August 9, 1900

Tar and feathers? That was just one of the anti-chicken thief punishments promised by a new vigilante group in Shelby County 122 years ago.

August 5, 1805

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August 3, 1931

William Lear, the Hannibal, Mo. native most associated with the Lear Jet, is credited with getting the patent for the first car radio in 1931.

August 2, 1937

On this date in Missouri history in 1937, the final trolley car parade took Springfield residents across the city one last time before the trolleys were retired. 

July 13, 1980

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June 17, 1946

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May 10, 1957

On this date in Missouri history, African American entrepreneur Annie Pope Malone dies. She grew her small business into a household name in the early 1900s, making her one of the wealthiest women in St. Louis.

May 9, 1840

Mastodon bones are discovered in Missouri. Although the exact date of discovery is unknown, it was around this day that a farmer near current-day Imperial found large fossils that he wanted inspected.

March 14, 1835

On this date in Missouri history, legislators pass a bill which reads, “all free persons of color had to apply for a freedom license.” That law meant that not only did African Americans have to apply for freedom, but they also had to prove they met the requirements to be free, which was nearly impossible.

Paper ticket that illustrates Missouri History Today entry about the Monett Opera House.

January 22, 1908

Today in Missouri history. Economist Henry L. Call was speaking at the Opera House in Monett. He told how economic panics could be avoided in the future. Tickets cost 15 cents and included a copy of Mr. Call’s newest book as a gift from the Monett Free Library.