June 3, 1906

Birthday of St. Louis-born Josephine Baker, a famous entertainer and civil rights leader.

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Josephine Baker

June 3, 1906

Josephine Baker was born on this day in St. Louis. In her time, she was a world famous dancer and jazz and pop singer. She was also a civil rights leader who defected to France, where she became a citizen in 1937.

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. 

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