History Hop Tags - Missouri

Missouri - Notable Historical Events

Wild Bill HickokJul 21, 1865

Jesse JamesFeb 13, 1866

Winston ChurchillMar 5, 1946

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Missouri - Historical Events
Date Event
1764-02-15

St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue

1805-03-03

Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms

1811-12-16

Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri, causing widespread damage

1812-01-23

7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1812-02-07

8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1812-06-04

Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"

1816-08-24

The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.

1820-03-03

Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.

1820-12-20

Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50

1821-08-10

Missouri admitted as 24th US state

1830-07-15

Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, sign fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri

1838-10-27

Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1841-05-01

1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California

1843-05-22

1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon

1846-08-14

The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1849-05-17

Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis Missouri

1852-11-18

Rose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.

1854-05-30

Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery

1861-06-12

Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state

1861-08-10

Battle of Wilson's Creek (Oak Hills) Missouri during US Civil War - General Lyon killed

1861-08-14

Martial Law is declared at St Louis, Missouri due to pro-secession sentiment which surged throughout Missouri after the Battle of Wilson's Creek

1861-08-16

Skirmishes at Fredericktown/Kirkville, Missouri

1861-08-30

John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels

1861-10-25

First Battle of Springfield in Missouri during US Civil War, Union victory

1861-11-28

Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy

1862-03-03

Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)

1862-09-30

First Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri

1864-04-04

Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas

1864-09-27

Battle at Pilot Knob (Ft Davidson) American Civil War, Missouri: 1700 killed/injured

1864-09-27

Centralia Massacre (Missouri): 24 unarmed Union soldiers captured and executed by "Bloody Bill" Anderson/Frank

1864-10-15

Confederate troops occupy Glasgow, Missouri

1864-10-23

Battle of Westport, Missouri: Union General Samuel R Curtis defeats Confederate General Stirling Price

1864-10-28

Second Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri

1865-02-27

Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri

1865-07-21

In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

1865-08-15

Battle of Lone Jack, Missouri

1866-02-13

Jesse James holds up his 1st bank, Liberty, Missouri ($15,000)

1866-10-30

Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington Missouri ($2000)

1867-03-02

Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead

1867-05-23

Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)

1868-12-07

Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

1873-08-26

First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri

1874-01-31

Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

1875-07-07

Jesse James robs train in Otterville Missouri

1879-01-22

James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota

1880-04-18

An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.

1881-02-01

US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized

1881-07-01

US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri opens

1905-02-13

-40°F (-40°C) Warsaw, Missouri (state record)

1911-03-03

1st US federal cemetery with Union & Confederate graves opens, Missouri

1911-06-30

US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closes

1916-01-18

A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.

1927-09-29

Tornado strikes St Louis Missouri, 85 die

1928-07-07

Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped".

1932-01-02

Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri

1932-08-10

A 5.1-kg (11.2-pound) chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.

1934-06-14

WOQ-AM in KC Missouri goes off the air

1936-03-27

WOS-AM in Jefferson City Missouri goes off the air

1944-01-29

USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy, is launched.

1945-08-26

Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II

1945-09-02

V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)

1946-03-05

Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe

1951-08-11

100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois

1954-07-14

118°F (48°C), Warsaw & Union, Missouri (state record)

1957-02-17

A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.

1957-07-06

Harry S Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

1965-07-20

18.18" (46.18 cm) of rainfall, Edgarton, Missouri (state 24-hr record)

1965-10-28

Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri

1971-09-18

19th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 18½-13½ at Old Warson Country Club (St. Louis, Missouri, US)

1982-12-23

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces it has identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.

1983-02-23

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.

1987-12-06

3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"

1988-02-29

KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG

1989-07-22

Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss

1991-12-20

A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.

1992-04-01

Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned

2011-05-22

An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

2012-04-28

Tent collapse in St Louis, Missouri, kills one and injures 110 people

2017-02-14

Ku Klux Klan Leader Found Dead in Missouri

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Missouri - Notable Birthdays

Jesse JamesSep 5, 1847

Calamity JaneMay 1, 1852

John J. PershingSep 13, 1860

Tom HornNov 21, 1860

James Cash PenneySep 16, 1875

Harry TrumanMay 8, 1884

T. S. EliotSep 26, 1888

Langston HughesFeb 1, 1902

Shelley WintersAug 18, 1920

Jack KilbyNov 8, 1923

Chuck McKinleyJan 5, 1941

Leon SpinksJul 11, 1953

Payne StewartJan 30, 1957

Pat LaFontaineFeb 22, 1965

Jon HammMar 10, 1971

EminemOct 17, 1972

Missouri - Birthdays
Date Event
1821-02-19

Francis Preston Blair Jr, Lexington Ky, (Rep-Missouri)

1847-09-05

Jesse James, Missouri, outlaw, son of a clergyman, (d. 1882)

1852-05-01

Calamity Jane, Princeton Missouri, American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok)

1860-09-13

John J. Pershing (Blackjack), Laclede, Missouri, US commander (WW I), (d. 1948)

1860-11-21

Tom Horn, Scotland County Missouri, American gunman and outlaw

1875-09-16

James Cash Penney, Hamilton Missouri, department store founder (J C Penney), (d. 1971)

1882-12-31

Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)

1884-03-16

Harrison Ford, Kansas City, Missouri, silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear)

1884-05-08

Harry Truman, Lamar Missouri, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953), (d. 1972)

1888-09-26

T. S. Eliot, St Louis Missouri, poet/dramatist/critic (Waste Land-Nobel 1948), (d. 1965)

1889-04-15

Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)

1889-10-06

Missouri Royer, The Block Signal

1893-12-23

Ann O'Neal, Missouri, actress (Nana-Professional Father)

1895-06-14

Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", Hannibal Missouri, singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star)

1898-07-04

Johnny Lee, Missouri, actor (Calhoun-Amos 'n' Andy)

1900-10-31

Carl Hubbard, Missouri, baseball & football Hall of Famer

1900-12-25

Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)

1901-10-02

Charles Stark Draper, Windsor Missouri, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines

1902-02-01

Langston Hughes, Joplin, Missouri, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto)

1905-01-23

David Newell, Missouri, actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves)

1905-02-08

Truman Bradley, Missouri US, TV host (Science Fiction Theater)

1906-06-03

Josephine Baker, American dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) in St. Louis, Missouri (d.1975)

1912-09-22

Martha Scott, Jamesport, Missouri, American actress (Our Town, Ben-Hur)

1914-03-08

Jacob B Bakema, urban developer (St Louis Missouri)

1916-06-29

Ruth Warwick, St Joseph, Missouri, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children)

1916-07-15

Vernon E. Clark, St. Louis, Missouri: October 24 - Prison Escapee Captured in Armed Robbery Shootout

1916-07-23

Ben Weber, St Louis Missouri, composer (Thorne Music Award-1965)

1917-01-05

Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Missouri, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan (d. 2007)

1918-04-06

Wade Ray, The James Brothers of Missouri

1920-08-18

Shelley Winters, St Louis Missouri, actress (A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), (d. 2006)

1921-08-13

Jimmy McCracklin, St. Louis, Missouri, blues musician, (d. 2012)

1923-11-08

Jack Kilby, Jefferson City, Missouri, electrical engineer and Nobel laureate (handheld calculator, integrated circuit), (d. 2005)

1923-11-20

Beryl Sprinkel, Missouri, economist (Council of Economic Advisers)

1924-08-17

Evan Connell, Kansas City, Missouri, author (The Patriot), (d. 2013)

1924-9-27

R.L. Armstrong, The Missouri Breaks

1925-05-12

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, St. Louis Missouri, catcher/coach/manager (NY Yankees, Mets)

1925-12-24

Mary Hosford, The Missouri Traveler

1926-03-04

James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)

1926-07-29

Donald Carter, St Louis, Missouri, professional bowler, six-time bowler of the year, (d. 2012)

1929-09-14

Mel Hancock, (Rep-R-Missouri)

1929-12-02

Harvey Phillips, Aurora Missouri, tubist (NYC Ballet Orch)

1931-04-01

Charles Price, Kansas City, Missouri, American Businessman and diplomat, (d. 2012)

1935-01-15

Malcolm Frager, St Louis, Missouri, pianist

1936-09-05

John C Danforth, (Sen-R-Missouri, 1977- )

1939-03-06

Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)

1939-12-11

Thomas McGuane, US, writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks)

1939-12-11

Thomas McGuane, The Missouri Breaks

1941-01-05

Chuck McKinley, St. Louis Missouri, American tennis player

1942-09-15

Lee Dorman, St. Louis Missouri, American bassist (Iron Butterfly)

1942-11-02

Shere Hite, St Joseph Missouri, sex therapist (Hite Report)

1944-05-15

Bill Alter, Missouri State Senator

1944-11-17

Eugene Clarke, Tipton Missouri, rock guitarist

1947-04-27

Ann Peebles, Missouri, singer (I Can't Stand the Rain)

1948-01-14

Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, St. Louis, Missouri, American musician and producer

1949-02-22

Leslie Charleson, KC Missouri, actress (Monica-General Hospital)

1949-12-15

Don Johnson, Flatt Creek, Missouri, American actor (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)

1951-01-12

Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality

1951-10-16

Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )

1951-11-14

Sandahl Bergman, KC Missouri, actress (Conan, All that Jazz)

1953-07-11

Leon Spinks, St. Louis Missouri, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)

1953-07-24

Claire McCaskill, American politician, junior senator from Missouri

1954-06-19

Kathleen Turner, Springfield, Missouri, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile)

1956-10-18

Jim Talent, Des Peres, Missouri, American politician (Rep-R-Missouri)

1957-01-30

William Payne Stewart, Springfield Missouri, PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)

1957-10-27

Jeff East, Kansas City, Missouri, American actor (Huckleberry Finn, Superman)

1958-10-10

J Eddie Peck, Joplin Missouri, actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard)

1960-07-02

Julia Montgomery, Kansas City, Missouri, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds)

1964-01-08

Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1984)

1964-06-06

Sherry J Traylor, Mexico Missouri, Miss Missouri-America (1991)

1965-02-22

Pat LaFontaine, St Louis Missouri, NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers)

1971-03-10

Jon Hamm, St Louis Missouri, American actor (Mad Men - Don Draper)

1971-06-08

Amanda Jahn, Miss USA-Missouri (1997)

1971-07-23

Aimee Rinehart, Miss Missouri USA (1996)

1972-01-15

Kimberly Anne Massaro, St Louis Mo, Miss America (Missouri-5th-1997)

1972-02-05

Erin Phillips, Mexico Missouri, Miss America-Missouri (1996)

1972-05-20

Michael Cox, Hannibal Missouri, 1.5k runner

1972-10-17

Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], Saint Joseph Missouri, rapper and movie star ('The Real Slim Shady', 'Stan' and '8 Mile')

1978-06-11

Leah Sexton, Miss Missouri Teen USA (1996)

1978-08-29

Larissa Meek, Miss Missouri Teen USA (1997)

Missouri - Notable Weddings

Sonny ListonSep 3, 1957

Missouri - Weddings
Date Event
1957-09-03

World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

2012-11-03

Professional bull rider Luke Snyder (30) weds Jennifer Manna (34) at Big Cedar Lodge outside of Branson, Missouri

Missouri - Notable Deaths

Daniel BooneSep 26, 1820

Missouri - Deaths
Date Event
1820-09-26

Daniel Boone, frontiersman, dies in Missouri at 85

1864-01-31

Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies

1943-12-15

Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

1951-08-01

Missouri Royer, The Block Signal

1961-06-13

Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79

1979-01-31

Vernon E. Clark, St. Louis, Missouri: October 24 - Prison Escapee Captured in Armed Robbery Shootout

1988-09-01

Leonor Sullivan, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1955-77), dies at 86

1991-04-21

Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74

1991-06-09

Rudy Sooter, Missouri

1994-06-08

Ray Romero, The Missouri Traveler

1998-11-11

Wade Ray, The James Brothers of Missouri


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