December 25, 1966

A group of architecture students from Washington University sneaked into the McDonnell Planetarium and tied a huge red bow around the hyperboloid roof, thus starting the Christmas tradition.

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.

Photo courtesy Saint Louis Science Center.