Missouri’s Best BBQ Joints

These savants of the smoker are dishing up barbecue heaven all summer long.


August 7, 1862

Anti-Irish rioting was sweeping through St. Louis. For three days local toughs roamed through Irish neighborhoods to keep the Irish-Americans from voting. Ten people died in those three days.


August 5, 1919

On this day the people who had been presenting outdoor musicals and operas in St. Louis voted to make the productions permanent and the St. Louis Municipal Opera (the MUNY) was born.


St. Louis Indie Rockers, Shady Bug, Hone a Signature Sound

Hannah Rainey, songwriter and guitarist in Shady Bug, helps the indie band create its sound.


August 1, 1904

The St. Louis police department became the first in the nation to use fingerprints for identification.


July 30, 1877

On this day the St. Louis County Council  raised the drinking age from 16 to 18. 


July 29, 1904

The International Association of Ice Cream Makers credit Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi, with using his wafer-like pastries to hold a scoop of ice cream on this day.  Thus, the ice cream cone was born at World's Fair in St. Louis.  He called it a World's Fair Cornucopia.  


July 28, 1881

Governor Crittenden offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who could help in the arrest and conviction of the James Gang. 


July 27, 1904

The first mayor in the U.S. to have an automobile got his new car on this date. St. Louis Mayor Rolla Wells was challenged to a race with the police departments new scorcher wagon.


July 26, 2013

The two sides of the new Stan Musial Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi were joined in the middle on this day in St. Louis.