May 29, 1974

Five people were killed by lightning in one day in St. Louis County. Four were Freshman girls at JFK High School in Manchester.

May 27, 1778

The founder of St. Louis, Pierre Laclède, was going downriver to New Orleans on this date when he died.

May 26, 1780

The little town of St. Louis was attacked by 1000 British and their Indian allies. At least 21 settlers were killed. If the British had won, would the Louisiana Purchase have happened? 

May 25, 1955

Kenny Schrader was born in St. Louis. He began his racing career on a go-kart in his yard and then moved up to the dirt track at Pevely. He went on to become one of the top drivers in the nation.

May 23, 1874

The Eads Bridge across the Mississippi was opened for pedestrians. This privately funded bridge cost five cents to cross or, for ten cents, you could stay and "promenade in the cool river breezes."

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. Eventually Colonel Akers made four trips into space.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open Soon

Almost 200 outlets will be opening in August, and cultivation can begin. Here’s what you should know.

Four Generations Later

How a St. Louis Pretzel company became a staple in the city.

May 7, 1974

The Gateway Arch welcomed its five-millionth visitor. It was a nine-year-old girl from Illinois. Among her special attendance prizes were a case of wine and some tickets to the Playboy Club.

May 6, 1888

St. Louis residents were finding eels in their sinks. The water commissioner said that eels and minnows could easily pass through the filters when they were young and then would grow while they lived in the settling basins.