Web Extras: Tom Sawyer and Jefferson Highway

The 1973 film adaptation of Tom Sawyer, filmed entirely on location in Missouri, featured some very grand female stars, including one that was uncredited yet central to the story.


Mark Twain Birthday

November 30, 1835

Samuel Clemens—who later changed his name to Mark Twain—was born in Florida, Missouri.  Haley’s Comet was seen across the night sky at that time, and Twain later told people that he rode in on Haley’s Comet and he would someday ride out.


April 9, 1859

On this date Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) got his Mississippi River Boat Pilot License.


Huckleberry Finn book

February 18, 1885

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. At first it was met with mixed to negative reviews, but it is now considered one of the greatest pieces of American literature.


Mark Twain Birthday

February 2, 1863

Samuel Clemens used the name "Mark Twain" for the first time.