Tony Jannus made a historic trip on this date. He became the first person to deliver beer by airplane. He flew the bubbly cargo from St. Louis to the Mayor of New Orleans. The Lemp brewery strapped a case of beer onto the fabric wing right behind the pilot. When he landed that evening after the first leg of his journey almost half of the beer bottles were empty.  By the time he got to New Orleans all of the beer was gone but the mayor smiled and acted pleased in front of all the cameras. A good politician.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.