September 13, 1993

The Mississippi river finally dropped below flood stage after a total of 124 days of flooding.


August 19, 1877

Several noted scientists expressed interest in recent reports of a "sea serpent" sighted in the Mississippi River at eastern Missouri. It was described as 30-feet-long with dark scales, a head like a dog, and a mouth like a pelican.


March 19, 1687

The French explorer Robert de La Salle, who expeditioned in Missouri and the Mississippi Valley, was murdered on this date by mutineers.


January 17, 1854

The Mississippi was frozen over and a saloon keeper set up business in the middle of the river.


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December 16, 1811

The first shocks occurred in the largest earthquake ever to shake North America. It was centered on the New Madrid Fault in Missouri. Read More about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.


January 7, 1856

The Mississippi River was frozen over, and people were walking across.