November 26, 1939

Singer Tina Turner was born on this day in Tennessee. However, around age eleven, her family relocated to St. Louis, the same location where she got her start in the music business.

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.

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