Birthday of Missouri's first Congressman, John Scott from Ste. Genevieve. A brilliant lawyer and debater, Mr. Scott did have a temper. One morning he challenged five different men to duels.


Sulphur Springs

April 21, 1942

J.B. Shelton of Sulphur Springs caught a 200 pound gar and inside he found an antique pocket watch, a silver fork, and a silver spoon.


Dizzy Dean

April 12, 1952

It was "Dizzy Dean Week" in St. Louis in celebration of the movie The Pride of St. Louis. Dizzy was in town for the week and said he didn't care if it wasn't exactly accurate.


March 28, 1853

After existing for a couple decades as a river trading port then briefly being known simply as the town of Kansas, Kansas City added the "City" to its name to avoid confusion with the newly formed territory of Kansas. Kansas City was incorporated as we know it today on this date.


March 5, 1946

Winston Churchill delivered the famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton.


February 23, 1945

Lieutenant Harold George Schrier, a Missourian, led a group of US Marines up Mount Suribachi and, on this date, planted a flag at her top signaling the great victory at Iwo Jima. Schrier was born at Corder, MO and want to school at Lexington, MO.


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.