August 13, 1908

Lula Christman died in Centralia on this date. Her grave was dug a week earlier. It's a strange story.


August 12, 1986

Legal gambling on horse racing began on this date in 1986. The state-sanctioned betting was off and running at the Missouri State Fair.


August 11, 1807

Missouri U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison was born on this date in Frogtown, Kentucky. Atchison also holds the distinction of being U.S. president for one day.


August 10, 1821

On this date in Missouri history, Missouri became a state and St. Charles was designated as the temporary capitol.


August 9, 1900

Tar and feathers? That was just one of the anti-chicken thief punishments promised by a new vigilante group in Shelby County 122 years ago.


August 7, 1897

The Fats and the Leans squared off for a baseball game in Hermann 125 years. Which team prevailed?


August 6, 1929

The Lake of the Ozarks owes its existence to the Osage River and the construction of Bagnell Dam, which began on this date in 1929.


August 5, 1805

Missouri History Today is a regular feature of missourilife.com that chronicles the Show-Me State's history day by day. What dates, events, or accomplishments are we missing from our collection?


August 3, 1931

William Lear, the Hannibal, Mo. native most associated with the Lear Jet, is credited with getting the patent for the first car radio in 1931.


August 2, 1937

On this date in Missouri history in 1937, the final trolley car parade took Springfield residents across the city one last time before the trolleys were retired.