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  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 of Fame.
 (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., 2/15/99)

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.
    (www.cityofcapegirardeau.org/)

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]
    (HN, 5/22/99)

1805        Mar 3, Louisiana-Missouri Territory formed.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

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 River.
    (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]
    (MC, 10/11/01)

1809        Oct 12, Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, died under mysterious circumstances in St. Louis. [see Oct 11]
    (HN, 10/12/98)

1811        Mar 20, George Caleb Bingham (d.1879), Missouri painter, was born in Virginia. He paintings included "Fur Traders on the Missouri."
    (WUD, 1994, p.149)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Caleb_Bingham)

1811        Nov 16, An earthquake in Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. [see Dec 15-16]
    (MC, 11/16/01)

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, 1912]
    (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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Harriman_Long)

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).
    (HNQ, 2/6/01)

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 6]
    (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.
    (HN, 9/26/99)

1820        Dec 20, Missouri imposed a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 and 50.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1821        Aug 10, Missouri became the 24th state.
    (AP, 8/10/97)

1821        Sep 1, William Becknell led a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on what would become the Santa Fe Trail.
    (HN, 9/1/99)

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.
    (MC, 7/15/02)

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 Garden).
    (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.
    (HNQ, 1/27/01)

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 Soldier."
    (HN, 7/31/02)(www.cumberlandhouse.com)

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.
    (HN, 5/10/99)

1841        Apr 6, Cornerstone was laid for 2nd Mormon temple at Nauvoo, Missouri.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1841        May 1, The 1st emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

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.
    (HNQ, 4/18/99)

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.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

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 trapper.
    (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.
    (HN, 2/28/99)

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, p.5)

1848        George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), artist, won a seat as a Missouri legislator and served a single term.
    (WSJ, 11/3/07, p.W16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Caleb_Bingham)

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 steamships.
    (AP, 5/17/99)

1850        Westport was chartered as Kansas, named after the river.
    (HNQ, 1/27/01)

1854        Aug 30, John Fremont issued a proclamation freeing the slaves of Missouri rebels.
    (MC, 8/30/01)

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.
    (HN, 5/19/99)

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!"
    (HN, 9/15/99)

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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_Express)(SFC, 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.
    (HN, 9/13/98)

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.
    (HNQ, 1/28/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

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."
    (HNQ, 6/5/02)(www.civilwarhome.com/wilsonscreek.htm)(AM, 11/04, p.28)

1861        Aug 14, Martial Law was declared at St. Louis, MI.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1861        Aug 15, Lincoln directed reinforcements to be sent to Missouri.
    (MC, 8/15/02)

1861        Aug 16, Union and Confederate forces clashed near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
    (HN, 8/16/98)

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 Confiscation Act.
    (HN, 8/30/98)(AP, 8/30/06)(ON, 6/10, p.1)

1861        Sep 20, Lexington, Missouri, was captured by Union forces.
    (MC, 9/20/01)

1861        Nov 7, Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.
    (HN, 11/7/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stars_and_Stripes_(newspaper))

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.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1862        May 9, Battle of Farmington, Missouri.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1862        Jul 29, At Moore’s Mill in Missouri, the Confederates were routed by Union guerrillas.
    (HN, 7/29/98)

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.
    (HN, 7/29/98)

1863        May 24, Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
    (HN, 5/24/99)

1863        Jul 15, Confederate raider Bill Anderson and his Bushwackers attacked Huntsville, Missouri, stealing $45,000 from the local bank.
    (HN, 7/15/99)

1863        Jul 23, Bill Anderson and his Confederate Bushwackers gutted the railway station at Renick, Missouri.
    (HN, 7/23/99)

1864        Sep 27, Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacred 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Mo.
    (HN, 9/27/98)
1864        Sep 27, Battle at Pilot Knob (Ft Davidson), Missouri. 1700 were killed or injured.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1864        Oct 15, Confederate troops occupied Glasgow, Missouri.
    (MC, 10/15/01)

1864        Oct 23, Forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling Price's army in Missouri.
    (AP, 10/23/97)

1864        Dec 2, Major General Grenville M. Dodge was named to replace General Rosecrans as Commander of the Department of Missouri.
    (HN, 12/2/98)

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. Louis.
    (WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A18)(www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/laborhall/2007_busch.htm)

1865        Feb 27, A Civil War skirmish took place near Sturgeon, Missouri.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    http://www.thehistorynet.com/WildWest/articles/2000/0800_cover.htm
    (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.
    (MC, 10/30/01)

1867        Mar 2, Jesse James-gang robbed a bank in Savannah MO, 1 dead.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1867        May 23, Jesse James gang robbed a bank in Richmond, Missouri, with 2 killed and $4,000 taken.
    (MC, 5/23/02)

1868        Dec 7, Jesse James gang robbed a bank in Gallatin, Missouri, and killed 1 person.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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.”
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.M5)(www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-142885678.html)

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.
    (ON, 10/09, p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan_Eads)

1869        The Stone Hill Winery was built in Missouri and later became listed on the National Historic register.
    (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.
    (MC, 1/31/02)

1874        Jun 22, Dr. Andrew T. Sill of Macon, Missouri, founded osteopathy.
    (MC, 6/22/02)

1875        Jul 7, Jesse James robbed a train in Otterville, Missouri.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1878        Dec 9, Joseph Pulitzer bought the St Louis Dispatch for $2,500.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

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.
    (WSJ, 11/3/07, p.W16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Caleb_Bingham)

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 assassination.
    (HN, 10/5/98)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Knobbers)

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.
    (AP, 8/16/05)

1884        The First Congregational Church was built in St. Louis, Mo. In 1992 it re-opened as the Grandel Theater.
    (WSJ, 8/30/06, p.D8)

1887        Nov 15, Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), was born in St. Louis.
    (MC, 11/15/01)

1888        Nov 24, Dale Carnegie (d.1955), public speaker, was born in Missouri. He authored "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (1937).
    (HN, 11/24/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie)

1889        Apr 15, Thomas Hart Benton (d.1975), painter, muralist, was born in Missouri.
    (HN, 4/15/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hart_Benton_%28painter%29)

1889        Kansas, named after the river, changing its name to Kansas City.
    (HNQ, 1/27/01)

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.
    (www.auntjemima.com/aj_history/)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_Platform)

1896        May 27, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

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 Louis, MO.
    (MC, 6/16/02)

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.
    (www.experiencefestival.com/a/Monsanto_-_Corporate_history/id/5306341)

1903        Jun 21, Al[bert] Hirschfield, cartoonist (NINA, NY Times), was born in St Louis, Mo.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

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 booth.
    (HN, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)(SFC, 6/24/00, p.B3)
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, p.C3)c
1904        Although invented in Waco, Texas in the 1880s, Dr Pepper first received national exposure at the St.  Louis World‘s Fair.
    (HNQ, 10/25/00)

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 countries participated.
    (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]
    (AP, 7/23/99)

1904        Oct 28, The St. Louis, Missouri, police tried a new investigation method--fingerprints.
    (HN, 10/28/98)

1904        Dec 1, The Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis closed after seven months and some 20 million visitors.
    (AP, 12/1/04)

1905        Mar 28, Marlin Perkins, TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), was born in Carthage, Mo.
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1905        Jul 17, Edgar Snow, American author and journalist, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
    (www.umkc.edu)

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 was founded.
    (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 devotional society.
    (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 the world.
    (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.
    (http://pressroom.hallmark.com/comprehensive_timline.html)

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.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1911        May 18, Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner, blues singer, was born in Kansas City, Mo.
    (HN, 5/18/01)

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.
    (HN, 3/1/98)

1912        Jun 18, Glen Morris, Olympic champion, actor (Tarzan), was born in Missouri.
    (MC, 6/18/02)

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.
    (www.nationalsdailynews.com/columnists/archive.cfm?blog=mark&tag=The%20Big%20Train)

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.
    (www.kauffman.org/ewingkauffman.cfm)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewing_Kauffman)

1917        Jan 5, Jane Wyman (d.2007), film star, was born as Sarah Jane Mayfield Fulks in St. Joseph, Mo.
    (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 state ratification.
    (WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A14)(AP, 1/16/98)

1919        Jun 28, Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence, Mo.
    (AP, 6/28/97)

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 City, Mo.
    (AH, 2/05, p.17)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Foster)

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 began.
    (SFC, 8/19/09, p.D5)

1924        Feb 17, Margaret Truman, pres. daughter, writer (Murder at FBI), singer, was born in Mo.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1924        Mar 6, Sarah Caldwell, conductor, opera director (Flagstaff), was born in Maryville, Mo.
    (MC, 3/6/02)

1924        Oct 20, Baseball’s first "colored World Series" was held in Kansas City, Mo.
    (HN, 10/20/98)

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 p.A11)(AP, 5/24/11)

1925        Dec 13, Dick Van Dyke, actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show), was born in West Plains, Mo.
    (MC, 12/13/01)

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 25 years.
    (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 President.
    (HN, 6/15/98)

1929        Nov 15, Edward Asner, actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
    (www.filmreference.com/film/6/Edward-Asner.html)

1930        Mar 2, Harry Kuchins made the first indoor glider flight inside the St. Louis, Mo, Terminal Building.
    (HC, Internet, 2/3/98)

1930        Mar 24, Steve McQueen, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt), was born in Slater, Mo.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

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.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1937        Jan 4, Grace Bumbry, soprano (Venus, in "Tannhauser"), was born in St. Louis.
    (MC, 1/4/02)

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, Mo.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

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 work.
    (WSJ, 7/19/99, p.A13)

1943        Jul 28, Bill Bradley, U.S. senator, professional basketball player, was born in Crystal City, Mo.
    (HN, 7/28/98)

1946        Jun 17, SW Bell inaugurated mobile telephone commercial service in St Louis.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holt,_Missouri)

1947        Oct 24, Kevin Kline, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), was born in St. Louis.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1951        Jul 14, The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri became the first national park honoring an African American.
    (HN, 7/14/98)

1951        Aug 11, The Mississippi River flooded some 100,000 acres in Ks, Okla, Mo and Ill.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1952        Jul 2, Linda M. Godwin, PhD, astronaut (STS 37), was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/m73my)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Carnegie)

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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

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 Outward).
    (AHHT, 10/02, p.22)(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdman_of_Alcatraz)

1964        May 25, Ground was broken for a new stadium in St Louis.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1964ws.shtml)(WSJ, 9/24/05, p.P12)

1965        Sep 25, 60 year old Satchel Paige of the Kansas City A's pitched 3 scoreless innings.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1965        Oct 28, The Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high), designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed in St Louis, Missouri.
    (http://archanniversary.com/)

1966        Busch Stadium, the ballpark to house the St. Louis Cardinals, was completed in St. Louis, Mo. It was demolished and replaced in 2005.
    (AP, 11/4/05)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/05)

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 Stewart Udall.
    (AP, 5/25/08)

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.
    (SFC, 8/6/97, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_M._Kelley)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hart_Benton_(painter))(Econ, 12/12/09, p.94)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Jinks_of_the_Horse_Marines)

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, p.D10)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Krajcir)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paul_Franklin)(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A10)

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.
    (AP, 1/28/08)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/07)

1978        Sep 13, The US Navy's F-18 Hornet makes its public debut during rollout ceremonies in St. Louis, Mo.
    (www.boeing.com/defense-space/military/fa18/fa18_milestones.htm)

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.
    (AP, 7/17/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse)

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, 12/12/12, p.A2)

1982        Oct 18, Former first lady Bess Truman (97) died at her home in Independence, Mo.
    (AP, 10/18/97)

1982        The Hearst Corp. acquired KMBC-TV, Kansas City.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)

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 damage.
    (www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/trivia/mar_trivia.php)

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.
    (SFC, 10/12/97, p.T5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Union_Station)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k36su)(www.creationism.org/csshs/v15n1p03.htm)

1988        Mar 15, NFL owners approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.
    (www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/az/cardsarizona.html)

1988        Sep 1, Leonor Sullivan (b.1902), Rep-D-Missouri, (1955-77), died.
    (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/sullivan6.html)

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.
    (http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=18038)(Econ, 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 Missouri.
    (AP, 7/3/9)

1989        Sep 16, Debbye Turner of Missouri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 9/16/99)

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
    (SAA, 4/19/99)
1989        In Kansas City a firebomb was thrown into a house and 6 people died.
    (SFC,12/6/97, p.A7)

1990        Apr 16, The Supreme Court let stand a ban on school dances in the Bible Belt town of Purdy, Mo.
    (AP, 4/16/00)

1990        Dec 14, A Right to Die case permitted Nancy Cruzan of Missouri to have her feeding tube removed. She died 12 days later.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Cruzan)

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.
    (AP, 10/11/97)

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.
    (AP, 7/16/98)

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.
    (AP, 7/17/98)

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 Midwestern states.
    (AP, 8/1/98)

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.
    (www.kauffman.org/foundation.cfm?topic=history)

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.
    (AP, 7/5/00)

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 re-opened.
    (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.
    (SFC, 12/2/96, p.A10)(www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/1996/08/26/story2.html)

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.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.A11)

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.
    (SFC,12/6/97, p.A7)

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.
    (SFC,12/16/97, p.A3)

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 warehouse.
    (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 Maris.
    (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. Joseph.
    (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 days.
    (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 [78] 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, 5/23/00)

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 husband won.
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.A11)

2000        Missouri adopted a shoot-on-sight policy for feral hogs with no restrictions on time or place.
    (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 opposition.
    (AP, 2/1/02)

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 marriages.
    (SFC, 7/14/01, p.C1)
2001        Jul 13, A private plane crashed into a home in Carterville and all 6 people aboard were killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/15/06)

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 prison.
    (AP, 2/26/07)

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, 4/28/07)

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 arrested.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/5/03)

2002        Dec 18, At least 4 tornadoes hit Arkansas and Missouri and killed 3 people with 30 injured.
    (SFC, 12/19/02, p.A4)

2002        Carl Schramm took over as head of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
    (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 police.
    (AP, 7/2/03)

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 wife.
    (AP, 3/16/04)

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.
    (AP, 4/13/04)

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.
    (www.airsafe.com/events/fatal04.htm)

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, p.A3)

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 since 2000.
    (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 rhythm-and-blues trio.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)

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 hand.
    (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 largest stockmarket.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_Alternative_Trading_System)

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 60-day period.
    (AP, 11/4/05)

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.
    (AP, 3/13/06)

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.
    (AP, 4/3/06)

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 death.
    (http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2006/05/27/marsha-spicer-murder-51406/)(SFC, 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 squabbles.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/20/06)(http://tinyurl.com/3mgvbe)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_O'Neil#_note-1)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Meier_suicide_controversy)(SFC, 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.
    (Reuters, 10/28/06)

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.
    (AP, 10/30/06)

2006        Nov 7, Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.
    (AP, 11/8/06)

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.
    (www.libertymemorialmuseum.org)(WSJ, 11/29/06, p.D10)

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.
    (AP, 12/18/06)

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, 1/12/08)
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.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,243578,00.html)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/07)

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 and Indiana.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

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 30-year period.
    (AP, 4/6/07)

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."
    (AP, 4/25/07)

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 mall.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/29/08)

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.
    (AP, 6/6/08)

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.
    (AP, 7/22/07)

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.
    (AP, 8/23/07)

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.
    (SFC, 11/21/07, p.A4)(www.kmbc.com/news/14090631/detail.html)

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.
    (AP, 10/8/08)

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.
    (AP, 10/26/08)

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.
    (AP, 11/10/07)

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 4th.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

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.
    (AP, 6/18/08)

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.
    (AP, 6/28/08)
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.
    (http://www.kansascity.com/382/story/703682.html)

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.
    (AP, 1/24/09)

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.
    (AP, 1/29/09)

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 dead.
    (AP, 5/9/09)

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 for renewal.
    (AP, 5/26/09)

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 parole.
    (http://news.aol.com/article/alyssa-bustamante-15-charged-as-adult-in/772912)(AP, 2/8/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/31/09)

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.
    (AP, 1/7/10)

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 ever.
    (AP, 4/23/10)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/11)

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, NY.
    (AP, 11/22/10)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/10)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)

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.
    (AP, 4/23/11)

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 of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 5/5/11)

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, 6/19/11, p.A8)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

2011           Jun 5, Officials in Joplin, Missouri, revised the death toll from May 22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
            (Reuters, 6/5/11)

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.
            (AP, 6/10/11)

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.
    (AP, 7/12/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

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.
    (AP, 10/15/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/16/11)

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.
    (AP, 12/11/11)

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, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/7hrqnq4)

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.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

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 apartment building.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)

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 Washington.
    (Reuters, 1/1/13)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

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 Missouri.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)(SFC, 4/22/13, p.A6)

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).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paul_Franklin)(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A10)

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.
    (AP, 12/2/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/3/14)

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 first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A5)

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