April 4, 1928

Marguerite Ann Johnson was born in St. Louis. Better know as Maya Angelou, she went on to be nominated for Pulitzer Prize in poetry and a Tony Award and to win three Grammys.


March 3, 1794

Today's date is the birthday of John Hardeman Walker who got the Bootheel added to Missouri.


March 2, 1829

The radical reformer, statesman, general, and Missouri Senator Carl Schurz was born on this day. He is famous for saying: "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."


February 20, 1848

Birthday of Uriel Sebree, in Fayette, Missouri. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, Arctic Explorer, Governor of American Samoa.


January 10, 1913

Henry Dorman of Liberal celebrated his 114th birthday on this date in 1913.


Backward and in High Heels: Remembering Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers was born as Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence in 1911, and she spent her early years in Independence and Kansas City. Ginger is best remembered for movies made with dancing partner Fred Astaire. She is famously credited for doing everything Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels.


December 18, 1963

Brad Pitt was born in Oklahoma. However, soon after his birth, his family moved to Springfield. He attended Kickapoo High School and went on to study journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


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.


Meet the Kirksville Man Who Survived Two Heart Transplants

Patrick Weston has overcome long odds to survive, live, and thrive throughout his life. This is his story.


November 16, 1826

Today is the birthday of statesman John Brooks Henderson from Lincoln County, MO. He was appointed a Senator and, after Lincoln's death, Henderson co-wrote the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution which prohibited slavery in the U.S.