James Buchanan Eads is Born: May 23, 1820

James Buchanan Eads was born on this date in 1820. The famous St. Louisan was responsible for constructing the Eads Bridge, pioneering the use of the diving bell, and building ironclads for the use of the US Navy during the Civil War.

Bug Appétit

They're noisy. They're everywhere. They're ... surprisingly delicious? For entomologists at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, this spring's cicada emergence is the perfect opportunity to try out some new recipes. Cicada scampi, anyone?

Thomas Akers

Thomas Akers is Born: May 20, 1951

Today astronaut Tom Akers was born in St. Louis. He grew up in Eminence and graduated from Eminence High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1973 and 1975, respectively.

The Great St. Louis Fire Begins: May 17, 1849

A fire that would destroy a significant portion of St. Louis broke out on this date in 1849.

St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900

The St. Louis Streetcar Strike Begins: May 9, 1900

The St. Louis streetcar strike began on this date in 1900. It would continue for four months.