June 21, 1893

Thomas Gibson Walton, the father of Wal-Mart founders Bud and Sam Walton, was born at Diggins in Webster County.

March 17, 1992

Columbia native Sam Walton is presented with the Medal of Freedom from President George H.W. Bush. The Hickman High School and Mizzou alum founded Walmart in 1962 and had become the richest man in America by 1985.