Return to home LHN: http://members.xoom.com/mellis/default2.htm The bluebird is the official state bird.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.E3)
St. Louis is the home of the Int'l. Bowling Museum and Hall
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A3)
John Mackay, Irish immigrant, made millions in Jefferson
City, but died rootless while building an int'l. cable company.
(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16) c7,400BC In 1998 specimens of
sandals were analyzed from a Missouri cave that dated to this time.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A2)
600Mil BC The North American continent began to
break apart in the middle and then stopped, leaving the area beneath
the Mississippi River fractured and weak.
(Arch, 1/06, p.35)
1400 Occupants of the Towosaghy
site near New Madrid, Missouri, burned their temple about this time.
Later evidence indicated that this coincided with a major earthquake
in the area.
(Arch, 1/06, p.34)
1698 Missionary John St. Cosme
celebrated the first Mass in what became St. Louis.
(SFC, 1/28/99, p.A3)
1764 Feb 15, The city of St.
Louis was established as a French trading post. Pierre Laclede Ligue
and stepson Auguste Chouteau notched a couple of trees that marked
the site for Laclede’s Landing that became St. Louis.
(SFC, 5/12/97, p.T5)(AP, 2/15/98)(440 Int’l.,
1793 Cape Girardeau, Missouri,
was first founded where the present day Cape Rock Park sits, when
Don Louis Lorimier was given a land grant by the Spanish government.
The City of Cape Girardeau celebrated its 200th year in 2006.
1804 May 14, The Lewis and
Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri, to travel
upriver to wait for Meriwether Lewis. The two will soon depart
together on a journey to reach the Pacific. The trip was retold in a
TV movie by Ken Burns in 1997. [see May 22]
(AP, 5/14/97)(SFC,11/4/97, p.B1)(HN, 5/14/99)
1804 May 22, The Lewis and
Clark Expedition officially began as the Corps of Discovery departed
from St. Charles, Missouri. [see May 14]
1805 Mar 3, Louisiana-Missouri
1806 Jul 15, Lieutenant Zebulon
Pike began his famous western expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine,
near St. Louis, Missouri. Pike was the US Army officer who in 1805
led an exploring party in search of the source of the Mississippi
(HN, 7/15/99)(MC, 7/15/02)
1806 Sep 23, The Lewis and
Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest
over three years after its departure.
(AP, 9/23/97)(HN, 9/23/98)
1808 The first US newspaper
west of the Mississippi was founded in St. Louis by Joseph Charles,
an Irish refugee. He was financed by Meriwether Lewis, the local
territorial governor, who needed someone to print the local laws. In
1998 David Dary published: "Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in
the Old West."
(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)
1809 Oct 11, Meriwether Lewis
committed suicide at 35. [see Oct 12]
1809 Oct 12, Meriwether Lewis,
of the Lewis and Clark expedition, died under mysterious
circumstances in St. Louis. [see Oct 11]
1811 Mar 20, George Caleb
Bingham (d.1879), Missouri painter, was born in Virginia. His
paintings included "Fur Traders on the Missouri."
1811 Nov 16, An earthquake in
Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. [see Dec
1811 Dec 15-16, A 7.3
earthquake struck the central US on the Mississippi River. It was
centered at New Madrid, Missouri. Aftershocks continued into 1812.
In 1976 James Penick Jr. authored "The New Madrid Earthquakes of
1811-1812." [see Jan 23, Feb 7, 1812]
(HC, 6/7/98)(ON, 10/99, p.5,6)(SFC, 2/24/01,
p.A10)(NH, 3/1/04, p.66)
1812 Jan 23, A 2nd major
earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri.
(NH, 3/1/04, p.67)
1812 Feb 7, A 3rd major
earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri, and for a few hours reversed
the course of the Mississippi River. [see Dec 15-16, 1811, Jan 23,
(NH, 3/1/04, p.67)
1819 Jul, Stephen Long joined
Gen. Henry Atkinson's Yellowstone Expedition bound from St. Louis to
the Rockies on the steamboat Western Engineer. This was the first
steamboat to travel up the Missouri River into the Louisiana
Purchase territory. Edwin James, a medical doctor, botanist and
ethnologist, also served on the expedition.
1819 Hannibal, Missouri, the
small Midwestern city and boyhood home of Mark Twain (Samuel
Clemens), was settled by Moses Bates on land belonging to Abraham
Bird. Clemens based some of his stories on the small, Mississippi
River city--many of the landmarks in the books can be found nearby.
Jackson’s Island is located just off the Illinois shore of the
Mississippi and Mark Twain Cave is about two miles south of town.
Besides its fictional uses, the cave also served as a stop on the
Underground Railroad and may have been one of Jesse James` hideouts.
Present-day Hannibal has a population of approximately 18,000
(according to the 1990 census).
1820 Mar 3, The Missouri
Compromise was passed by Congress. It allowed Missouri to enter the
Union as a slave state and Maine to enter as a free state. [see Mar
(PCh, 1992, p.389)(SC, 3/3/02)
1820 Mar 6, The Missouri
Compromise, enacted by Congress, was signed by President James
Monroe. This compromise provided for the admission of Missouri into
the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of
the northern Louisiana Purchase territory. The compromise was
invalidated in the 1856 Scott vs. Sanford case. [see Mar 3]
(HN, 3/6/98)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A3)
1820 Sep 26, The legendary
frontiersman Daniel Boone died quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of
his son Nathan, at age 85.
1820 Dec 20, Missouri imposed a
$1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 and 50.
1821 Aug 10, Missouri became
the 24th state.
1821 Sep 1, William Becknell
led a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on
what would become the Santa Fe Trail.
1825 A law that defined and set
punishment for abortion was placed into the Missouri penal code. It
was the 2nd US abortion law after a 1821 law in Connecticut. The law
prohibited only abortions induced by poisoning.
(SFEM, 2/1/98, p.13)
1830 Jul 15, 3 Indian tribes,
Sioux, Sauk & Fox, signed a treaty giving the US most of
Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri.
1830s Henry Shaw made a fortune
outfitting westward bound wagon trains. He retired at 40 and began
to transform a wild prairie outside the city into magnificent
gardens known later as The Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw’s
(SFC, 5/12/97, p.T5)
1833 By this time an outfitting
post was formally laid out and named Westport with Chouteau’s
settlement becoming known as Westport Landing. Both served to equip
parties headed out west.
1835 Nov 30, Samuel Langhorne
Clemens (d.1910), author, -- better known under his penname as Mark
Twain -- was born in Florida, Mo.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AHD, 1971, p.1385)(AP, 11/30/97)
1835 The 1825 Missouri abortion
law was rewritten to prohibit instrumental abortions as well as
those induced by poisons.
(SFEM, 2/1/98, p.13)
1837 Jul 31, William Clarke
Quantrill (d.1865), Confederate raider, was born. He was known as a
successful and daring partisan ranger in Missouri during the
American Civil war. In 2003 Paul R. Peterson authored "Quantrill of
Missouri, The Making of a Guerrilla Warrior, The Man, the Myth, the
1837 Conflicts broke up the
Mormon communities in Missouri and Ohio.
(NW, 9/10/01, p.48)
1838 Oct 31, A mob of about 200
attacked a Mormon camp in Missouri, killing 20 men, women and
children. In the massacre at Haun’s Mill in western Missouri 17
Mormon settlers were killed. Joseph Smith was arrested and the
Mormons were driver from the state.
(HN, 10/31/98)(NW, 9/10/01, p.48)
1840 May 10, Mormon leader
Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the
hostilities they experienced in Missouri.
1841 Apr 6, Cornerstone was
laid for 2nd Mormon temple at Nauvoo, Missouri.
1841 May 1, The 1st emigrant
wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
1841-1869 Approximately 400,000 settlers crossed
the American West on the Oregon Trail during this period. The influx
of settlers began after legendary mountainmen Thomas Fitzpatrick and
Joe Meek guided a small band of settlers out of Independence,
Missouri, in 1841, heading west toward the Oregon Territory, 2,000
miles distant. The route they used, pieced together from Indian and
trapper paths, would become known as the Oregon Trail. By the time
the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, some 400,000
settlers had traveled west on the Oregon Trail.
1843 May 22, The 1st wagon
train with over 1000 people departed Independence, Missouri for
Oregon. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two
years after the first modest party of settlers made the long,
overland journey to Oregon.
1845 John C. Fremont led his
3rd surveying expedition through the central Great Basin of Nevada.
He was accompanied by Thomas E. Breckenridge, a Missouri fur
(BLM, 2001)(ON, 12/06, p.5)
1847 Feb 28, Colonel Alexander
Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers rode to victory
at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
1847 Sep 5,
Jesse Woodson James (Jesse James, d.1882) was born in Kearney, Mo,
the son of a clergyman. At seventeen, James left his native Missouri
to fight as a Confederate guerrilla in the Civil War. After the war,
he returned to his home state to establish one of history’s most
notorious outlaw gangs. With his younger brother Frank and several
other ex-Confederates, including Cole Younger and his brothers,
James robbed his way across the Western frontier targeting banks,
trains, stagecoaches, and stores from Iowa to Texas. Eluding even
the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the gang escaped with
thousands of dollars.
(WUD, 1994 p.762)(USLC, 9/5/99)(MesWP)
1848 Oct 19, John "The
Pathfinder" Fremont moved out from near Westport, Missouri, on his
fourth Western expedition with 33 volunteers. The goal was to find a
railroad route across the Rocky Mountains. His failed attempt to
open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel
ended with some of his men cannibalizing their comrades.
(HN, 10/19/98)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.6)(ON, 12/06,
1848 George Caleb Bingham
(1811-1879), artist, won a seat as a Missouri legislator and served
a single term.
1849 Mar 4, The US had no
President. Pres. James K. Polk officially stepped down as the 11th
US president and President Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn-in on
a Sunday. US Sen. Some say David Rice Atchison (1807-1886) of
Missouri then technically held office as president until Zachary
Taylor took his oath the next day. However Atchison’s term as
president pro tempore of the Senate had also expired, and his new
term did not begin until March 5.
(AH, 2/03, p.18)
1849 May 17, A fire in St.
Louis, Mo., destroyed more than 400 buildings and two dozen
1850 Westport was chartered as
Kansas, named after the river.
1854 Aug 30, John Fremont
issued a proclamation freeing the slaves of Missouri rebels.
1854 The Missouri "Border
Ruffians" harassed the new settlers of the Kansas territory.
(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.W10)
1858 May 19, A pro-slavery band
led by Charles Hameton executed unarmed Free State men near Marais
des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.
1858 Sep 15, The Butterfield
Overland Mail Company began delivering mail from St. Louis to San
Francisco. The company's motto was: "Remember, boys, nothing on
God's earth must stop the United States mail!"
1849 In Missouri Henry Shaw, a
British immigrant, established the St. Louis Botanical Garden.
(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.M5)
1860 Apr 3, The US Pony Express
mail system began when one horse and rider carrying a bulging mail
pouch began the 10 1/2-day run from San Francisco, Calif., to St.
Joseph, Mo. Riders left St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, Ca., at
the same time. They averaged 12 mph over 75-100 mile segments
between 153 (190) change stations. The freight company of Russell,
Majors and Waddell began the service. The enterprise failed after
only 18 months, however, due to mounting financial losses and
competition from the ever-expanding telegraph network. Donald C.
Biggs (d.2000 at 72), prof. of history at SF State, later authored
"The Pony Express: Creation of the Legend."
2/15/97, p.D4)(AP, 4/3/97)(SFC, 6/12/00, p.A24)
1860 Sep 13, John J. Pershing
(d.1948), aka "Black Jack," was born in Laclede, Missouri. He led
the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and commanded the
American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
1860-1861 The Patee House Hotel (now the Patee
House Museum) served as the Pony Express headquarters, and the
operators used the hotel as a place to put up their riders.
1860-1865 Anti-slavery, pro-Union guerrillas in
Kansas during the American Civil War were commonly known as
Jayhawkers. As a bird, the Jayhawk does not exist, but Jayhawkers
were very real. Jayhawkers coursed about Kansas and Missouri,
impelled by substantially more malice than charity as they fought
their Confederate counterparts, the Bushwhackers, who favored the
Confederacy. Some Bushwhackers were semi-legitimate soldiers, even
grudgingly acknowledged as such by the Confederate Army. Such men as
William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, John Thrailkill, David
Pool, Jo Shelby and Jeff Thompson were in this category. Others were
simply banditti with a quasi-military excuse for vengeful ambush,
robbery, murder, arson and plunder.
(HNQ, 5/24/01)(HN, 5/30/01)
1861 May 10, Union troops
marched on state militia in St Louis, Mo.
1861 Aug 10, General Nathaniel
Lyon died at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri. He was the 1st
Union general to die in the Civil War. The 2nd land battle of the
Civil War was fought along Wilson’s Creek in southwest Missouri. The
fight was considered a Confederate victory. This 1st major battle
west of the Mississippi was pivotal in determining the fate of the
most populous state west of the Mississippi River in the early
months of the Civil War."
6/5/02)(www.civilwarhome.com/wilsonscreek.htm)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1861 Aug 14, Martial Law was
declared at St. Louis, MI.
1861 Aug 15, Lincoln directed
reinforcements to be sent to Missouri.
1861 Aug 16, Union and
Confederate forces clashed near Fredericktown and Kirkville,
1861 Aug 30, Union General John
Fremont declared martial law throughout Missouri and made his own
emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. However,
Fremont’s order was countermanded days later by President Lincoln.
Fremont was soon relieved of command after refusing Lincoln’s order
to rescind his proclamation and adhere to the terms of the August 6
(HN, 8/30/98)(AP, 8/30/06)(ON, 6/10, p.1)
1861 Sep 20, Lexington,
Missouri, was captured by Union forces.
1861 Nov 7, Union General
Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.
1861 Nov 9, During the Civil
War, soldiers of the Illinois 11th, 18th, and 29th Regiments, after
forcing the Confederates south, set up camp in Bloomfield, Missouri.
Upon finding the newspaper office empty, they decided to print a
newspaper for their expedition, relating the troop's activities.
They called it the Stars and Stripes.
1861 Nov 28, The Confederate
Congress admitted Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri had
not yet seceded from the Union.
(DT internet 11/28/97)(HN, 11/28/98)
1862 Mar 3, General Pope laid
siege in front of New Madrid, MO.
1862 May 9, Battle of
1862 Jul 29, At Moore’s Mill in
Missouri, the Confederates were routed by Union guerrillas.
1862 The dark clouds of civil
war gathered over the nation as two aggressive factions--the
Wide-Awakes and the Minutemen--plotted to gain political control of
Missouri and its most important city, St. Louis.
1863 May 24, Bushwackers led by
Captain William Marchbanks attacked a Federal militia party in
1863 Jul 15, Confederate raider
Bill Anderson and his Bushwackers attacked Huntsville, Missouri,
stealing $45,000 from the local bank.
1863 Jul 23, Bill Anderson and
his Confederate Bushwackers gutted the railway station at Renick,
1864 Sep 27, Confederate
guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage
Jesse James, massacred 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Mo.
1864 Sep 27, Battle at Pilot
Knob (Ft Davidson), Missouri. 1700 were killed or injured.
1864 Oct 15, Confederate troops
occupied Glasgow, Missouri.
1864 Oct 23, Forces led by
Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling
Price's army in Missouri.
1864 Dec 2, Major General
Grenville M. Dodge was named to replace General Rosecrans as
Commander of the Department of Missouri.
1864 Adolphus Busch
(1839-1913), German immigrant married to Eberhard Anheuser’s
daughter (1861), began working at his father-in-law’s brewery in St.
1865 Feb 27, A Civil War
skirmish took place near Sturgeon, Missouri.
1866 Feb 13, Jesse James took
part in his 1st bank holdup. At least a dozen former Southern
guerrilla soldiers, including Frank James and Cole Younger, held up
the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri, of
$15,000. Jesse James was recovering from wounds suffered as a
Confederate guerrilla and probably wasn’t able to help brother Frank
and Cole, but the Liberty bank job is considered the James-Younger
Gang’s first robbery. Another outlaw legend, Charles "Black Bart"
Boles baffled Wells Fargo detectives during an eight year stint of
27 stagecoach robberies.
(HN, 2/13/98)(HN, 7/18/00)(MC, 2/13/02)
1866 Oct 30, Jesse James gang
robbed a bank in Lexington, Missouri, of $2000.
1867 Mar 2, Jesse James-gang
robbed a bank in Savannah MO, 1 dead.
1867 May 23, Jesse James gang
robbed a bank in Richmond, Missouri, with 2 killed and $4,000 taken.
1868 Dec 7, Jesse James gang
robbed a bank in Gallatin, Missouri, and killed 1 person.
1868 In Missouri Henry Shaw
(1800-1889), British-born businessman, gave Tower Grove Park to St.
Louis. In 2005 Carol Grove authored “Henry Shaw's Victorian
Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park.”
1869 Railroad companies built
the first bridge across the Missouri River at Kansas City.
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G6)
1869 James Buchanan Eads
(1820-1887), American civil engineer, began building the world’s
longest arch bridge to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The
bridge, completed in 1874, was the first of significant size to use
steel as its primary material.
1869 The Stone Hill Winery was
built in Missouri and later became listed on the National Historic
(SFC, 7/24/03, p.D5)
1871 A glass plant was built in
a Missouri town that was named Crystal City. By 1895 the factory was
acquired by Pittsburgh Plate Glass, later PPG Industries, which
added a glass factory billed as the largest in the world. In 1990 it
was closed and bulldozed, leaving lingering environmental
contamination at the 250-acre site.
(WSJ, 9/16/08, p.A22)
1874 Jan 31, Jesse James gang
robbed a train at Gads Hill, Missouri.
1874 Jun 22, Dr. Andrew T. Sill
of Macon, Missouri, founded osteopathy.
1875 Jul 7, Jesse James robbed
a train in Otterville, Missouri.
1875 Missouri passed a law that
banned concealed weapons to curb gunslinging. The law was upheld by
voters in 1999.
(WSJ, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1878 Jul 9, An improved corncob
pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe in Washington, Mo.
1878 Dec 9, Joseph Pulitzer
bought the St Louis Dispatch for $2,500.
1879 Jul 7, George Caleb
Bingham (b.1811), artist and legislator, died in Kansas City, Mo.
His paintings included “The Jolly Flatboatmen,” which became a
best-seller in 1846 after it was chosen by the American Art Union
for its annual engraving.
1882 Apr 3, Outlaw Jesse James
(34) was shot in the back and killed at his home in St. Joseph, Mo.,
by Robert Ford, a cousin and member of his own gang for a $5,000
reward. Jesse and Frank James, the bank robbing James brothers, were
born as Woodson and Alexander. In 1995 the body of Jesse James was
exhumed for DNA testing. The test proved that it was James, who was
killed in 1882. In 2000 Desmond Barry authored the novel "The
Chivalry of Crime" based on the story of Jesse James. In 2000 the
body of a man, J. Frank Dalton (d.1951), who claimed to be Jesse
James was exhumed for DNA analysis.
(AP, 4/3/97)(SFC,12/26/97, p.C22)(SFEC, 4/23/00,
BR p.5)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A4)(HNQ, 6/21/00)(HN, 4/3/02)
1882 Oct 5, Outlaw Frank James
surrendered in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's
1883-1889 The Bald Knobbers was a group of
non-racially motivated vigilantes in the southern part of the state
of Missouri, who were active during this period. They initially set
out to put an end to post Civil War marauding gangs.
1884 May 8, Harry S. Truman,
33rd President of the United States (1945-1953), was born near
Lamar, Mo. A history buff, President Harry Truman penned this
description of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, "Pierce was the
best looking President the White House ever had—but as President he
ranks with Buchanan and Calvin Coolidge." "If there is one basic
element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the
military." He decided to drop the bomb that ended World War II and
sent troops to Korea to halt communist aggression.
(AP, 5/8/97)(AP, 1/17/99)(HN, 5/8/99)
1884 Jun, The steamboat Montana
(b.1879) tried to pass under a railroad bridge between the Missouri
towns St. Charles and Bridgeton, just a few miles from where the
river connects with the Mississippi. The boat struck the bridge and
took on water before running aground on the St. Louis County side of
the river. No one was hurt, but the Montana split in half.
1884 The First Congregational
Church was built in St. Louis, Mo. In 1992 it re-opened as the
(WSJ, 8/30/06, p.D8)
1887 Nov 15, Marianne Moore,
poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), was born in St. Louis.
1888 Nov 24, Dale Carnegie
(d.1955), public speaker, was born in Missouri. He authored "How to
Win Friends and Influence People" (1937).
1889 Apr 15, Thomas Hart Benton
(d.1975), painter, muralist, was born in Missouri.
1889 Kansas, named after the
river, changing its name to Kansas City.
1889 Chris L. Rutt, a
newspaperman in St. Joseph, Missouri, began working on creating a
self-rising pancake mix. Within a year, he and two associates
developed the first pancake mix ever made. While seeking a name and
package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, Rutt
saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included
Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern
mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated
them both to market his new pancake mix.
1891 Nov 28, The National
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (now IBEW) was founded in St.
Louis, home of Local 1.
(DT internet 11/28/97)
1892 Jul 4, The Omaha Platform
was adopted at the formative convention of the Populist (or
People's) Party held in Omaha, Nebraska. The People's party, more
commonly known as the Populist party, was organized in St. Louis to
represent the common folk, especially farmers, against the
entrenched interests of railroads, bankers, processors,
corporations, and the politicians in league with such interests. At
its first national convention in Omaha in July 1892, the party
nominated James K. Weaver for president and ratified the so-called
Omaha Platform, drafted by Ignatius Donnelly of Minnesota.
1896 May 27, 255 people were
killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis,
1898 The US Post Office
featured a stamp with the image of Eads Bridge in Missouri.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A19)
1899 Jun 16, Helen Traubel,
soprano (Met Opera Walkure/Isolde), nightclubs, was born in St
1901 After the 1901 baseball
season the Milwaukee Brewers were moved to St. Louis, Mo.
(ON, 6/09, p.11)
1901 The Monsanto Chemical
Works was founded in St. Louis, Mo., by John F. Queeny (1859–1933),
a purchasing agent for a wholesale drug company, to manufacture the
synthetic sweetener saccharin, then produced only in Germany.
1903 Jun 21, Al[bert]
Hirschfield, cartoonist (NINA, NY Times), was born in St Louis, Mo.
1904 Apr 30, At 1:06 p.m.
President Theodore Roosevelt officially opened the St. Louis World’s
Fair commemorating the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase.
Although the Fair was originally scheduled to open in 1903, the
opening was delayed for a year while the elaborate fairgrounds were
completed. Visitors were awed by 142 miles of exhibits shown in
palatial buildings like Festival Hall the centerpiece of the fair
boasting an auditorium seating 3,500 and the largest pipe organ in
the world. Other wonders seen at the St. Louis World’s Fair were the
Liberty Bell, ice cream cones. Food vendors, Arnold Fornachou (ice
cream) and Ernest Hamwi (sweet, rolled wafers), collaborated for the
ice cream cones. In 1903 Italo Marconi received a patent for pastry
cornets to hold ice cream. Charles Menches sold ice cream at the
fair and an anonymous Syrian sold the zalabia pastry in the next
(HN, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)(SFC, 6/24/00,
1904 Apr 30, The St. Louis
World’s Fair popularized the all-American hamburger. The fair lasted
7 months and inspired the phrase "Meet Me in St. Louis." Cass
Gilbert designed the art museum in Foret park, the only building
left over from the fair. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition the
temperatures in St. Louis soared and hot-tea vendor Richard
Blechynden began pouring his tea over ice thus the invention of
iced-tea. The fair popularized sausage in a bun, the hot dog with
prepared mustard and the ice cream cone.
(SFC, 8/18/96, Z1 p.2)(SFEC, 11/17/96, Par
p.19)(SFC, 10/12/97, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/19/98, Z1 p.8)(SSFC, 10/5/03,
1904 Although invented in Waco,
Texas in the 1880s, Dr Pepper first received national exposure at
the St. Louis World‘s Fair.
1904 May 14, The first Olympic
games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis. Fewer
than a 1,000 athletes competed from 13 countries. The US won 80 of
100 gold medals. At the Olympics the game of golf was played for the
last time due to lack of general appeal. The 3rd modern Olympics
were held at the St. Louis World’s Fair. 1,505 contestants from 7
(SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)(AP, 5/14/97)(WSJ,
7/23/96, p.A6)(PCh, 1992, p.658)
1904 Jul 23, By some accounts,
the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the
Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. [see Sep 22, 1903]
1904 Oct 28, The St. Louis,
Missouri, police tried a new investigation method--fingerprints.
1904 Dec 1, The Louisiana
Purchase Exposition in St. Louis closed after seven months and some
20 million visitors.
1905 Mar 28, Marlin Perkins, TV
host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), was born in Carthage, Mo.
1905 Jul 17, Edgar Snow,
American author and journalist, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1906 Apr 15, A mob in
Springfield, Mo., took 3 black men from a county jail, lynched them
and burned their bodies. 2 of the men were being held under
suspicion of murder and the 3rd was accused of assaulting a white
domestic. Gov. Folk ordered out state militia to patrol the streets.
(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.A13)
1906 Jun 3, Josephine Baker,
dancer, singer, Parisian nightclub owner, was born to an Indian and
African mother and a Creole father in St. Louis. She was a talented
singer and dancer who got her show business start with the Dixie
Steppers vaudeville troupe and was the first black, female American
entertainer to achieve international stardom. She left home at 13 to
tour on the southern vaudeville circuit, later appeared on Broadway
and was noted in New York as a comedienne. Frustrated by the racism
she encountered in her homeland, Baker moved to France in 1925 and
joined the Folies Bergere. Her sensuous performances with La Revue
Negre earned her rave reviews and admiring fans. She returned to
America in 1935 after 10 years in France only to find that racial
barriers still prevented her from attaining the same status she
enjoyed in Europe. She appeared in New York's Ziegfeld Follies but,
when she did not achieve any success there she returned to France,
became a citizen, and married a Frenchman. During World War II,
Baker became active in undercover work for the French Resistance
movement. She later adopted twelve orphans from around the world,
calling them her "Rainbow Tribe." Josephine Baker died in France in
1975 and was buried in Paris with full military honors.
(HNQ, 6/3/98)(HN, 6/3/98)(HNQ, 12/28/98)
1906 Aug 5, John Houston, film
director of such movies as "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and
"The Maltese Falcon," was born in Nevada, Mo.
(HN, 8/5/98)(MC, 8/5/02)
c1906 The College of the Ozarks
(WSJ, 5/19/99, p.B6)
1906 In St. Louis Annie Turnbo
(b.1869) registered the "Poro" tradename to cover her Wonderful Hair
Grower product. Poro was a Mende (a West African) term for a
(SFEM, 8/23/98, p.30)
1907 The St. Louis "New"
Cathedral on Lindell Blvd. was begun. It was not finished until the
1990s and grew to possess the largest collection of mosaic art in
(SFC, 5/12/97, p.T5)
1908 Jul 12, The Missouri
Gazette began publishing under Joseph Charless.
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.M5)
1909 Black author Chester Himes
(d.1984) was born in Jefferson City. He was best known for his crime
novels and settled in Paris in 1954. In 2001 James Sallis authored
"Chester Himes: A Life."
(SFEC, 3/1/98, BR p.7)(SSFC, 2/25/01, BR
p.1)(WSJ, 4/6/01, p.W9)
1910 Jul 13, Meyer Friedman
(d.2001 at 90) was born in Kansas City. In 1939 he founded the
Harold Brunn Institute for Cardiovascular Research at Mt. Zion
Hospital in SF. He and Dr. Ray H. Rosenman coined the term "Type A"
to describe personalities with high-stress lifestyles.
(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A26)
1910 Joyce Clyde Hall (b.1891)
of Nebraska and his brother began selling greeting cards In Kansas
City, Mo. This was the beginning of Hallmark Cards.
1910 Tennessee passed a
Prohibition law that gave distillers one year to dismantle their
operations. George Dickel's operations moved to Kentucky and Jack
Daniel's to Missouri and Alabama.
(SFC, 2/04/04, p.D2)
1910 The Kansas City Livestock
Exchange was built in Kansas City, Mo., at the time was the largest
building in the world devoted solely to livestock.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.38)
1911 Mar 3, The 1st US federal
cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opened at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
1911 May 18, Joseph Vernon "Big
Joe" Turner, blues singer, was born in Kansas City, Mo.
1911 May 27, Vincent Price,
actor, was born in St. Louis, Mo. He became best known for his role
in movies of Edgar Allen Poe horror stories.
(SMTS, 10/1/86, p.4)
1912 Mar 1, Albert Berry
completed the first in-flight parachute jump, from a Benoist plane
over Kinlock Field in St. Louis.
1912 Jun 18, Glen Morris,
Olympic champion, actor (Tarzan), was born in Missouri.
1913 May 14, Walter Johnson
(1887-1946), Washington Senators baseball ace, ended his
record-breaking streak of 56 scoreless innings against the St. Louis
Browns. Johnson’s scoreless inning streak began on April 10, 1913,
and lasted 55 and 2/3 innings pitched. He threw six shutouts in a
row before finally being scored on by the Browns. The Big Trains
streak of 55 2/3 scoreless innings surpassed the Philadelphia
Athletics' Jack Coombs record of 53 scoreless innings achieved in
1910. It would take 55 years before Johnson's streak was broken by
the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Drysdale.
1914 Union Station in Kansas
City, Mo., opened.
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G6)
1916 Sep 21, Ewing Marion
Kauffman (d.1993) was born in Garden City, Missouri. In 1950 he
formed Marion Laboratories and sold the company to Merrell Dow in
1989. He founded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 1966 to
foster education and entrepreneurship.
1917 Jan 5, Jane Wyman
(d.2007), film star, was born as Sarah Jane Mayfield Fulks in St.
(SFC, 9/11/07, p.A2)
1919 Jan 16, Nebraska, Wyoming
and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify
Prohibition, which went into effect a year later. Prohibition became
law in the US with the passage of the Volstead Act on Oct 28, which
enforced and defined the 18th Amendment. It was passed over
President Wilson's veto with the necessary two-thirds majority of
(WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A14)(AP, 1/16/98)
1919 Jun 28, Harry S. Truman
married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence, Mo.
1920 Feb 13-1920 Feb 14, Andrew
“Rube” Foster (1879-1930) formed the 1st black baseball league, the
Negro National League, at a meeting at the Colored YMCA, Kansas
1922 The country Club Plaza of
Kansas City, Mo., opened as an elite alternative to downtown
shopping and was the 1st retailing concept to rely upon shoppers
arriving by car. The major shopping mall movement in the US began in
1956 with the Edina, Minn., mall.
(WSJ, 1/30/04, p.W9)
1923 Nov 8, Jack S. Kilby
(d.2005) was born in Jefferson City, Mo. In 2000 he received the
Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the microchip (1958).
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.A2)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A5)
1923 Walt Disney began
producing his “Alice” comedies and continued with the series to
1927. Virginia Davis (1919-2009), hired at age four, appeared in 13
of the “Alice” films. These included “Alice’s Day at Sea,” “Alice
the Peacemaker,” and “Alice’s Wild West Show.” Disney and his
Laugh-O-Gram company were based in Kansas City, Ms., when the series
(SFC, 8/19/09, p.D5)
1924 Feb 17, Margaret Truman,
pres. daughter, writer (Murder at FBI), singer, was born in Mo.
1924 Mar 6, Sarah Caldwell,
conductor, opera director (Flagstaff), was born in Maryville, Mo.
1924 Oct 20, Baseball’s first
"colored World Series" was held in Kansas City, Mo.
1925 Mar 18, The great
Tri-State Tornado killed 695 people in Illinois, Indiana and
Missouri and injured some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in
property damage. Several other destructive tornadoes in Tennessee,
Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as tornadoes in Alabama and Kansas
brought the total to at least 747 dead.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado)(SSFC, 5/11/03, Par
1925 Dec 13, Dick Van Dyke,
actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show), was born in West Plains, Mo.
1926 Nov 11, Pres. Calvin
Coolidge dedicated the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., in
honor of those who died in WW I.
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G6)(http://tinyurl.com/wz55k)
1926 The President Hotel opened
in downtown Kansas City, Mo. It was the first hotel in the city that
could make its own ice. It re-opened in 2006 after being closed for
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G6)
1926 A collection of US roads
from Chicago to Los Angeles were improved and formed what would be
designated as US 66. It was later replaced by 3 interstates, I-55 in
Illinois, I-44 in Missouri and Oklahoma, and I-40 to LA. Route 66
was decertified in 1985. In 2006 Arthur Krim authored “Route 66:
Iconography of the American Highway.”
(WSJ, 6/17/06, p.P8)
1927 May 10, US aviator Charles
Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) picked up his plane, “The Spirit of
St. Louis,” in San Diego and flew it to St. Louis. The next day he
continued to New York using railroad maps that he picked up in a
drugstore for 50 cents each. The plane was powered by an air-cooled
Whirlwind engine built by Ryan Aeronautical Company. Charles Fayette
Taylor (1895-1996) worked on the engine design team. Taylor later
authored "The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice."
(WUD, 1994, p.832)(SFC, 6/23/96, Z1 p.2)(SFC,
6/30/96, p.B6)(ON, 2/08, p.2)
1928 Jun 14, The Republican
National Convention in Kansas City nominated Herbert Hoover for
president on the first ballot. George Barr Baker was Hoover's
confidential advisor during the campaign.
(AP, 6/14/98)(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A18)
1928 Jun 15, Republicans,
convening in Kansas City, named Herbert Hoover their candidate for
1929 Nov 15, Edward Asner,
actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), was born in Kansas City,
1930 Mar 2, Harry Kuchins made
the first indoor glider flight inside the St. Louis, Mo, Terminal
(HC, Internet, 2/3/98)
1930 Mar 24, Steve McQueen,
actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt), was born in Slater,
1932 Union Pacific constructed
the Katy Bridge over the Missouri River in Boonville, Mo.
(WSJ, 5/16/05, p.A1)
1934 In Kansas City political
elections 4 people died under the infamously corrupt political
machine of Tom Pendergast.
(SFC, 12/2/96, p.A10)
1936 Jan 2, The 1st electron
tube to enable night vision was described in St Louis, Mo.
1937 Jan 4, Grace Bumbry,
soprano (Venus, in "Tannhauser"), was born in St. Louis.
1937 Mar 18, In Missouri Jim
the Wonder Dog died at age 12 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The dog had
uncanny abilities that were verified but never explained. On May 1,
1999, a "Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden" was dedicated.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A3)
1937 Tennessee Williams wrote
his play "Fugitive Kind" for the Mummers company in St. Louis.
(SFC, 1/16/03, p.E3)
1939 Tom Pendergast, boss of
Kansas City’s political machine, went to prison for failing to
report a large part of $620,000 in bribe and business income.
(SFC, 12/2/96, p.A10)
1940 A group of 14 bronze
sculptures by Swedish sculptor Carl Miles were installed to
celebrate the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
(SFC, 5/12/97, p.T5)
1940 The Winstead’s restaurant
opened and established a reputation for the world’s best hamburgers.
They were commonly served with a chocolate frostie.
(WSJ, 4/15/98, p.A20)
1942 Apr 3, Marsha Mason,
actress (Blume in Love, Cinderella Liberty), was born in St Louis,
1942 May 9, John Ashcroft,
later Missouri governor (1984-1992) senator (1995-2000) and US
Attorney Gen’l (2001-2004), was born in Chicago, Ill.
(USAT, 11/5/04, p.4A)
1942 Rudolph H. Hartman, an
investigator for the Treasury Dept., wrote a report titled "The
Kansas City Investigation: Pendergast's Downfall, 1938-1939" as a
report to his superiors, Elmer Irey and Treasury Sec. Henry
Morgenthau. In 1999 Robert H. Ferrell published an edition of the
(WSJ, 7/19/99, p.A13)
1943 Jul 28, Bill Bradley, U.S.
senator, professional basketball player, was born in Crystal City,
1946 Jun 17, SW Bell
inaugurated mobile telephone commercial service in St Louis.
1946 Crown Cork & Seal Co.
introduced the 1st seamless, lined and lithographed aerosol
canister, the Spra-tainer. Aaron Lapin (d.1999 at 85) of Clayton
Corp. used the canister to hold his whipping cream and named the
product Reddi-wip, which he sold through milk men in St. Louis.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A25)
1947 Jun 22, Holt, Missouri,
experienced a world-record rainstorm when 304.8 mm (1 ft) of rain
fell in 42 minutes. June 1947 had been the wettest month of record
since record-keeping began in 1888 in northern Missouri. Holt is
located in both Clay and Clinton Counties, Missouri and had a
population of 405 in 2000.
1947 Oct 24, Kevin Kline, actor
(Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), was born in St. Louis.
1951 Jul 14, The George
Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri became the
first national park honoring an African American.
1951 Aug 11, The Mississippi
River flooded some 100,000 acres in Ks, Okla, Mo and Ill.
1952 Jul 2, Linda M. Godwin,
PhD, astronaut (STS 37), was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
1954 GM transferred production
of the Corvette to St. Louis and 3,000 were produced in this year.
(WSJ, 7/12/02, p.W12)
1955 Nov 1, Dale Carnegie
(b.1888), author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
(1937), died of Hodgkin’s disease. In 2006 he was inducted into the
Hall of Famous Missourians in Jefferson City, Missouri; joining the
likes of Harry S Truman and Walt Disney.
1955 In north St. Louis,
Missouri, the US Army intentionally spewed hundreds of pounds of
zinc cadmium sulfide into the air as part of a biological weapons
program. The secret testing was exposed to Congress in 1994,
prompting a demand for a health study. A committee of the National
Research Council determined in 1997 that the testing did not expose
residents to harmful levels of the chemical.
1955 Richard (d.2004) and Henry
Bloch formed the H&R Block company in Kansas City, Mo. It grew
to become the world’s largest tax preparing firm.
(SFC, 7/22/04, p.B8)(LSA, Spring/06, p.64)
1956 Jul 2, Julie Montgomery,
actress (Samantha-1, Life to Live, Kindred), was born in KC, Mo.
1959 Live music began in
Branson, Missouri, about this time with the Baldknobbers Hillbilly
Jamboree, named for the local 19th century masked vigilantes.
(Econ, 10/29/11, p.78)
1960 Mar 13, NFL's Chicago
Cardinals moved to St Louis.
1963 Nov 21, Robert Stroud,
"bird man of Alcatraz", died at the federal prison in Springfield,
Mo. His canary studies were done at Leavenworth, Kansas, and
included the book "Stroud’s Digest of Diseases of Birds." He also
worked on a critical history of the US prison system (Looking
(AHHT, 10/02, p.22)(SSFC, 9/22/02,
1964 May 25, Ground was broken
for a new stadium in St Louis.
1964 Oct 15, St. Louis
Cardinals in their home park beat the New York Yankees in game 7 of
Baseball’s World Series (7-5). In 1994 David Halberstam authored
“October 1964,” an account centered on the series.
1965 Sep 25, 60 year old
Satchel Paige of the Kansas City A's pitched 3 scoreless innings.
1965 Oct 28, The Gateway Arch
(630' (190m) high), designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed in St
1966 Busch Stadium, the
ballpark to house the St. Louis Cardinals, was completed in St.
Louis, Mo. It was demolished and replaced in 2005.
1967 Jan 15, The first Super
Bowl was played as the Green Bay Packers of the National Football
League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football
League, 35-10 in Los Angeles. The matchup was officially called the
AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
(WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(AP, 1/15/98)
1967 Eero Saarinen's 630-foot
high, stainless steel Gateway Arch, opened in St. Louis, Mo.
1968 May 25, The Gateway Arch,
part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was
dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary
1969 Al Delugach (1925-2015)
shared a Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting. He and
Denny Walsh of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat had spent three years
investigating the Steamfitters union, Local 562, revealing a pattern
of labor racketeering that led to federal indictments for a kickback
scheme related to the sale of insurance to the union’s pension fund.
(SFC, 1/9/15, p.D5)
1972 Dec 26, The 33rd president
of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo. In
1995 Robert H. Ferrell published the biography "Harry S. Truman: A
Life." In 1999 Ferrell published "Truman and Pendergast."
(AP, 12/26/97)(WSJ, 7/19/99, p.A13)
1972 A Stetson Hat Factory
moved to St. Joseph, Mo. The handmade hats took 43 steps to produce.
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.A14)
1973 Jun 7, Pres. Nixon
nominated Clarence M. Kelley (1911-1997), chief of police in Kansas
City, to succeed J. Edgar Hoover as director of the FBI. Kelley
retired in 1978 when Pres. Carter selected William Webster to serve
as the director.
1973 Gene Taylor (d.1998 at 70)
was elected to the House of Representatives from southwest Missouri
and served 8 terms. He beat John Ashcroft, who was elected to the
Senate in 1994.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.C6)
1975 Jan 19, Thomas Hart Benton
(b.1889), US artist, died in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009 Henry
Adams authored “Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart
Benton and Jackson Pollock.
1975 Sep 20, The Kansas City
Lyric Opera premiered Jack Beeson’s "Captain Jinks of the Horse
Marines." It was commissioned to celebrate founder and director
Russell Patterson’s 40th and final year with the company.
1975 In Missouri Ernest Trova
(d.2009 at 82), artist, co-founded the Laumeier Sculpture Park with
a gift of over 40 large-scale artworks to St. Louis County.
(SFC, 3/12/09, p.B6)
1976 Aug 19, President Ford
narrowly won the Republican presidential nomination over Ronald
Reagan at the party's convention in Kansas City. The convention was
called to order by Mary Louis Smith, chair of the Republican
National Committee and the first woman to organize and call to order
the convention of a major US political party. In 2005 Craig Shirley
authored “Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That
Started It all.”
(AP, 8/19/97)(SFEC, 8/24/97, p.D8)(WSJ, 2/2/05,
1977 May 4, A large tornado
swept through Pleasant Hill, Mo., hitting the city’s high school and
grade school. Only minor injuries occurred due to superb tornado
warnings and drills.
(SFC, 5/4/09, p.D8)
1977 Aug 15, Police in Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, found Mary Parsh (58) and her daughter, Brenda
(27), lying nude side by side on a bed at home, their hands tied
behind their backs. Each had been shot in the head. In 2007 Timothy
Krajcir (63), a graduate from Southern Illinois with a degree in law
enforcement, confessed to their rape and murder and at least 4 more.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1982 killing of a
Southern Illinois University Carbondale student, Deborah Sheppard.
and, in addition, was charged with five counts of murder and three
counts of rape against women in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, area
from 1977 to 1982. In 2008, Krajcir pleaded guilty and was sentenced
to another 40 years in prison for the 1978 killing of Marion
resident Virginia Lee Witte.
1977 Oct 8, In Missouri Joseph
Paul Franklin (1950-2013), a white supremacist who targeted blacks
and Jews, killed Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting at the Richmond
Heights Brith Shalom synagogue.
1977-1993 In Missouri a serial killer committed at
least 12 murders during this period. In 2004 Kansas City police used
DNA technology to charge Lorenzo Gilyard with 12 murders.
(WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A1)
1978 Jan 28, Fire swept through
the historic downtown Coates House hotel in Kansas City, Mo.,
killing 20 people.
1977 Aug 15, Police in Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, found Mary Parsh (58) and her daughter, Brenda
(27), lying nude side by side on a bed at home, their hands tied
behind their backs. Each had been shot in the head. In 2007 Timothy
Krajcir (63), a graduate from Southern Illinois with a degree in law
enforcement, confessed to their rape and murder and at least 4 more.
1978 Sep 13, The US Navy's F-18
Hornet makes its public debut during rollout ceremonies in St.
1981 Jul 17, In Missouri 114
people were killed when a pair of walkways above the lobby of the
Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.
1981 Dec 11, In El Salvador
hundreds of people were killed over 3 days in the village of El
Mozote by an elite US-trained army battalion. In 1991 the office of
Maria Julia Hernandez (1939-2007) published the first investigation
into El Mozote. In 1992, under a UN sponsored Truth Commission, the
Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team found 143 skeletons, 131 of
which belonged to children under 12. The bullet cartridges showed
manufacture in Lake City, Mo. In Dec, 2012, the Inter-American Court
of Human Rights ruled that El Salvador should reopen its
investigation into the army’s killing of some 1000 civilians.
(SFC, 5/12/96, Z1p.4)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.97)(SFC,
1982 Oct 18, Former first lady
Bess Truman (97) died at her home in Independence, Mo.
1983 Mar 1, A tornado producing
F2 damage touched down in St. Louis, Mo. It later strengthened and
produced F3 damage in Illinois causing five million dollars in
1985 Aug 29, In Missouri the
St. Louis Union Station, purchased by a New York financier, reopened
as a Grand Hyatt hotel. The massive, Romanesque-style building,
designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest
and busiest railroad terminal in the world. In 1976, the Saint Louis
Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1987 Dec 6, In Missouri 3
Satanist teenagers bludgeoned Steven Newberry (19), a
learning-disabled youth, to death and blamed the incident on heavy
metal inspired Satanism.
1988 Mar 15, NFL owners
approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.
1988 Wal-Mart opened its 1st
supercenter in Washington, Mo.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.C1)
1988 Willie Lawrence (19), a
paraplegic, was murdered along with his grandparents. Darrel Mease
was convicted in the murder of Lawrence and was sentenced to death.
In 1999 the sentence was commuted.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A14)
1989 Feb 9, In Missouri Kelli
Hall (17) was abducted as she finished her shift at a gas station in
suburban St. Louis. Her naked body was found 13 days later on a St.
Louis County farm. Jeffrey Hall (59), who was convicted for her
murder and sentenced to death, was executed on March 26, 2014.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)
1989 Mar 22, Ann Harrison (15)
was abducted as she waited for a school bus in front of her home in
Raytown, Missouri. African-Americans Roderick Nunley and Michael
Taylor forced her into a stolen car, raped and stabbed her to death.
They left her body in the boot of the car. Taylor and Nunley were
convicted and sentenced to death. In 2006 their execution was
postponed pending a decision on whether lethal injection constitutes
cruel and unusual punishment. On Feb 26, 2014, Taylor was executed.
7/22/06, p.36)(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)
1989 May, Dr. Joe T. McTibben
arrived at the College of the Ozarks and offered an endowment to
Pres. Jerry C. Davis. McTibben had been impressed by a WSJ article
from 1973 that described the Univ. as "Hard Work U."
(WSJ, 5/19/99, p.B1)
1989 Jul 3, By a 5-4 decision,
the U.S. Supreme Court upheld abortion restrictions in the state of
1989 Sep 16, Debbye Turner of
Missouri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City,
1989 Dec 11, Dr. McTibben wrote
a letter stating that his estate would go to the College of the
Ozarks. McTibben died in California in May,1998, and left an estate
valued at about $12 million.
(WSJ, 5/19/99, p.B1,6)
1989 Seven hundred and fifty
archivists were charter members of the Academy of Certified
Archivists, founded at the Annual Meeting of SAA in St. Louis in
1989. Since then, the Academy has established itself as the
credentialing agency for determining archival status
1989 In Kansas City a firebomb
was thrown into a house and 6 people died.
1990 Apr 16, The US Supreme
Court let stand a ban on school dances in the Bible Belt town of
1990 Dec 14, A Right to Die
case permitted Nancy Cruzan of Missouri to have her feeding tube
removed. She died 12 days later.
1990 The Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum opened in Kansas City.
(SFEC, 4/12/98, p.T4)
1991 Jul 31, President Bush and
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed START I, the Strategic
Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow. The agreement included the
deactivation and removal by May, 1995, of 150 Minuteman II missiles
in Missouri. The treaty was set to expire in Dec, 2009.
(AP, 7/31/01)(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 12/1/07,
p.A8)(Econ, 3/14/09, p.64)
1991 The first Int'l. Rodeo for
utility and line mechanics was held in Kansas City. The event moved
to Bonner Springs in 1999.
(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.B1)
1992 Oct 11, President Bush,
Democrat Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot met for
the first of three debates, this one held at Washington University
in St. Louis.
1992 At least 11 deaths at
Truman Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Mo., were later thought
suspicious. In 2002 Richard A. Williams, a former nurse, was
arrested and charged with murder. Williams was released in 2003 due
to flawed evidence.
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A5)(SFC, 8/7/03, p.A3)
1993 Jan, Edward John Maher, a
British armored car driver, disappeared after driving off with $1.5
million. He was arrested on Feb 8, 2012, in the small town of Ozark,
Missouri. On May 11 he agreed to be deported to Britain.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A8)(AFP, 5/12/12)
1993 Jun 5, Country star Conway
Twitty (born as Harold Lloyd Jenkins) died in Springfield, Mo., at
age 59. He was entombed in Gallatin, Tenn.
(AP, 6/5/98)(SSFC, 12/15/02, Par p.2)
1993 Jul 16, The surging
Mississippi River charged through a levee at West Quincy, Mo.,
closing the Bayview Bridge, the only bridge across the river to
Illinois for more than 200 miles.
1993 Jul 17, President Clinton,
with several Cabinet members in tow, traveled to Arnold, Mo., where
he heard the governors of eight flood-stricken states appeal for
more financial assistance; however, he held out little hope the
government could offer a total bailout.
1993 Aug 1, The city of St.
Louis found itself besieged by the Mississippi and Missouri rivers,
which had swelled to record levels after months of flooding in nine
1993 Sep 8, Christopher Simmons
(17), a Missouri high school student, kidnapped, bound and killed
Shirley Crooks by throwing her into a river from a railroad trestle.
He was arrested the next day, confessed and 9 months later was
sentenced to death. In 2003 the Missouri supreme Court changed the
sentence to life in prison due to Simmons’ age. In 2005 the Supreme
Court ruled against the execution of minors.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.B3)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.31)
1993 Ewing Marion Kauffman
(b.1926) founder of Marion Laboratories (1950) and the Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation (1966), died.
1994 May, Missouri legalized
riverboat gambling. Riverboat gambling soon began at Riverside, Mo.
(Econ, 4/8/06, p.67)(WSJ, 2/24/04, p.A1)
1994 A Missouri law capped
contributions in state elections to $1,075. The law was overturned
by a federal appeals court and went to the Supreme Court in 1999.
(WSJ, 10/6/99, p.A1)
1994 Dr. William Howell Masters
and Virginia Johnson Masters closed their sex research institute in
St. Louis. The couple had divorced in 1992 after 35 years together.
(SFEC,11/30/97, Par p.2)
1995 Jul 5, More than 100
Grateful Dead fans were injured when a deck on which they were
gathered collapsed at a campground near Wentzville, Missouri.
1995 Jun 21, Larry Griffin was
executed in Missouri for the murder of Quintin Moss (19). Griffin
asserted his innocence until he died. In 2005 the case was
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.31)
1996 Oct 31, A grand jury
indicted a number of corrupt officials in Kansas City, Missouri. As
members of the Port Authority charged with assigning licenses to
riverboat gambling establishments, they accepted a $250,000 bribe in
1993 from Hilton Hotels Corp. Named in the indictments were Michelle
Lathan, Elbert Anderson (chmn. of the Port Authority), James Ramsey,
and a family friend of Anderson's, Charles Maurice Herron.
1996 Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a
bill that banned same-sex marriages. It was invalidated when a court
ruled that the bill dealt with too many unrelated subjects.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.)
1997 Sep 5, The new Kansas City
Jazz Museum opened next to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
(WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A20)
1997 Nov 15, Washington
University in Missouri announced that the Danforth Foundation,
headed by former Sen. John Danforth, had pledged a gift of $100
million to be delivered over 5 years.
1997 Dec 5, In Kansas City a
house fire killed 7 relatives who had gathered for a birthday party.
Sa smoke detector had its batteries removed.
1997 Dec 15, In Missouri the
nation’s last workable Minuteman II missile silo was destroyed in
Dederick. It was the last of 150 in Missouri aimed at the Soviet
Union. The missiles were deactivated and the silos destroyed due to
the 1995 signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
1997 Feb 5, Susan Brouk (36)
and her two children, aged 12 and 9, were found dead in a farm pond
in Vichy. Two teenagers, Mark Anthony Christenson (18) and Jesse
Carter (17), charged in the slaying were arrested in Blythe,
California, on Feb 9.
(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A3)
1997 The St. Louis City Museum
was established by Bob and Gail Cassilly in the old Int’l. Shoe
(WSJ, 4/25/00, p.A24)
1998 Sep 7, In baseball the
Cardinal’s Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run at Busch Stadium in
St. Louis against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning. This tied
the 1961 record held by Roger Maris.
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 8, Mark McGwire his
62nd home run in St. Louis and broke the 1961 record set by Roger
(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 15, Mark McGuire hit
his 63rd home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
(WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 10, In St. Joseph,
Mo., police officer Bradley Thomas Arn (27) was killed and 3 others
were wounded by a gunman who was then killed by other officers. The
gunman was later identified as William Lattin Jr. (33) of St.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A3)(SFC, 11/12/98, p.C3)
1999 Jan 26, Pope John Paul II
arrived in St. Louis. He was greeted by Pres. Clinton at Lambert
Int'l. Airport and called on the president to protect unborn
children and end armed conflict abroad. He was later scheduled to
bless the 33-foot steel statue of the Virgin Mary commissioned by
Carl Demma and made by Charles Parks.
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A15)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 27, Over 100,000
people gathered at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis to see Pope
John Paul II.
(SFC, 1/28/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 28, Missouri Governor
Mel Carnahan commuted the death sentence of Darrel Mease (52) to
life without parole following the Pope's visit.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 5, In Kansas City,
Mo., 5 decomposing bodies were found in the home of Gary Beach (56)
and his stepson. Beach was arrested the next day. The 5 dead
included his stepson and were thought to have been dead from 2-7
(SFC, 4/6/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A2)
1999 May 23, Owen Hart (33), a
professional wrestler also known as "The Blue Blazer," was killed
when he fell 50  feet while being lowered into the ring at a
World Wrestling Federation show in Kansas City. The fall was revised
to 90 feet in front of 16,200 fans at the Kemper Arena.
(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A6)(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A3)(AP,
1999 Jul 12, In St. Louis
several hundred workers and activists of MO-KAN blocked I-70 to
demand that more minorities be hired for state construction jobs.
(SFC, 7/13/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 2, It was reported
that the national death toll from the recent US-East heat wave hit
185 with 80 dead in Illinois and 44 in Missouri.
(SFC, 8/2/99, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/2/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 16, Missouri passed a
late-term abortion law with an override over Gov. Mel Carnahan's
veto. A Federal judge put the law on hold the next day.
(SFC, 9/18/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 20, Negusse Zeleke of
Ethiopia, a shuttle bus driver at Kansas City Int'l. Airport, shot
and killed driver Michael Scott, wounded dispatcher Traci Riehle and
then shot and killed himself. He left a letter that complained about
racist treatment by "blood sucker" white people.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A5)
2000 Jan 24, The US Supreme
Court upheld a Missouri law that limited contributions to candidates
for statewide office.
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 30, In Atlanta the St.
Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
(SFC, 1/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 22, In Missouri Jake
Robel (6) of Blue Springs was caught in a seat belt and dragged to
death when Kim L. Davis (34) stole his mothers car.
(SFC, 2/24/00, p.A7)
2000 Jun 2, In Olathe, Kansas,
John Edward Robinson was arrested on sexual assault charges. 2
female bodies were found on his property in La Cygne, Kansas, the
next day and 3 more 2 days later in 55-gallon drums in a storage
locker in Missouri. 3 of the women were identified as Beverly Bonner
(49), who disappeared in 1994, Suzette Marie Trouten (28), and
Izabela Lewicka (22). Another 6 missing women were linked to
Robinson. In July Robinson was charged in connection with the death
of Lisa Stasi, who disappeared in 1985. In 2003 Robinson pleaded
guilty to another 5 murders in Missouri.
(SFC, 6/7/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A9)(SFC,
7/29/00, p.A7)(ST, 10/17/03, p.A7)
2000 Jun 12, Earl Murray, a
drug dealer, and his friend Ronald Beasley were killed by police
during an attempted drug arrest. The two men were unarmed and police
fired 20 bullets into their car.
(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Oct 16, Missouri Gov. Mel
Carnahan, his son, Roger Carnahan, and chief of staff Chris Sifford
were killed in a plane crash near St. Louis. Roger Carnahan piloted
the twin-engine Cessna in stormy weather.
(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 7, Missouri’s late
Gov. Mel Carnahan won the Senate election over Rep. John Ashcroft.
Carnahan’s widow Jean had already agreed to assume the seat if her
(SFC, 11/9/00, p.A11)
2000 Missouri adopted a
shoot-on-sight policy for feral hogs with no restrictions on time or
(Econ, 12/6/08, p.42)
2001 Feb 1, John Ashcroft won
confirmation as attorney general on a 58-42 Senate vote, completing
President George W. Bush's Cabinet over strong Democratic
2001 Mar 6, In St. Louis a dog
pack mauled to death Rodney McAllister (10).
(SFC, 3/9/01, p.A2)
2001 Apr 2, The town of Edgar
Springs was named the population center of the US. It marked the
point where the US would balance if its 281 million population were
equally distributed. The actual center was 3 miles east of town.
(SFC, 4/3/01, p.A2)
2001 Apr 12, Tornadoes killed
at least 4 people in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.
(WSJ, 4/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 28, A young girl’s
decapitated body was found near an intersection in Kansas City, Mo.
In 2005 “Precious Doe” was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green.
Her mother and stepfather were charged with murder. In 2009 a park
was dedicated in her honor.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.A7)(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.A7)
2001 Jul 2, Missouri Gov. Bob
Holden, Democrat, signed legislation to ban the execution of
mentally retarded inmates. This was the 16th state to do so.
(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A4)
2001 Jul 13, Gov. Bob Holden
signed into law a bill that restored Missouri’s ban on same-sex
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.C1)
2001 Jul 13, A private plane
crashed into a home in Carterville and all 6 people aboard were
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 15, Robert R.
Courtney, a wealthy Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist accused of diluting
chemotherapy drugs surrendered to the FBI. He was later sentenced to
30 years in prison.
2001 Nov 1, Anthrax spores were
found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas
City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th
postal facility in Florida.
(WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 5, The FBI arrested
escaped fugitive Clayton Lee Waagner in St. Louis. Waagner was
suspected of mailing as many as 550 anthrax hoax letters to abortion
clinics. He was also wanted for bank robbery and other offenses.
(SFC, 12/6/01, p.A13)(WSJ, 12/6/01, p.A1)
2002 Jan 24, In Bethpage,
Missouri, a mobile home fire killed 7 people.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 26, Pharmacist Robert
R. Courtney pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Mo., to watering down
chemotherapy drugs. Courtney was later sentenced to 30 years in
2002 Apr 28, Storms hit the
Ohio and Tennessee valleys with tornadoes in Missouri and Maryland.
At least 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 May 17, Midwest flooding
left as many as 9 people dead over the last 2 weeks. Missouri Gov.
Bob Holden asked Pres. Bush to declare 37 counties as disaster
areas. Illinois and Indiana were also hard hit.
(SFC, 5/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 10, In Missouri Lloyd
Robert Jeffress (71) of Kearney killed 2 monks at the Conception
Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and seminary. Jeffress wounded 2
others and killed himself in the chapel.
(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 6/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 26, In St. Louis, Mo.,
Casandra Williamson (6) was reported missing. Her body was found
later in the day and Johnny Johnson (24), a local transient, was
(SFC, 7/27/02, p.A3)
2002 Aug 21, Weldon Spring,
Missouri, was reported open to the public as tourist attraction. The
radioactive site opened after a $1 billion, 16-year cleanup.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A2)
2002 Dec 5, In Kansas City, Mo.
a pharmacist who had diluted chemotherapy drugs given to thousands
of cancer patients was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2002 Dec 18, At least 4
tornadoes hit Arkansas and Missouri and killed 3 people with 30
(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A4)
2002 Carl Schramm took over as
head of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City,
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.72)
2003 May 5, Tornadoes across
Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee left at least 40 people dead.
(SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)
2003 Jul 1, In Missouri an
employee shot and killed three co-workers and wounded four others at
the Modine Manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Jefferson City,
then drove into town and killed himself in a confrontation with
2003 Branson, Mo., was ranked
as a "hot, emerging" destination for travelers. It billed itself as
the "Live Music Capital of the World.
(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.C12)
2004 Mar 15, Missouri jurors
agreed that vapors from butter flavoring at the microwave popcorn
factory had permanently ruined the lungs of Eric Peoples. The
verdict was against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and
its subsidiary Bush Boake Allen Inc. The flavoring manufacturers
were ordered to pay $18 million to Peoples and $2 million to his
2004 Apr 12, Miss Missouri,
Shandi Finnessey, a 25-year-old graduate student who has published a
children's book, was crowned Miss USA at the 52nd annual pageant.
2004 Jun 4, Pres. Bush
nominated John Danforth, former Republican senator from Missouri, to
be US ambassador to the UN.
(SFC, 6/5/04, A3)
2004 Jul 21, Richard Block
(78), co-founder of H&R Block (1955), died in Kansas City.
(SFC, 7/22/04, p.B8)
2004 Aug 3, Missouri
voters solidly endorsed a state constitutional amendment banning gay
marriage. The Democratic primary endorsed Auditor Claire McCaskill
(51) over Gov. Bob Holden.
(AP, 8/4/03)(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)
2004 Oct 8, In St. Louis,
Missouri, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry debated for a 2nd time.
(AP, 10/9/04)(SFC, 10/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 19, Thirteen people
were killed when a Corporate Airlines commuter turboprop crashed
near Kirksville, Missouri. 2 survived with only broken bones.
2004 Oct 21, The St. Louis
Cardinals won the National League pennant with a 7th game win over
the Houston Astros.
(SFC, 10/22/04, p.D1)
2004 Nov 1, Andre Hicks, better
known as rapper Mac Dre of Vallejo, Ca., was shot and killed in a
freeway shooting in Kansas City, Mo.
(SFC, 11/2/04, p.B1)
2004 Nov 2, Mat Blunt (R) was
elected governor of Missouri.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)
2004 Dec 16, Bobbie Jo Stinnet
(23) was found strangled to death in Maryville, Mo., with her baby
girl cut from her womb. Police within days arrested Lisa M.
Montgomery (36) of Melvern, Kansas. The baby was rescued alive.
Montgomery faced trial for allegedly strangling Stinnett, performing
a crude Caesarean section on her and parading the infant around as
her own. Montgomery was convicted in Oct, 2007, and sentenced to
death in April, 2008.
(SFC, 12/22/04, p.A3)(AP, 12/16/05)(SFC, 4/5/08,
2005 Apr 13, It was reported
that Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes wanted developers to add thousands
of more downtown rental units and condos, mainly by converting old
office buildings. Some 1,400 new apartments had already been added
(WSJ, 4/13/05, p.B4)
2005 Apr 13, Johnie Johnson
(b.1924), pianist who worked with Chuck Berry, died in St. Louis.
Johnson had initially hired Berry as a replacement in his
(SFC, 4/16/05, p.B4)
2005 May 5, "Precious Doe," a
slain girl mourned but unknown for four years in Kansas City, Mo.,
was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green; her mother and
stepfather were charged with murder.
2005 May 23, Kansas City rapper
Anthony Watkins (24), aka Fat Tone) was found shot dead in the
Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas.
(SFC, 5/26/05, p.B5)
2005 Jun 1, Missouri opened its
1st season of legal hand-fishing following fierce lobbying efforts
by Noodlers Anonymous, a local support group for catching catfish by
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.37)
2005 Jun, The BATS (Better
Alternative Trading System), led by Dave Cummings, was incorporated.
Within 2 years the Kansas City operation became America’s 3rd
2005 Nov 4, The St. Louis
Cardinals announced demolition plans for Busch Stadium, the ballpark
that has housed the team since 1966. A 10,000-pound wrecking ball
will be used to knock down the southern half of the ballpark over a
2005 Dec 15, In Missouri a
breach in a 50-acre reservoir on top of Profit Mountain released a
billion-gallon torrent that swept away at least 2 homes and several
vehicles. 3 children were critically injured. The reservoir was part
of a hydroelectric plant run by AmerenUE.
(SFC, 12/15/05, p.A3)
2005 Francis Slay, Democratic
mayor of St. Louis, was expected to be re-elected.
(Econ, 3/12/05, p.34)
2006 Mar 12-2006 Mar 13, Swarms
of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of
Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and
Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that the
mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2006 Apr 2, Thunderstorms
packing tornadoes and hail as big as softballs ripped through eight
US states, killing at least 27 people. Tennessee was hit hardest,
with tornadoes striking five western counties and killing 23 people,
including an infant. Severe thunderstorms, many producing tornadoes,
also struck parts of Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio,
Illinois and Indiana. Strong wind was blamed or at least three
deaths in Missouri.
2006 May 14, Marsha Spicer (41)
was raped and murdered in Lafayette County, Missouri. On July 31,
2008, Richard D. Davis (44) was found guilty of murder in her
videotaped sexual torture and slaying. In June 2008 Davis was
convicted in the kidnapping and rape of Michelle Huff-Ricci (36),
whose body was found in June, 2006. On Oct 10 Davis was sentenced to
8/1/08, p.A4)(AP, 10/10/08)
2006 Jul 6, The Amalgamated
Santas gathered in Branson, Missouri, for their first annual
convention. In 2007 the group started to splinter following internal
(WSJ, 7/10/08, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/5mw4kv)
2006 Jul 24, Power companies
worked to restore electricity to thousands of customers throughout
California as a scorching heat wave threatened to push the state
into a power emergency with the potential for more blackouts. Storm
problems cut power to areas of New York and Missouri.
(AP, 7/24/06)(WSJ, 7/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 18, In western
Missouri bone fragments from at least two people were found on a
three-acre wooded property northeast of Drexel. Michael Lee Shaver
Jr. (33) was arrested the next day and charged with murder for a
killing in 2001. Shaver claimed that he had killed, dismembered and
burned 7 men in his home following drug transactions.
(AP, 8/20/06)(SFC, 8/21/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 10, Bennie Smith (72),
St. Louis blues guitarist, died.
(SFC, 9/15/06, p.B8)
2006 Sep 15, In Missouri
Stephenie Ochsenbine (21) was slashed in the throat and had her
week-old baby stolen. Police recovered the baby on Sep 19. On Sep 20
Shannon Torrez (36) was charged with kidnapping and assault and
ordered held on $1 million bond. On September 12, 2008, Torrez was
sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2006 Oct 6, John Jordan O’Neil
(b.1911), aka “Buck” O’Neil, baseball’s charismatic Negro Leagues
ambassador, died at a Kansas City, Missouri-area hospital. He
barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of
being elected to the Hall of Fame in February 2006.
2006 Oct 17, Megan Meier
(b.1992) of Missouri committed suicide following a series of cruel
messages on the MySpace online social network. In 2008 Lori drew
(49) of Missouri was indicted for perpetrating an online hoax, which
led to Meier’s suicide. Drew was convicted on Nov 26 of only three
minor offenses for her role in the Internet hoax. The federal jury
could not reach a verdict on the main charge against 49-year-old
Lori Drew, conspiracy, and rejected three other felony counts of
accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm.
A final decision on the verdicts was still pending in 2009.
5/16/08, p.A4)(AP, 11/27/08)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.232)
2006 Oct 19, The St. Louis
Cardinals beat the New York Mets to win the National League pennant.
They will face the Detroit Tigers for the World Series.
(SFC, 10/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 27, In Missouri the St
Louis Cardinals won the World Series by beating the Detroit Tigers
4-2 in game 5, claiming their first MLB crown in 24 years.
2006 Oct 30, A new ranking
compiled by Morgan Quitno Press listed St. Louis as the most
dangerous city in the USA, leading a trend of violent crimes rising
much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation. The study
looked at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population
of about 330,000 under Mayor Francis Slay. The safest city in 2005
was Brick, N.J., with a population about 78,000, followed by
Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous
city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.
2006 Nov 7, Missouri approved a
measure backing stem cell research.
2006 Nov 24, Robert McFerrin
Sr. (b.1921), opera singer and the father of Grammy-winning
conductor-vocalist Bobby McFerrin, died in suburban St. Louis at age
85. He was the first black man to sing as a member of the NY
Metropolitan Opera (1955).
(SFC, 11/30/06, p.B7)(AP, 11/24/07)
2006 Nov 27, In southwest
Joplin, Missouri, an early morning fire at the Anderson Guest House
group home for the mentally disabled killed 10 residents and a
caretaker and sent at least a dozen more to a hospital. In 2011 a
judge concluded that the blaze was preventable.
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 1/19/11, p.A5)
2006 Dec 2, The National World
War I Museum opened in Kansas City, Missouri. The $26.5 million
museum at the Liberty Memorial joined the ranks of The National
World War II Museum in New Orleans and other definitive repositories
for key events in history.
2006 Dec 16, In Kansas City,
Missouri, Hersel Isadore (35) killed 6 people including 4 of his
children before shooting himself to death.
(SFC, 12/18/06, p.A4)
2006 Dec 17, In Kirksville,
Missouri, a 911 call reporting a "strange odor" from a duplex
apartment led police to the bodies of seven people.
2006 A study by Ron Brakke, a
Dallas-based animal health consultant, found that the region around
Kansas City, Mo., housed over 120 companies serving the animal
health and nutrition industries. This led to a branding campaign by
Kansas City to designate the region as the “Animal Health Corridor.”
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.38)
2007 Jan 12, In Missouri 2
missing boys were found at the suburban St. Louis home of Michael
Devlin (41). William Ownby (13) had been missing for 5 days; Shawn
Hornbeck (15) had been missing since Oct 2002. In October Devlin was
sentenced to multiple life terms for kidnapping and sexual assault.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/9/07, p.A6)(AP,
2007 Jan 12, Larry Stewart
(58), known as “Secret Santa” for the millions he passed out with no
strings attached to people in need, died at St. Lukes Hospital in
Kansas City, Missouri of esophageal cancer. Stewart, from the Kansas
City suburb of Lee's Summit, made his millions in cable television
and long-distance telephone service.
2007 Jan 15, The death toll
from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states as utility
crews labored to restore service to hundreds of thousands of
Missouri households and businesses enduring cold weather without
electricity for heat and lights.
2007 Jan 17, A US snow and ice
storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These
included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New
York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine
(AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 24, Broncos running
back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball
game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying
of teammate Darrent Williams.
2007 Mar 22, Missouri’s state
board of education voted to take over the St. Louis school district,
effective in mid-June.
(Econ, 3/31/07, p.38)
2007 Mar 25, In Ste. Genevieve,
Missouri, William Huck Sr. (60) was arrested on child sex charges
and has since told authorities he molested 40 children over a
2007 Apr 25, US federal
authorities arrested John P. Tomkins (42) of Dubuque, Iowa, a man
suspected of mailing dud pipe bombs to financial companies in
Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., and threatening letters that were
signed "The Bishop."
2007 Apr 29, In Kansas City,
Mo., David W. Logsdon, driving a dead woman’s car, was shot and
killed by police after he killed 2 people in the parking lot of a
(SFC, 4/30/07, p.A3)(AP, 4/29/08)
2007 Apr 29, St. Louis
Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, was killed in the crash
of his sport utility vehicle.
2007 Jun 2, Kelsey Smith (18)
went missing when she went to a Target store in the Overland Park
suburb of Kansas City to buy a gift for her boyfriend. On June 6
police found her body in a wooded area near Grandview, Mo., about 20
miles east of the Target store. Edwin R. Hall (26) was arrested
shortly after her body was found. In 2008 Hall pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 7/23/08)
2007 Jun 6, Police arrested a
man in the abduction and death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, whose
body was found in a Missouri park four days after she'd disappeared
from a Kansas store's parking lot.
2007 Jul 20, Tammy Faye Messner
(65) died in Missouri. As Tammy Faye Bakker she had helped her
husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire that
collapsed in disgrace. She divorced her husband of 30 years, with
whom she had two children, in 1992 while he was in prison for
defrauding millions from followers of their PTL ("Praise the Lord"
or "People that Love") television ministries.
2007 Aug 12, In southwest
Missouri a gunman opened fire at the First Congregational Church
killing three people and wounded five. The local Micronesian
congregation rented the church for its services and the gunman, also
Micronesian, deliberately targeted elders of the congregation.
Suspect Eiken Elam Saimon was charged with murder. On March 20,
2009, Saimon (54) pleaded guilty to 3 counts of murder.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/12/08)(SFC, 3/21/09, p.A4)
2007 Aug 22, The death toll
across the Upper Midwest and from the remnants of Tropical Storm
Erin that swept Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri over the past week rose
to at least 26. Three people were electrocuted by lightning at a bus
stop in Madison, Wis.
2007 Aug 28, Miyoshi Umeki
(b.1929), Japanese-born actress, died in Licking, Mo. She was the
first Asian performer to win an Oscar, which she and Red Buttons
received for their supporting roles in the 1957 film “Sayonara.”
(SFC, 9/12/07, p.A17)
2007 Sep 9, The remains of Sam
(7) and Lindsey (8) Porter were found near the Missouri River in
Sugar Creek, Mo. They had been missing since their disappearance on
June 5, 2004. On November 20 their father, Dan Porter (44), already
in jail for their kidnapping, was charged in their shootings.
2007 Sep, In Missouri 2 St.
Louis-area men disappeared. Their mutilated bodies were found weeks
later in Missouri and Illinois. In 2009 police were reported to be
investigating the Invaders motorcycle gang in connection with the
two murders as well as a 2007 slaying of a gang member, who had
possibly cooperated with authorities.
(SFC, 5/4/09, p.A4)
2007 Oct 8, Michael
Devlin was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping one of two
boys he'd held captive in his suburban St. Louis apartment. Devlin
later pleaded guilty to dozens of other counts, resulting in a total
of 74 life sentences.
2007 Oct 26, A federal jury in
Kansas City, Mo., decided that Lisa Montgomery, convicted of killing
expectant mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cutting the baby from her
womb, should receive the death penalty.
2007 Nov 9, In Newton County,
Missouri, David Spears (24) and another, unnamed, 24-year-old man,
were arrested in the death of Rowan Ford. Rowan had been missing
since Nov 3. Her body was found on private land about 10 miles south
of the girl's hometown of Stella.
2007 Nov 18, Detroit pushed
past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according
to a private research group's controversial analysis of annual FBI
crime statistics. Flint, Mich., ranked 3rd and Oakland, Ca., ranked
(AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/19/07, p.A3)
2008 Jan 7, Tornadoes were
reported or suspected in southwest Missouri, southeastern Wisconsin,
Arkansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Two people were killed in Missouri.
2008 Feb 7, In Kirkwood,
Missouri, a gunman stormed a council meeting, yelled "Shoot the
mayor!" and opened fire, critically wounding Mayor Mike Swoboda
(69), killing two police officers and three city officials. Swoboda
died on Sep 6. Charles Le "Cookie" Thornton, who had lost a
free-speech lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb 10 days earlier,
was fatally shot by law enforcers. He had claimed in the past city
leaders stifled and harassed him.
(AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 9/7/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 19, Flooding forced
hundreds of people to flee their homes and closed scores of roads
across a wide swath of the US midsection as a huge storm system
poured as much as 10 inches of rain on the region. Flooding was
reported in parts of Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana,
Missouri and Kentucky with over a dozen deaths.
(AP, 3/19/08)(AP, 3/20/08)
2008 Mar 27, In Kansas City,
Mo., a judge convicted Terry Blair (46) of killing 6 women in 2004.
Blair faced life in prison.
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 May 2, Severe storms
rolled across Arkansas and killed 8 people, including a teenager
crushed by a tree while she slept in her bed. The deaths came after
earlier storms seriously damaged homes and businesses in the Kansas
City, Mo., area.
(AP, 5/2/08)(AP, 5/3/08)
2008 May 10, A tornado rumbled
through Picher, Okla., killing at least 7 people. The same storm
system then moved into southwest Missouri, where tornadoes killed at
least 15 others. The storms moved eastward and killed at least one
person the next day in Georgia.
(AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A2)
2008 May 24, In Branson,
Missouri, “Noah – The Musical” opened at the Millennium Theater.
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.48)
2008 Jun 18, Floodwaters
breached two levees in western Illinois and threatened more
Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa
for the past week. One official estimated up to 47 square miles
could be flooded.
2008 Jun 27, Archbishop Raymond
Burke of St. Louis, a church law expert known for his tough stance
that politicians who support abortion rights be denied Holy
Communion, was named to head the Vatican's supreme court.
2008 Jun 27, The Mississippi
River burst a levee inundating the small town of Winfield, Missouri.
(WSJ, 6/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 30, Missouri Gov. Mat
Blunt signed a bill outlawing cyberbullying. The bill updated state
laws against harassment by removing the requirement that the
communication be written or made over the telephone. This was in
response to the suicide of Megan Meier (13) on October 17, 2006.
(SFC, 7/1/08, p.A5)
2008 Jul 13, Belgian-based
brewer InBev announced it will buy Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion.
2008 Nov 4, In Missouri
Democrat Jay Nixon was elected governor replacing Republican Gov.
Mat Blunt, who did not seek re-election.
(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A14)
2008 The population of Missouri
stood at about 5.8 million people.
(Econ, 8/30/08, p.34)
2009 Jan 21, In Missouri a
father was arrested in Daviess County after two sealed coolers with
the remains of two infants were found. a third child is believed to
have died in Oklahoma. A surviving child, a 3-year-old boy, was in
state custody. The man was suspected of fathering four children with
his teenage daughter and faced charges of killing at least one after
human remains were discovered at their rural home.
2009 Jan 28, President Barack
Obama signed requests from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Arkansas
Gov. Mike Beebe for federal emergency declarations as crews worked
around the clock to resurrect power lines downed by thick ice in
both states. Since the storm began building on Jan 26, the weather
has been blamed for at least six deaths in Texas, four in Arkansas,
three in Virginia, six in Missouri, two in Oklahoma, and one each in
Indiana and Ohio.
2009 Jan 30, US Senator Claire
McCaskill (D., Mo.) introduced legislation that would limit the
salary, bonuses and stock options of executives of financial
companies getting federal bailout aid to no more than what the US
president earns: $400,000 a year, excluding benefits.
(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.B1)
2009 May 8, In the Midwest a
wave of storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses
in Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. 5 people were left
2009 May 26, Russia's uranium
export company signed a groundbreaking $1 billion package of
contracts to supply three US utilities with enriched fuel for
nuclear power plants. Tenex signed contracts to provide enriched
uranium fuel to San Francisco, California-based Pacific Gas &
Electric Company; St. Louis, Missouri-based AmerenUE; and Dallas,
Texas-based Luminant. Tenex will supply fuel to the US utilities
from 2014 through 2020 under the contracts, which provide the option
2009 Sep 4, US regulators
closed the First Bank of Kansas in Missouri, pushing to 85 the
number of US banks that have failed this year.
(SFC, 9/5/09, p.D1)
2009 Oct 13, The Missouri Dept.
of Revenue sent letters to 140 yoga and Pilates telling them they
must collect sales tax on fees for their classes and services.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 21, Alyssa Bustamante
(15) of St. Martins, Mo., strangled, stabbed and cut the throat of
Elizabeth Olten (9). She told authorities she did it because she
wanted to know what it was like to kill someone. On Feb 8, 2012,
Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of
2009 Dec 17, In Kansas City,
Mo., Chester Harvey Jr. (38), of Laddonia, and his son Chad Michael
Harvey (19), of Eolia, tortured and killed James William Boyd
McNeely (20) of Ohio in the trucker's basement with the help of
several other people. On Dec 30 prosecutors filed for first-degree
murder and other charges against the men.
2010 Jan 7, In St. Louis, Mo.,
three people were killed and four wounded after a man armed with an
assault rifle and a handgun opened fire at a manufacturing plant.
2010 Mar 10, The Kansas City,
Mo., school board narrowly approved a plan to close nearly half the
district’s schools in a desperate attempt to avoid a potential
bankruptcy. 29 schools were closed.
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A6)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.33)
2010 Apr 22, In Jefferson City,
Missouri, Chris Shaw (29), a tattooed father of three, came forward
as the $258 million winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot
2010 May 19, Khalid Ouazzani
(32) of Kansas City, Mo., admitted that he sent $23,500 to Al-Qaeda
between 2007-2008. The Morocco-born auto parts dealer became a US
citizen in 2006.
(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 5, In Missouri 2
people, a pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on a bus, were
killed and 38 others were injured in an accident on the interstate
highway near Gray Summit. In 2011 it was reported that a pickup
driver (19) was texting just before his pickup truck, two school
buses and a tractor truck collided in the deadly pileup.
2010 Nov 2, Missouri passed the
Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The state was home to 1,462
licensed commercial dog breeders. A newly elected legislature soon
gutted the meat of the proposition.
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.36)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.20)
2010 Nov 21, A national US
study by CQ Press found St. Louis as the nation's most dangerous
city in 2009, overtaking Camden, NJ. Detroit, Flint, Mich., and
Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight
year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie,
2010 Dec 14, In Missouri Secret
Santa II hit the streets in a long-standing Kansas City tradition of
handing out $100 bills, sometimes several at a time, to unsuspecting
strangers in thrift stores, food pantries and shelters.
2010 Dec 31, In Arkansas a
tornado killed 3 people in the hamlet of Cincinnati. A storm spawned
by the same weather left 3 people dead near Rolla, Missouri. A 4th
person, injured in Rolla, died the next day.
(SFC, 1/1/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/2/11, p.A11)
2011 Feb 9, US federal
prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for
activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun
trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29
defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection
with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas
City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
2011 Feb 10, In Missouri a St.
Louis police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy
late in the day when the deputy, described as intoxicated and
agitated, appeared to pull out a gun during an argument.
2011 Mar 8, In Missouri a US
federal marshal was shot and killed in St. Louis while trying to
arrest a suspect on assault and drug charges. 2 other officers were
wounded and the suspect was killed.
(SFC, 3/9/11, p.A6)
2011 Apr 22, In Missouri a
tornado tore through a terminal at St. Louis Lambert Airport,
causing several injuries and sending people scurrying for shelter as
plated glass shattered around them. Gov. Jay Nixon announced a state
of emergency, allowing state agencies to assist communities with
their emergency responses to the storm's aftermath.
2011 May 2, The US Army corps.
of Engineers exploded a section of the Mississippi River Birds Point
levee in Missouri to protect the small town of Cairo, Ill. Water
levels receded but a second, smaller section was detonated May 3 to
allow water back into the river.
(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA4)(AP, 5/5/11)
2011 May 5, US Government
engineers blew up a third section of a Mississippi River levee to
manage flooding, as a wall of water roared down the nation's largest
river system, threatening towns and cities all the way to the Gulf
2011 May 22, A massive tornado
that tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least
117 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin leaving a forest of
splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood.
The National Weather Service said it was the single deadliest
twister in the past 60 years. In June death toll reached 154.
(AP, 5/23/11)(AP, 5/24/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(SSFC,
2011 May 25, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125.
A violent storm system across a wide swath of the Midwest and South
spawned tornadoes and powerful winds. 9 people were killed in
Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas and 4 in Arkansas.
2011 May 26, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 126. More than
230 people were still listed as missing.
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A8)
2011 May 28, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 139. State
officials said 100 people were still missing.
5, Officials in Joplin, Missouri, revised the death toll from May
22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
2011 Jun 10, The death toll
from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, has risen to 151. A number of
survivors were now returning to the hospital suffering from severe
fungal infections in their wounds.
2011 Jun 18, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 154 with the
passing of an injured man.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Jul 12, A federal
indictment unsealed in St. Louis said The Wheels of Soul motorcycle
club, with a "Mother Chapter" in Philadelphia, was responsible for
killings, robberies, drug distribution and other crimes. The
indictment accused 18 men in seven states of racketeering, with some
of the men also accused of crimes that include murder, attempted
murder, robbery and kidnapping.
2011 Aug 18, Kansas City, Mo.,
authorities passed an ordinance that sets curfews as early as 9 p.m.
for people under age 18, following the weekend shooting of three
teenagers at a large late-night "flash mob" gathering. Three youths
aged 13 to 16 were injured by apparently random gunshots at the
Country Club Plaza.
2011 Aug 26, In Missouri a
medical helicopter crashed in Mosby killing a female patient, a
pilot and two medical workers.
(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A10)
2011 Oct 4, In Kansas City,
Missouri, 10-month-old Lisa Irwin was reported snatched overnight
from her home.
(SFC, 10/10/11, p.A5)
2011 Oct 14, Kansas City's
Catholic Bishop Robert Finn became the highest-ranking US Catholic
official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after
he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds
of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer.
The indictment, handed down Oct. 6, was sealed because Finn was out
of the country.
2011 Oct 21, Missouri Gov. Jay
Nixon signed legislation that repealed a law, enacted earlier this
year, that had limited online discussions between teachers and
students 18 or younger.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 16, In Missouri Shelby
Dasher (20) was charged with murdering her son, after prosecutors
say she admitted beating him because he wouldn't stop crying. She
had claimed her 13-month-old son vanished from his crib. People
walking their dog found Tyler Dasher's body a day earlier near a
cemetery about a mile from his home.
2011 Dec 10, In Missouri Marvin
Rice (44), a former rural sheriff's deputy, was suspected of killing
his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before leading officers on a
high-speed chase that ended with a shootout at an upscale hotel
hosting a Christmas party for hundreds of doctors, nurses and their
families. Rice was in fair condition at a Columbia hospital after
being wounded in the shootout.
2012 Jan 11, Mark Deli
Siljander (60), a former Michigan congressman (1981-1987, was
sentenced to a year and one day in prison in Kansas City, Mo., for
lobbying for the Islamic American Relief Agency, an charity
identified as a global terrorist organization.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3
victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by
winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in
Missouri. Mit Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the vote.
(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)
2012 Feb 29, At least 16
tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed
including 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee
and one in Kansas.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12,
2012 Jul 13, In Missouri Ashley
Key (22) and Britney Haarup (19) were killed. Police arrested
Clifford Miller (31) on July 15 and he told investigators where to
find the bodies. Miller said he was high on methamphetamine when he
killed the sisters in Edgerton.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 6, A mosque in
southwest Missouri burned to the ground in the second fire to hit
the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators in
Joplin spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for
evidence of arson.
2012 Sep 6, In Kansas City,
Missouri, Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty of a misdemeanor count
for failing to report suspected child abuse from a child pornography
case involving Rev. Shawn Ratigan.
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A11)
2012 Sep 15, In Missouri 5
people, including 3 children, were killed when their small plane
crashed near Willard.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 15, In Missouri 5
people, including 3 children, were killed when their small plane
crashed near Willard.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 25, Andy Williams
(b.1927), popular American singer, died at his Branson, Missouri,
home. He had 18 gold records, 3 platinum and 5 Grammy nominations.
Williams hosted the “The Andy Williams Show” from 1962-1971.
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 16, In Independence,
Mo., 3 men broke into a house and fatally shot a woman, her son and
her boyfriend. A 4th victim was critically injured.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 22, In Wheaton, Mo., 5
people, including a child, were killed when a fire broke out in an
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 30, A Missouri
mechanic (52) and his wife claimed their share of the record $588
million Powerball jackpot.
2012 Nov, Google began
connecting Google Fiber, an ultra-fast broadband network, in Kansas
City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.64)
2012 Dec 1, Kansas City Chiefs
starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death, then
drove to the team training facility and killed himself in front of
the coach and general manager in a burst of violence.
2013 Jan 1, Ten states kicked
off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35
cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,
Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and
2013 Jan 15, A part-time
student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a
downtown St. Louis business school and shot the man in the chest,
creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself.
2013 Apr 19, Floodwaters
swelled the Mississippi River and other Midwestern rivers following
days of torrential rains. In Quiincy, Ill., the river rose nearly 10
feet in 36 hours. Two flood related deaths were in Indiana, a 3rd in
(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)(SFC,
2013 May 29, A federal judge
ruled in favor of bankrupt Patriot Coal of St. Louis, Mo., to
significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of
workers and retirees.
(SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 20, In Missouri Joseph
Paul Franklin (b.1950), a white supremacist who targeted blacks and
Jews, was executed. He had admitted to shooting and wounding civil
rights leader Vernon Jordan (1980) and Hustler magazine publisher
Larry Flynt (1978).
2013 Dec 1, In Missouri a man
died and three people were taken in for questioning after an
altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas
City Chiefs played the Denver Broncos.
2013 Dec 6, A winter storm that
some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years
slammed the nation's midsection early today, snarling travel and
knocking out power for hundreds of thousands. At least two deaths
were reported on roads in Texas and Missouri.
2014 Feb 3, St. Louis-based
Post Holdings Inc. said it is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands
from Nestle SA, further diversifying its business by expanding into
the active nutrition category. Musashi is a leading sports nutrition
brand in Australia.
2014 Feb 9, Michael Sam, a
defensive end form the Univ. of Missouri, publicly came out as gay.
He was expected to be a 3rd A10of 4th round pick at the NFL draft.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
announced his intention to nominate Jane Chu (56), a pianist and
arts administrator from Kansas City, Mo., to lead the National
Endowment for the Arts.
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.F5)
2014 Feb 19, In Missouri the
body of a girl, believed to be Hailey Owens (10), was found in the
home of Craig Michael Wood (45), a middle-school football coach. She
had been kidnapped a day earlier. Wood was arrested on suspicion of
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A5)
2014 Apr 13, In Kansas 3 people
were killed after Frazier Glenn Miller (73) of Aurora, Mo., opened
fire outside at two Jewish sites in Overland Park. On Aug 31, 2015
Miller, a former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White
Patriot Party, was convicted of murder and other charges. On Sep 8,
2015, a jury recommended the death penalty.
(SFC, 4/14/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/1/15, p.A5)(SFC,
2014 Jun 17, Missouri inmate
John Winfield was executed by lethal injection for killing two St.
Louis County women in 1996.
(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)
2014 Jun 24, In Kansas City,
Mo., police officer Jacob Ramsey was making a warrant check when
Anthony Contreras ran from a house. Police said he feared he was
about to be shot and fired at Contreras, critically wounding him. On
April 17, 2015, a prosecutor dismissed charges Ramsey, who was
indicted in February by a grand jury for the non-fatal shooting.
2014 Jul 16, Missouri executed
John Middleton (54) for killing three people in 1995 out of concern
that they would tell police of his methamphetamine dealing. This was
Missouri’s 6th execution this year.
(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 6, Missouri executed
Michael Worthington (43) for the 1995 killing of Melinda Griffin
(24) during a robbery of her lake St. Louis condominium.
(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 9, Missouri police
shot and killed Michael Brown (18), a black teenager recently
graduated from high school graduate. Hundreds of angry residents
came out of their apartments in the predominantly black St. Louis
suburb of Ferguson in a confrontation with police that lasted
2014 Aug 10, Missouri police
arrested 32 people after rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson
late today and spread to neighboring towns in protests that turned
violent over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer.
2014 Aug 11, The US Federal
Aviation Authority began imposing flight restrictions on more than
37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Mo. The
restrictions were lifted after 12 days and it was later reported
that they had been imposed to keep away news helicopters during
Ferguson’s violent street protests over the death of Michael Brown
(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 13, Missouri police
responded about an hour after midnight to reports of four or five
men with shotguns and wearing ski masks. They encountered multiple
suspects running, one of whom pulled a gun on an officer, who shot
and critically wounded the man in Ferguson near the site of protests
over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
2014 Aug 14, Missouri's
governor moved to calm days of racially charged protests over the
police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an
African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security
in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
2014 Aug 15, In Missouri
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson named Darren Wilson as the police
officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson last
weekend, saying the officer had a good record and the incident came
in the aftermath of a robbery in which the teen was a suspect.
Protesters clashed with riot police in Ferguson for another night of
civil unrest over the shooting death of Michael Brown.
(Reuters, 8/15/14) (Reuters, 8/16/14)(AFP,
2014 Aug 16, In Missouri
vandals attacked stores in Ferguson early today, hours after police
said the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in an
incident that unleashed days of rioting was a robbery suspect.
Protesters stormed into the same convenience store that Michael
Brown was accused of robbing. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a midnight to 5
am curfew as he declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.
(AFP, 8/16/14)(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 17, In Missouri one
person was shot and seven people were arrested early this morning as
police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew on Ferguson. The
NY Times reported that a preliminary private autopsy report found
that Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a police officer in
Ferguson, was shot at least six times. Gov. Jay Nixon said he would
send the National Guard into Ferguson to restore calm after
authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal
(AP, 8/17/14)(Reuters, 8/18/14)
2014 Aug 18, In Missouri police
and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late today,
a day after Gov. Jay Nixon summoned the National Guard to help
restore calm to the St. Louis suburb. The violence left six wounded
and led to 31 arrests. A third and final autopsy was performed on
Michael Brown (18), shot and killed on Aug 9, for the Justice
Department by one of the military's most experienced medical
(AP, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/19/14)
2014 Aug 19, St. Louis,
Missouri, officers shot dead an agitated man who yelled "kill me
now" as he rushed at them with a knife during an apparent
convenience store robbery.
2014 Aug 20, Missouri police
overnight arrested nearly 50 protesters in Ferguson. US Attorney
General Eric Holder planned to visit the suburb amid racially
charged demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown.
2014 Sep 2, In south Kansas
City, Mo., Brandon Howell (34), a convicted felon, fatally shot 3
people and wounded two others. Howell was soon arrested and charged
the next day.
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 10, In Missouri Earl
Ringo Jr. was executed by lethal injection. This was the state’s 8th
execution this year. He had been convicted of a 1998 robbery and
(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 11, Missouri lawmakers
voted to allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed
guns on campuses. The new legislation also allowed anyone with a
concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 17, In Missouri police
shot and killed a man (42) after he slammed his vehicle into a
police car and then fled. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots
after the man allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St.
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 24, In Missouri Army
Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez (30) was found guilty of sexually
assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014 Oct 6, A US federal judge
ruled that a “five-second rule” to keep protesters from remaining in
place, imposed by police in Ferguson, Mo. following protests over
the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, was unconstitutional.
(TIME, 10/20/14, p.13)
2014 Oct 8, In St. Louis, Mo.,
a police officer working as a security guard shot and killed
Vonderrit D. Meyers. The officer fired 17 shots after Meyers fired
three shots at him. A 9mm Ruger was recovered.
(SFC, 10/10/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 11, In St. Louis,
Missouri, thousands gathered for a 2nd day of organized rallies and
marches to protest the death of Michael Brown and other fatal police
police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 29, The SF Giants beat
the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the World Series in the 7th games
of the series in Kansas City.
(SFC, 10/30/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 5, A Missouri state
judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 24, A Missouri grand
jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of
an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially
charged rioting in Ferguson.
2014 Nov 28, In Missouri
demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson at the start
of the holiday shopping season as protests over the killing of an
unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some
retailers around the country.
2014 Nov 29, Activists in
Ferguson, Missouri, began a 120-mile march to the state capita in
Jefferson City to protest the killing of an unarmed black teen by a
white police officer.
2014 Nov 30, In Missouri Zemir
Begic (32), an immigrant from Bosnia, was beaten to death in front
of his fiancee and two friends in St. Louis. The next day the local
Bosnian community called for more police presence as three black
teenagers, Robert Joseph Mitchell (17) and two other suspects
(15-16), were placed in custody.
(SFC, 12/3/14, p.A16)
2014 Dec 4, In Kansas City,
Mo., SUV driver Ahmed Aden (34), a local Somali of Chriostian faith,
ran over a Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein (15) and drove away. Aden was
charged with murder on Dec 5. Locals said he had been harassing the
community with anti-Islamic taunts and violent threats.
(http://tinyurl.com/lu84xv8)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 10, Missouri inmate
Paul Goodwin (48) was executed for the fatal beating and sexual
assault of Joan Crotts (63) in 1998. Goodwin reportedly had an IQ of
(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)
2014 Dec 23, In Missouri a
teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a suburb of St Louis.
County police chief Jon Belmar said an 18-year-old suspect,
identified as Antonio Martin, levelled a gun at an officer
responding to a theft complaint at a gas station, leaving him with
no alternative but to shoot.
2015 Mar 4, The US Justice
Dept. released a report concluding that Missouri’s Ferguson Police
Dept. was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black
(SFC, 3/4/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 12, In Missouri two
police officers were shot early today in Ferguson hours after the
city's embattled police chief resigned. March 11 marked the 215th
night of demonstrations in Ferguson.
2015 Mar 14, Missouri police
arrested at least two people as nightly protests in the racially
troubled US suburb of Ferguson over the police killing of unarmed
black teenager Michael Brown shifted into the heart of St Louis.
2015 Apr 14, In Missouri Tyus
Byrd (40) was sworn in as Mayor of Parma, population 713, after she
beat longtime incumbent Randall Ramsey. Five of six police officers
resigned shortly before she was sworn in as the town’s first
African-American female mayor. They were joined by the city
attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.
2015 May 23, Missouri law
officers shot and killed James Barton Horn Jr. (47) at the J.N.
Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area. His former girlfriend Sandra
Kay Sutton (46) and her son (17) were found dead May 21 in Clinton.
Sutton, had been held captive and escaped from Horn on April 30 and
moved in with relatives.
(SSFC, 5/24/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 19, In southern
Missouri flash floods forced evacuations after Tropical Depression
Bill dumped seven inches of rain in the Ozarks overnight.
(SFC, 6/20/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 14, In Missouri David
Zink (55) was executed for the 2001 sexual assault and killing of
Amanda Morton (19).
(SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 5, In central Missouri
a fire swept through a condominium building in Osage Beach, killing
4 young children.
(SFC, 8/6/15, p.A4)
2015 Aug 9, In Missouri police
shot and critically wounded a man who opened fire at them in
Ferguson, ending what had been a day of remembrance for a black teen
killed a year earlier. Tyrone Harris Jr. (18) was wounded during a
gun battle with plainclothes officers. Unrest in continued into the
next day as St Louis County issued a state of emergency in Ferguson
and county prosecutors charged Harris with four counts of assault on
law enforcement and shooting at a motor vehicle.
2015 Aug 19, St. Louis police
shot and killed Mansur Ball-Rey (18) who reportedly fled a home and
pointed a handgun at officers as they served a search warrant. The
confrontation drew protesters and unrest onto the streets. An
autopsy showed that Ball-Rey died from a single wound in the back.
(SFC, 8/21/15, p.A7)(SFC, 8/22/15, p.A4)
2015 Sep 1, In Missouri Jeff
Mizanskey, sentenced to life in prison without parole on a
marijuana-related charge, walked out of prison a free man. He had
been sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6
pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.