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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.

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. His 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.

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)

1839        Feb 11, Missouri slave owner James Rollins (1812-1888) helped establish the state’s first public university. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1861-1865. The Univ. of Missouri admitted its first black students in 1950.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_S._Rollins)(Econ, 1/2/16, p.18)

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)

1840        The Univ. of Missouri opened. Its first female students were admitted in 1867. It began accepting blacks in 1950.
    (Econ, 11/21/15, p.72)

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)

1857        Mar 6, After years in litigation, the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Roger Taney, ruled that Dred Scott did not gain his freedom by living in a free territory. Taney wrote that African Americans could not have rights of their own and were inferior to white people. The essence of the decision was that as a slave, Dred Scott was not a citizen and therefore could not sue in a federal court. The opinion also stated that Congress could not exclude slavery in the territories and that blacks could not become citizens. That ruling further increased the tension already simmering between the North and the South. Dred Scott was a slave who accompanied his owner, army surgeon John Emerson, to military posts in Wisconsin and Illinois in 1834-35. In 1846 Scott, backed by abolitionists, sued for his freedom on the grounds that he became free when he lived in an area where slavery was outlawed. Montgomery Blair (b.1813) was one of the lawyers in the Scott vs. Sanford case. In this case the Supreme Court invalidated the 1820 Missouri Compromise. In 2017 Charles Taney IV apologized to the family of Dred Scott for the words of his great-great-grand-uncle.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._Taney)(AP, 3/6/98)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A3)(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)

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)

1858        Cyprian Clamorgan authored “The Coloured Aristocracy of St. Louis."
    (http://tinyurl.com/gslleta)(Econ, 8/6/16, p.67)

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 157 relay stations located 5 to 20 miles apart. 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)(SFC, 7/22/17, p.C2)

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.

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.
    (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)
1875        In the United States the Whiskey Ring scandal was exposed. It involved diversion of tax revenues in a conspiracy among government agents, politicians, whiskey distillers, and distributors. The Whiskey Ring began in St. Louis but was also organized in Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Peoria. Pres. Ulysses S. Grant appointed John Brooks Henderson as the first special prosecutor  to investigate the conspiracy. Grant eventually fired Henderson for challenging Grant's interference in the prosecutions. Grant replaced Henderson with attorney James Broadhead.

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.

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. The song “Old Aunt Jemima," was written in 1875 by Billy Kersands, a Black comedian, and performed, often by white men, in minstrel shows. 
    (www.auntjemima.com/aj_history/)(NY Times, 7/19/20)

1890        Unable to raise the money to promote Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Chris L. Rutt and his associates sold their company to R.T. Davis Mill and Manufacturing Company, which promoted the new product at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The company hired Nancy Green (1834-1923), a famous African-American cook born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, to play the part of Aunt Jemima and demonstrate the pancake mix. Green was killed in an auto accident in 1923. In 1917, Aunt Jemima was redrawn as a smiling, heavy-set black housekeeper with a bandanna wrapped around her head.  The company brought on a black woman, Anna Robinson, to portray Aunt Jemima starting in 1933. The character was later portrayed by actress Aylene Lewis in the 1950s and 60s. PepsiCo acquired the Quaker Oats Company and the Aunt Jemima brand in 2001.
    (www.toptags.com/aama/bio/women/ngreen.htm)(Good Morning America, 6/17/20)(NY Times, 7/19/20)

1891        Nov 28, The National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (now IBEW) was founded in St. Louis, home of Local 1.
    (DT internet 11/28/97)

1892        Jul 4, The Omaha Platform was adopted at the formative convention of the Populist (or People's) Party held in Omaha, Nebraska. The People's party, more commonly known as the Populist party, was organized in St. Louis to represent the common folk, especially farmers, against the entrenched interests of railroads, bankers, processors, corporations, and the politicians in league with such interests. At its first national convention in Omaha in July 1892, the party nominated James K. Weaver for president and ratified the so-called Omaha Platform, drafted by Ignatius Donnelly of Minnesota.

1896        May 27, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, 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)

1899        Kansas City's first boulevard, named The Paseo, was completed. The north end of the Missouri state boulevard was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    (AP, 11/6/19)

1901        Aug 19, In Missouri three men were lynched in Pierce City following an attack that occurred when a white woman was slain after she left church walking home alone. Black residents were blamed, and an angry white mob hanged them and then burned the homes of five Black families, sending 30 other families to scatter into the woods.
    (Tribune Publ., 5/29/21)

1901        After the 1901 baseball season the Milwaukee Brewers were moved to St. Louis, Mo.
    (ON, 6/09, p.11)

1901        The Monsanto Chemical Works was founded in St. Louis, Mo., by John F. Queeny (1859–1933), a purchasing agent for a wholesale drug company, to manufacture the synthetic sweetener saccharin, then produced only in Germany.

1903        Jun 21, Albert Hirschfield (d.2003), American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars, was born in St Louis, Mo.

1904        Apr 30, At 1:06 p.m. President Theodore Roosevelt officially opened the St. Louis World’s Fair commemorating the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Although the Fair was originally scheduled to open in 1903, the opening was delayed for a year while the elaborate fairgrounds were completed. Visitors were awed by 142 miles of exhibits shown in palatial buildings like Festival Hall the centerpiece of the fair boasting an auditorium seating 3,500 and the largest pipe organ in the world. Other wonders seen at the St. Louis World’s Fair were the Liberty Bell, ice cream cones. Food vendors, Arnold Fornachou (ice cream) and Ernest Hamwi (sweet, rolled wafers), collaborated for the ice cream cones. In 1903 Italo Marconi received a patent for pastry cornets to hold ice cream. Charles Menches sold ice cream at the fair and an anonymous Syrian sold the zalabia pastry in the next 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)
1904        Apr 30, Fletcher Davis offered hamburger sandwiches to the Saint Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Frank X. Tolbert (1946-1984), a historian from Texas, attributed the creation of the first hamburger to Athens, Texas, resident Fletcher Davis. Tolbert said believed that he began offering the sandwiches at a small lunch counter in the 1880s.
1904        Apr 30, 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.

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.

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.

1914        Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., opened.
    (SSFC, 11/12/06, p.G6)

1916        Sep 21, Ewing Marion Kauffman (d.1993) was born in Garden City, Missouri. In 1950 he formed Marion Laboratories and sold the company to Merrell Dow in 1989. He founded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 1966 to foster education and entrepreneurship.

1917        Jan 5, Jane Wyman (d.2007), film star, was born as Sarah Jane Mayfield Fulks in St. Joseph, Mo.
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.A2)

1917        The US Supreme Court struck down ordnances in St. Louis, Mo., that prevented anyone buying a home in a neighborhood with a population of more than 75% of another race.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.24)

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 217-foot 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)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.28)

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.

1929        St. Louis hired Archie William League as the first US air traffic controller. His first "control tower" at Lambert Field consisted of a wheelbarrow on which he mounted a beach umbrella for the summer heat. In it he carried a beach chair, his lunch, water, a notepad and a pair of signal flags to direct the aircraft.

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        Missouri became the first US state to use merit selection for judges. This became known as the “Missouri Plan."
    (Econ, 11/14/15, p.30)

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.

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

1950        The Univ. of Missouri admitted its first black student.
    (SFC, 11/9/15, p.A6)
1950        St. Louis, Mo., counted 856,796 residents in this year’s census. By 2010 the number had fallen to 319,294.
    (Econ, 12/19/15, p.36)

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.

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)

1957        Feb 10, Laura Ingalls Wilder (b.1867) died in Mansfield, Missouri. She is known for writing the “Little House on the Prairie" series of children’s books released from 1932 to 1943 that focused on a settler and pioneer family and were drawn from the author’s childhood experiences.

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.

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)

1969        Al Delugach (1925-2015) shared a Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting. He and Denny Walsh of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat had spent three years investigating the Steamfitters union, Local 562, revealing a pattern of labor racketeering that led to federal indictments for a kickback scheme related to the sale of insurance to the union’s pension fund.
    (SFC, 1/9/15, p.D5)

1971        In Missouri construction of the New Madrid County smelter was completed, after the state's governor convinced Associated Electric Cooperative to build the coal-fired plant next door to provide power. The smelter’s parent company landed in bankruptcy in 2016, under heavy debt and facing a flood of cheaper metals from China. Former Glencore Plc trader Matt Lucke bought the plant out of bankruptcy in 2016 for about $14 million. And Donald Trump’s trade war later helped revive US steel and aluminum producers. EPA data in 2019 showed the Magnitude 7 Metals facility and the power plant next door that supplies its electricity together emitted about 30,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution. In 2020 it was reported that death rates in the county from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are 87% higher than in the rest of the state.
    (Reuters, 6/2/20)

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.

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        Jul 25, Geneva Verneal Adams (53) disappeared after going dancing at Artesian Lounge in Herculaneum, Missouri. The person of interest in her disappearance, Jimmie Mills, was sent to prison on weapons charges in 2010. Mills was released in August of 2019. as of 2020 the case remained unsolved.
    (NBC News, 7/25/20)

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.

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.

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        Jun, In Missouri the body of Karla Jane Delcour (22) was found along an Interstate 44 service road. The crime had taken place at a home in Union, about 50 miles west of St. Louis. In 2019 Missouri police arrested Kirby King (64) and charged him with second-degree murder.
    (AP, 12/27/19)

1987        Dec 6, In Missouri 3 Satanist teenagers bludgeoned Steven Newberry (19), a learning-disabled youth, to death and blamed the incident on heavy metal inspired Satanism.

1988        Mar 15, NFL owners approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.

1988        Sep 1, Leonor Sullivan (b.1902), Rep-D-Missouri, (1955-77), died.

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        Feb 20, In Missouri Kathy Middleton died from a gunshot wound in her Blue Springs home. Her husband, Ken, insisted he did not kill his wife, but was sentenced to life and 200 years for first-degree murder.
    (AP, 3/3/20)

1990        Apr 16, The US 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.

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        Oct, In Missouri Gladys Kuehler (81) was beaten and sexually assaulted before being stabbed more than 50 times. In 1994 Walter Barton was convicted of killing Kuehler, who managed a mobile home. He was sentenced to death. Newly released blood spatter evidence cast doubt on the murder conviction days ahead of his scheduled May 19, 2020, execution.
    (The Independent, 5/14/20)

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        May 9-1993 Aug, Major flooding began in the Mississippi Valley. 1700 square miles flooded in Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Total damage was later estimated at $20 billion.
    (SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)

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        Aug 1, Ewing Marion Kauffman (b.1916) founder of Marion Laboratories (1950) and the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (1966), died in Kansas.

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        St. Louis, Missouri, recorded a record number of homicides this year with 267 dead. The city's population was about 387,000.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A5)

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)

1995        The Los Angeles Rams and Raiders left LA for St. Louis and Oakland. In 2016 the St Louis Rams were allowed to return to Los Angeles.
    (Econ, 1/16/16, p.35)

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

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        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        Feb 5, Susan Brouk (36) and her two children, aged 12 and 9, were found dead in a farm pond in Vichy, Missouri. Two teenagers, Mark Anthony Christenson (Christeson) (18) and Jesse Carter (17), charged in the slaying were arrested in Blythe, California, on Feb 9. Mark Christeson was executed on Jan 31, 2017.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/1/17, p.A6)

1998        Aug 11, Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Lisha Gayle (42) was stabbed to death during a robbery at her suburban home. In 2001 Marcellus Williams was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yarx46xw)(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A7)

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        Aug 5, In Missouri Sheila Box (36) was shot to death after leaving a Sikeston bar she co-owned with $300 in cash and checks. An informant later identified David Robinson (32) of Sikeston as being involved. Robinson was convicted in 2001 and served 17 years in prison before being released on clear evidence that he was not the killer. In 2020 Sikeston agreed to an $8 million wrongful conviction settlement with Robinson.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y7nzehyg)(SFC, 5/16/19, p.A4)

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.

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        Aug 5, In Missouri Megan Shultz (24) disappeared from her Columbia home. Her husband, Keith Comfort, told authorities that she walked out of their apartment after an argument at around 1 a.m. and never returned. On Aug. 5, 2019, Comfort (37) walked into the police station in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and confessed to killing his wife. On Sept. 18, 2019, her remains were found in a landfill.
    (AP, 9/19/19)

2006        Oct 6, John Jordan O’Neil (b.1911), aka “Buck" O’Neil, baseball’s charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador, died at a Kansas City, Missouri-area hospital. He barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of being elected to the Hall of Fame in February 2006.

2006        Oct 17, Megan Meier (b.1992) of Missouri committed suicide following a series of cruel messages on the MySpace online social network. In 2008 Lori drew (49) of Missouri was indicted for perpetrating an online hoax, which led to Meier’s suicide. Drew was convicted on Nov 26 of only three minor offenses for her role in the Internet hoax. The federal jury could not reach a verdict on the main charge against 49-year-old Lori Drew, conspiracy, and rejected three other felony counts of accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm. A final decision on the verdicts was still pending in 2009.
    (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.

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.

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        Nov 26, Missouri mother Lori Drew was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of three minor offenses for her role in the mean-spirited Internet hoax that apparently drove Megan Meier (13) to suicide in 2016. Drew’s convictions were later thrown out.
    (Detroit Free Press, 11/26/19, p.2A)

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        Sep 17, In Missouri Jason Moore (31), unarmed and naked, died after being shocked by the stun gun of police Officer Brian Kaminsky in Ferguson. In November, 2016, a federal jury awarded Moore’s family $3 million. The city soon appealed the verdict.
    (http://tinyurl.com/z467epd)(SFC, 1/20/17, p.A7)

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)

2011        Dec 20, In Missouri Anthony Lamar Smith (24) was shot and killed by police Officer Jason Stockley following a highspeed chase. Stockley later said he saw Smith holding a gun. Prosecutors said Stockley planted a gun after the shooting. An investigation showed that only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun. In 2017 Stockley was acquitted by a judge after Stockley asked the case to be decided by a judge instead of a jury.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y99b8ua2)(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)

2011        Dec 27, In Missouri Elizabeth Faria was found knifed to death in Lincoln County. Her husband Russell Faria was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction was overturned in 2013 and he was found not guilty in a retrial. In 2020 he reached a $2 million settlement with the sheriff's dept.
    (https://tinyurl.com/t79r868)(SFC, 3/31/20, p.A4)

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)

2014        Apr 13, In Kansas 3 people were killed after Frazier Glenn Miller (73) of Aurora, Mo., opened fire outside at two Jewish sites in Overland Park. On Aug 31, 2015 Miller, a former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party, was convicted of murder and other charges. On Sep 8, 2015, a jury recommended the death penalty.
    (SFC, 4/14/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/1/15, p.A5)(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A6)

2014        Jun 17, Missouri inmate John Winfield was executed by lethal injection for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996.
    (SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)

2014        Jun 24, In Kansas City, Mo., police officer Jacob Ramsey was making a warrant check when Anthony Contreras ran from a house. Police said he feared he was about to be shot and fired at Contreras, critically wounding him. On April 17, 2015, a prosecutor dismissed charges Ramsey, who was indicted in February by a grand jury for the non-fatal shooting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k437yhq)(Reuters, 4/17/15)

2014        Jul 16, Missouri executed John Middleton (54) for killing three people in 1995 out of concern that they would tell police of his methamphetamine dealing. This was Missouri’s 6th execution this year.
    (SFC, 7/17/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 6, Missouri executed Michael Worthington (43) for the 1995 killing of Melinda Griffin (24) during a robbery of her lake St. Louis condominium.
    (SFC, 8/7/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 9, Missouri police shot and killed Michael Brown (18), a black teenager recently graduated from high school graduate. Hundreds of angry residents came out of their apartments in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in a confrontation with police that lasted several hours.
    (AP, 8/10/14)

2014        Aug 10, Missouri police arrested 32 people after rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson late today and spread to neighboring towns in protests that turned violent over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer.
    (Reuters, 8/11/14)

2014        Aug 11, The US Federal Aviation Authority began imposing flight restrictions on more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Mo. The restrictions were lifted after 12 days and it was later reported that they had been imposed to keep away news helicopters during Ferguson’s violent street protests over the death of Michael Brown (18).
    (SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)

2014        Aug 13, Missouri police responded about an hour after midnight to reports of four or five men with shotguns and wearing ski masks. They encountered multiple suspects running, one of whom pulled a gun on an officer, who shot and critically wounded the man in Ferguson near the site of protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)

2014        Aug 14, Missouri's governor moved to calm days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)

2014        Aug 15, In Missouri Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson named Darren Wilson as the police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson last weekend, saying the officer had a good record and the incident came in the aftermath of a robbery in which the teen was a suspect. Protesters clashed with riot police in Ferguson for another night of civil unrest over the shooting death of Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14) (Reuters, 8/16/14)(AFP, 8/16/14)

2014        Aug 16, In Missouri vandals attacked stores in Ferguson early today, hours after police said the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in an incident that unleashed days of rioting was a robbery suspect. Protesters stormed into the same convenience store that Michael Brown was accused of robbing. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a midnight to 5 am curfew as he declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A7)

2014        Aug 17, In Missouri one person was shot and seven people were arrested early this morning as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew on Ferguson. The NY Times reported that a preliminary private autopsy report found that Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, was shot at least six times. Gov. Jay Nixon said he would send the National Guard into Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting.
    (AP, 8/17/14)(Reuters, 8/18/14)

2014        Aug 18, In Missouri police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late today, a day after Gov. Jay Nixon summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb. The violence left six wounded and led to 31 arrests. A third and final autopsy was performed on Michael Brown (18), shot and killed on Aug 9, for the Justice Department by one of the military's most experienced medical examiners.
    (AP, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 19, St. Louis, Missouri, officers shot dead an agitated man who yelled "kill me now" as he rushed at them with a knife during an apparent convenience store robbery.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)

2014        Aug 20, Missouri police overnight arrested nearly 50 protesters in Ferguson. US Attorney General Eric Holder planned to visit the suburb amid racially charged demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)

2014        Sep 2, In south Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Howell (34), a convicted felon, fatally shot 3 people and wounded two others. Howell was soon arrested and charged the next day.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)

2014        Sep 10, In Missouri Earl Ringo Jr. was executed by lethal injection. This was the state’s 8th execution this year. He had been convicted of a 1998 robbery and double murder.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 11, Missouri lawmakers voted to allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. The new legislation also allowed anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A8)

2014        Sep 17, In Missouri police shot and killed a man (42) after he slammed his vehicle into a police car and then fled. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots after the man allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 24, In Missouri Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez (30) was found guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)

2014        Oct 6, A US federal judge ruled that a “five-second rule" to keep protesters from remaining in place, imposed by police in Ferguson, Mo. following protests over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, was unconstitutional.
    (TIME, 10/20/14, p.13)

2014        Oct 8, In St. Louis, Mo., a police officer working as a security guard shot and killed Vonderrit D. Meyers. The officer fired 17 shots after Meyers fired three shots at him. A 9mm Ruger was recovered.
    (SFC, 10/10/14, p.A9)

2014        Oct 11, In St. Louis, Missouri, thousands gathered for a 2nd day of organized rallies and marches to protest the death of Michael Brown and other fatal police police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A9)

2014        Oct 29, The SF Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the World Series in the 7th games of the series in Kansas City.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A1)

2014        Nov 5, A Missouri state judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 24, A Missouri grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially charged rioting in Ferguson.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)

2014        Nov 28, In Missouri demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson at the start of the holiday shopping season as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some retailers around the country.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)

2014        Nov 29, Activists in Ferguson, Missouri, began a 120-mile march to the state capita in Jefferson City to protest the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)

2014        Nov 30, In Missouri Zemir Begic (32), an immigrant from Bosnia, was beaten to death in front of his fiancee and two friends in St. Louis. The next day the local Bosnian community called for more police presence as three black teenagers, Robert Joseph Mitchell (17) and two other suspects (15-16), were placed in custody.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.A16)

2014        Dec 4, In Kansas City, Mo., SUV driver Ahmed Aden (34), a local Somali of Chriostian faith, ran over a Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein (15) and drove away. Aden was charged with murder on Dec 5. Locals said he had been harassing the community with anti-Islamic taunts and violent threats.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lu84xv8)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A6)

2014        Dec 10, Missouri inmate Paul Goodwin (48) was executed for the fatal beating and sexual assault of Joan Crotts (63) in 1998. Goodwin reportedly had an IQ of 73.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)

2014        Dec 23, In Missouri a teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a suburb of St Louis. County police chief Jon Belmar said an 18-year-old suspect, identified as Antonio Martin, levelled a gun at an officer responding to a theft complaint at a gas station, leaving him with no alternative but to shoot.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)

2015        Jan 21, In St. Louis, Missouri, Isaac Holmes (19) was killed by police officers as he emerged from a wrecked stolen with a machine gun. In 2016 a special prosecutor ruled that the officers acted in self-defense.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hjpmuq8)(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)

2015        Mar 4, The US Justice Dept. released a report concluding that Missouri’s Ferguson Police Dept. was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents. The DOJ said police in Ferguson engaged in something like extortion to plug a hole in the city’s finances with traffic fines and court fees.
    (SFC, 3/4/15, p.A6)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.25)

2015        Mar 12, In Missouri two police officers were shot early today in Ferguson hours after the city's embattled police chief resigned. March 11 marked the 215th night of demonstrations in Ferguson.
    (AFP, 3/12/15)

2015        Mar 14, Missouri police arrested at least two people as nightly protests in the racially troubled US suburb of Ferguson over the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown shifted into the heart of St Louis.
    (AFP, 3/15/15)

2015        Apr 14, In Missouri Tyus Byrd (40) was sworn in as Mayor of Parma, population 713, after she beat longtime incumbent Randall Ramsey. Five of six police officers resigned shortly before she was sworn in as the town’s first African-American female mayor. They were joined by the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.

2015        May 23, Missouri law officers shot and killed James Barton Horn Jr. (47) at the J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area. His former girlfriend Sandra Kay Sutton (46) and her son (17) were found dead May 21 in Clinton. Sutton, had been held captive and escaped from Horn on April 30 and moved in with relatives.
    (SSFC, 5/24/15, p.A9)

2015        Jun 19, In southern Missouri flash floods forced evacuations after Tropical Depression Bill dumped seven inches of rain in the Ozarks overnight.
    (SFC, 6/20/15, p.A5)

2015        Jul 14, In Missouri David Zink (55) was executed for the 2001 sexual assault and killing of Amanda Morton (19).
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)

2015        Aug 5, In central Missouri a fire swept through a condominium building in Osage Beach, killing 4 young children.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A4)

2015        Aug 9, In Missouri police shot and critically wounded a man who opened fire at them in Ferguson, ending what had been a day of remembrance for a black teen killed a year earlier. Tyrone Harris Jr. (18) was wounded during a gun battle with plainclothes officers. Unrest in continued into the next day as St Louis County issued a state of emergency in Ferguson and county prosecutors charged Harris with four counts of assault on law enforcement and shooting at a motor vehicle.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)(http://tinyurl.com/p6xj8ov)

2015        Aug 19, St. Louis police shot and killed Mansur Ball-Rey (18) who reportedly fled a home and pointed a handgun at officers as they served a search warrant. The confrontation drew protesters and unrest onto the streets. An autopsy showed that Ball-Rey died from a single wound in the back.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.A7)(SFC, 8/22/15, p.A4)

2015        Sep 1, In Missouri Jeff Mizanskey, sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge, walked out of prison a free man. He had been sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6 pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.
    (AP, 9/1/15)

2015        Oct 2, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spared the life of death row inmate Kimber Edwards. He had been scheduled to die on Nov 10 for the 2010 contract killing of his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell.
    (SFC, 10/3/15, p.A6)

2015        Oct 8, In Missouri a series of church fires began in the St. Louis area. Over the next two weeks six area churches were set on fire.
    (SFC, 10/23/15, p.A11)

2015        Oct 12, In Kansas City, Mo., 2 firefighters were killed after a wall from a burning building collapsed on them. In 2018 nail salon manager Thu Hong Nguyen (46) was convicted of 2nd murder and 2nd degree arson. She was portrayed as someone who had a habit of burning businesses for insurance money.
    (SFC, 10/14/15, p.A12)(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A5)

2015        Nov 9, The president of the Univ. of Missouri system and the head of its flagship campus resigned under student complaints that the 4-college system was unresponsive to racial slurs and other slights.
    (SFC, 11/10/15, p.A6)

2015        Dec 30, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said at least 13 people have died since the weekend, when days of downpours from a massive winter storm system triggered the state's worst flooding in two decades.
    (Reuters, 12/30/15)

2015        Dec 31, Midwest floodwaters began receding. Three days of torrential rain, that had begun on Dec 26 across a wide swath of Missouri and Illinois, left 25 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/1/16, p.A7)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.25)

2016        Apr 19, A US federal judge approved an agreement between Ferguson, Mo., and the US Justice Dept. that calls for sweeping changes in the city where Michael Brown (18) was fatally shot on Aug 9, 2014, by a police officer.
    (SFC, 4/20/16, p.A7)

2016        May 2, A St. Louis jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson pay $55 million to a woman who claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A5)

2016        July 9, In Missouri an off-duty police officer shot and killed Tyler Gebhard (20), who had broken into his home after throwing a 50-pound planter box through a window. The officer and Gebhard had argued online over the Black Lives Matter movement.
    (SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)

2016        Jul 22, American Atheists Inc. and two Kansas City members filed suit against Kansas City, Mo., over the city’s planned use of $65,000 in tourism tax dollars to aid an upcoming Baptist convention.
    (SFC, 7/27/16, p.A6)

2016        Nov 20, In Missouri an ambush-style attack left a sergeant in St. Louis critically injured. The suspect was killed in a shootout with police.
    (SFC, 11/21/16, p.A6)(SFC, 11/22/16, p.A6)

2016        Dec 13, St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. shareholders overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.
    (AP, 12/13/16)

2016        St. Louis, Mo., with a population of 315,000 recorded 188 murders this year, the highest per person rate in the country. The city’s population had peaked in the 1950s at around 850,000 residents.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.24)

2017        Jan 31, Missouri executed Mark Christeson (37) for his role in the murder of Susan Brouk and her two children in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/1/17, p.A6)

2017        Feb 6, Missouri Rep. Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill making his state the 28th right-to-work state banning union fees and dues.
    (SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)

2017        Feb 9, In Missouri Frank Ancona (51), the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group, was fatally shot. His wife Melissa (44) and stepson Paul Edward Jinkerson (24) were soon charged with his murder. On April 19, 2019, Malissa Ancona was sentenced to life in prison following a deal in which she pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
    (SFC, 2/22/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/19, p.A6)

2017        Feb 28, Tornadoes and storms killed at least three people and destroyed homes in Illinois and Missouri. Tornado spotters reported at least 23 twisters in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Indiana.
    (Reuters, 3/1/17)(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A6)

2017        Mar 18, Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry (b.1926) died at his home in the St. Louis area. His 1958 hit "Johnny B. Goode" was so influential and recognizable that the US space program chose it to represent rock music for potential extraterrestrial listeners on the Voyager spacecraft.
    (AFP, 3/18/17)(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.A9)

2017        Apr 3, In St, Louis, Mo., three people were killed when an explosion launched a boiler through the roof of the Loy-Lange Box Company. A fourth person died of his wounds on April 5.
    (SFC, 4/4/17, p.A4)(SFC, 4/7/17, p.A7)

2017        Apr 20, In Missouri Clinton Willis killed two Laclede Gas utility workers in St. Louis before killing himself.
    (SFC, 4/22/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 30, Tornados and flooding in the South and Midwest US killed another 10 people including five in Arkansas, two in Missouri, two in Mississippi and one in Tennessee. The death toll from the weekend of storms claimed at least 16 lives.
    (SFC, 5/1/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)

2017        May 4,  A US circuit court judge lifted an injunction that had blocked a 2015 ordnance from becoming law in St. Louis, Mo. The city’s minimum wage will rise to $10 and hour as of May 5 and to $11 an hour in January.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A6)

2017        May, Missouri’s Republican legislature passed a measure barring local government from enacting minimum wages different from the state, which is $7.70 per hour. On August 8 Kansas City voters decided on whether or not to set the minimum wage to $10 per hour and increase it annually to $15 per hour in 2022.
    (SFC, 8/8/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 20, A federal judge in Ferguson, Mo., approved a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a white police officer on August 9, 2014.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)

2017        Jun 21, Missouri’s Attorney General Josh Hawkins said he is suing three large pharmaceutical companies (Endo Pharmaceutical, Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceutical) for fraud relating to the state's opioid crisis.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 23, In Missouri the Ferguson city attorney said the city’s insurance company has paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot dead by a police officer on August 9, 2014.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.A6)

2017        Jul 21, A US federal judge in St. Louis, Mo., approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.D1)

2017        Jul 23, In Missouri almost 100,000 people woke up without power after severe storms swept through the Kansas City area overnight.
    (SFC, 7/24/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul, Arkansas and Missouri temporarily banned the use the herbicide known as dicamba after farmers reported the agricultural chemical was drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops unable to resist. It has long been employed in the United States to kill weeds before fields were planted, but its use spiked after regulators last year approved a new formulation that allowed farmers to apply it to growing plants.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 22, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed Lisha Gayle during a robbery in 1998.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.A7)

2017        Sep 15, In St. Louis, Missouri, protests with vandalism and violence followed the acquittal of police Officer Jason Stockley who had shot a killed Anthony Lamar Smith (24) following a high speed chase in 2011. Smith was shot five times and prosecutors said Stockley had planted a gun on Smith following the shooting. Peaceful protests continued the next day.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y99b8ua2)(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A7)
2017        Sep 15, In Missouri Luther Hall was participating in a protest, working undercover following the acquittal of St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, who had been charged in the 2011 murder of a Black man suspected of selling drugs. In 2021 St. Louis agreed to a $5 million settlement with Hall, who was beaten by five white officers while working undercover.
    (AP, 2/16/21)

2017        Sep 23, In St. Louis, Missouri, a boy (2) accidentally killed his sleeping father, Darion Noble (27), while playing with a gun.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A5)

2017        Oct 3, St. Louis police arrested 143 people as demonstrators continued to protest the Sept. 15 acquittal of police Officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A5)

2017        Oct 13, Police in Ferguson, Mo., arrested five people following the latest round of protests over the acquittal of police Officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.
    (SSFC, 10/15/17, p.A5)

2017        Dec 1, In Missouri Benjamin Byers (45) of Kansas City was charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of his wife, one day after their daughter told a school counselor that she had seen lots of blood and glimpsed a body in the basement.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A4)

2018        Jan 10, Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitans acknowledged being unfaithful in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed a woman to stay quiet, following a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual report to the Legislature.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A16)

2018        Feb 6, In Missouri Democrats picked up a House seat as Mike Revis of Fenton defeated Republican David Linton to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated last September by Jon McCaherty.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A5)

2018        Feb 9, A major winter storm pounded the US Midwest and forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region. Winter weather this week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)

2018        Mar 6, Missouri police officers responding to a 911 call were sent to the wrong house in Clinton, where James Waters opened fire killing Officer Christopher Ryan Morton (30) and wounding two others before he died. The man who opened fire on the officers was out on bail for weapons and methamphetamine charges and was under investigation for a rape.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yd8t7wxu)(SFC, 3/9/18, p.A5)

2018        Mar 23, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said hundreds of people with active state driver's licenses are collecting from a pension fund set up for blind residents.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.A6)

2018        May 7, The US attorney's office announced that Taleb Jawher (40) has admitted to being in possession of a firearm while in the country illegally, which carries up to a 10-year sentence. The St. Louis gas station clerk facing a murder charge in the fatal shooting last September of customer Christopher Simmons (34). Jawher believed Simmons tried to steal candy and has pleaded guilty to a related federal gun charge.
    (AP, 5/8/18)

 2018        May 29, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (44) announced his resignation, effective June 1, amid criminal and legislative investigations stemming from an extramarital affair  and campaign finance questions.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A5)

2018        May, In Missouri David Robinson was freed from prison after serving 17 years for the 2000 murder of Sheila Box. In 2019 Robinson filed a federal suit alleging that police knew he was innocent and helped prevent his conviction from being overturned during two appeals.
    (SFC, 3/13/19, p.A5)

2018        Jun 1, Missouri governor Eric Greitens quit his position, but he approved 77 new laws before he officially left the building. One of those criminalized "nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images" (or threatening to do so)... which was the very thing that started his downfall. Lt. Gov. Mike Parson was sworn in as the state's new governor shortly after the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens took effect.
    (Engadget, 6/3/18)(SFC, 6/2/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 1, In Kansas City, Mo., a police chase ended with four people dead and four seriously injured. Victoria Brown (24), the dirver of a Jeep, fled had police and crashed into another car killing three occupants as well as one person in the Jeep. Brown was charged with 2nd-degree murder.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)

2018        Jul 15, In Kansas City, Mo., police fatally shot a man suspected of shooting and wounding three police officers.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)

2018        Jul 19, In Missouri a "duck boat" sank in a storm on Table Rock Lake outside of Branson, killing 17 people. The amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers. On July 29 a $100 million suit was filed on behalf of two of nine members of an Indiana family who died in the tragedy. On July 30 a suit for $125,000 was filed on behalf of three daughters of William and Michelle Bright of Higginsville, Mo.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A5)

2018        Aug 1, In Kansas City, Mo., Xindong Hao, a Christian missionary from China who was visiting with his wife and four children, was shot to death after he crossed paths with Curtail Hudson (18), who was shooting at people while high on drugs. Two other people were wounded before Hudson was arrested.
    (AP, 8/3/18)

2018        Sep 27, A new US federal plan was announced to clean up illegally dumped nuclear waste in Missouri buried near St. Louis' long-smoldering West Lake Landfill.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep, US federal appeals court judges ruled that Missouri can enforce a requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they can perform abortions.
    (SFC, 10/4/18, p.A7)

2018        Nov 6, Missouri became the 31st state to approve marijuana for medical use.
    (AP, 11/7/18)
2018        Nov 6, Missouri voters back a ballot initiative known as Clean Missouri. This put a squeeze on campaign contributions and limited the value of gifts and meals lobbyists could dish out. It also stated that an independent demographer would have the final say in the redistricting commission.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y5xxwtsa)(Econ., 9/12/20, p.24)

2018        Nov 19, In Missouri a man killed Jamie Schmidt (53), when she refused sexual demands, and assaulted two others inside a Catholic religious supplies store in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis. Thomas Bruce was later charged with first degree murder.
    (SFC, 1/12/19, p.A6)

2018        Dec 29, In Missouri police in St. Louis identified Richard Darren Emery (46) as the shooter in the overnight killing of his girlfriend (39), her two children and her mother.
    (SSFC, 12/30/18, p.A9)

2019        Jan 13, The FBI arrested Marzieh Hashemi (59), a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television's English-language service, after she arrived at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. She had filmed a Black Lives Matter documentary after visiting relatives in the New Orleans area. She has worked at the Iranian state broadcaster service for 25 years. Her son, Reza Hashemi, was also arrested.
    (AP, 1/16/19)(AP, 1/17/19)

2019        Jan 24, In Missouri police Officer Nathaniel Hendren shot and killed fellow Officer Katlyn Alix as the two engaged in a game of Russian roulette.
    (SSFC, 1/27/19, p.A10)

2019        Feb 6, In Missouri an oil leak attributed to the Keystone pipeline was discovered near St. Louis. Sections of both the Keystone pipeline and the Enbridge Inc.'s Platte pipeline were closed as crews sought the source of the leak. TransCanada later said at least 1,800 gallons had leaked.
    (SSFC, 2/10/19, p.A8)

2019        Mar 17, The Missouri River reached a record 30.2 feet in Iowa's Fremont County. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused flooding in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska with at least two deaths reported.
    (SFC, 3/18/19, p.A8)

2019        Mar 21, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency following extensive flooding.
    (SFC, 3/22/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 23, Henry Bloch (b.1922), co-founder of the H&R Bloch tax preparation company, died in Kansas City, Mo.
    (SSFC, 4/28/19, p.C10)

2019        May 17, Missouri's Republican governor, Mike Parson, signed a bill into law that prohibits women from seeking an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy, days after Alabama enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.
    (Reuters, 5/21/19)

2019        May 18, In France actress Eva Longoria said restrictive abortion laws passed in Alabama and Missouri are a threat to women, with stars set to protest against the bans on the Cannes red carpet.
    (AFP, 5/18/19)

2019        May 21, In Missouri two deaths were reported following a string of more than 30 tornadoes that damaged homes in Oklahoma before storms moved to the northeast.
    (SFC, 5/22/19, p.A6)

2019        May 24, Floodwaters from the Missouri River topped a levee at Jefferson City and shut down some streets around the state Capitol.
    (SFC, 5/25/19, p.A5)

2019        May 31, A US court ruled that abortion services can continue in Missouri for now, granting a temporary restraining order to keep open the sole clinic that performs the procedure, acting just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility’s license was set to expire.
    (AFP, 6/1/19)(SFC, 6/1/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 18, Kansas City, Mo., voters chose Quinton Lucas (34) as new city mayor. He and his family were often homeless during his childhood in the city.
    (SFC, 6/20/19, p.A10)

2019        Jul 6, In Missouri five people were found slain in an apartment building in St. Louis.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 15, Jerry Bausby (43) of Kansas City, Mo., was found guilty in the March 2016 death of his daughter, Daizsa Bausby (18). He was convicted of second-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse.
    (AP, 7/16/19)

2019        Jul 30, Authorities who had been searching a Missouri farm for two missing Wisconsin brothers found human remains there, more than a week after the pair disappeared during a trip for their livestock business. The farm was operated by Garland Nelson, who is accused of tampering with a vehicle that authorities say was rented by Nicholas Diemel (35), and his brother, Justin Diemel (24).
    (AP, 7/31/19)

2019        Aug 9, In Missouri Armin Harcevic a St. Louis County resident was sentenced to more than five years in prison for providing money for a man who fought and died for a terrorist organization in Syria. Court documents say Harcevic and five others conspired to support the activities of Abdullah Ramo Pazara, who before his death joined al-Qaida in Iraq, which evolved into the Islamic State.
    (AP, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 16, A Missouri man who shot two police officers while they were serving him an eviction notice surrendered to authorities this afternoon after a long standoff.
    (ABC News, 8/16/19)

2019        Aug 23, In Missouri a girl (8) was killed and three others injured in a shooting near a St. Louis high school, bringing the number of children killed by gunfire in the city to at least a dozen since June. Several people were detained for questioning.
    (AP, 8/25/19)

2019        Sep 5, A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a suspect who tried to pull a gun from his pocket during a struggle early today. The man killed was 28 years old and black; the officer who fired the fatal shot was the same age and also black.
    (AP, 9/5/19)

2019        Sep 13, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt referred 12 former clergy for potential criminal prosecution after his office completed a 13-month investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 18, Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant, unmarried and refused to have an abortion. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph said St. Therese School teacher Michelle Bolen was let go in 2015 because of poor performance.
    (AP, 9/19/19)

2019        Sep 19, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced he’s sending additional law enforcement officers to St. Louis to combat youth gun violence.
    (ABC News, 9/21/19)

2019        Oct 1, Missouri executed Russell Bucklew at Bonne Terre state prison for killing a man during a violent 1996 crime spree.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A6)

2019        Oct 20, A fire ravaged a St. Louis apartment where three small children were left alone. Six-month-old Damarion Eiland was found dead by firefighters who responded to the blaze at the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex. Two other children died over the next two days.
    (AP, 10/22/19)

2019        Oct 25, In Missouri a jury recommended that St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber be awarded nearly $20 million after finding the department discriminated against him because he's gay.
    (AP, 10/26/19)

2019        Nov 5, In Missouri voters in Kansas City overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King's name from one of the city's most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon. A group of residents intent on keeping The Paseo name began collecting petitions to put the name change on the ballot and achieved that goal in April.
    (AP, 11/6/19)

2019        Nov 14, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, a Bosnian immigrant living in St. Louis County, was sentenced to eight years in prison and will be deported for raising money to support terrorists.
    (AP, 11/15/19)

2019        Nov 18, In Missouri Jennifer Rothwell’s body was found late today about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of her home. Rothwell’s husband, Beau Rothwell (28), was in jailed without bond on charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.
    (AP, 11/20/19)

2019        Nov 26, Authorities arrested a southwest Missouri man who is suspected of killing a woman about four years ago and then stowing her body in a freezer in a storage unit.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 26, Missouri mother Nicole Mallat (36) went missing. A number of Mallatt's belongings were found Dec. 5 within 100 yards (91 meters) of her home Bates County, about 70 miles (110 km) south of Kansas City.
    (AP, 12/6/19)

2019        Dec 20, Former southwest Missouri sheriff's lieutenant David Hastings (68) was sentenced to six consecutive life terms for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. Jurors found Hastings guilty in October of 11 felonies, including statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2019        Dec 23, Missouri police arrested Kirby King (64). He was charged with second-degree murder in the 1987 death of Karla Jane Delcour (22). The crime took place at a home in Union, about 50 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri.
    (ABC News, 12/27/19)

2020        Jan 3, It was reported that Missouri’s two biggest cities saw a jump in homicides in 2019, and if that wasn’t bad enough, an alarming number of killers got away with it. St. Louis had 194 killings last year, eight more than in 2018. Kansas City’s homicide total rose by 10, to 148.
    (AP, 1/3/20)

2020        Jan 18, In Missouri church and civic leaders said nearly $13 million in medical debt was wiped out for 11,108 families in the St. Louis area with money raised by more than a dozen United Church of Christ congregations and the Deaconess Foundation.
    (SSFC, 1/19/20, p.A9)

2020        Feb 2, The average ticket price for today's showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers hit $5,828 on StubHub, the second-highest price seen for the Super Bowl over the last 10 years.
    (AP, 2/2/20)
2020        Feb 2, President Donald Trump used a Super Bowl pregame interview to rail against Democrats, accusing them of hatred and offering schoolyard insults about his potential 2020 rivals. Trump congratulated the state of Kansas and did not mention Missouri, where the Chiefs play their home games at Missouri-based Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs' won over the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.
    (AP, 2/2/20)(SFC, 2/3/20, p.A1)

2020        Feb 7, Vance Pearson, a former senior official of the United Auto Workers based in St. Louis, pleaded guilty to a corruption scheme that used union cash for vacation villas, golf, cigars and booze.
    (SFC, 2/10/20, p.A5)

2020        Feb 28, St. Louis police officer Nathaniel Hendren (30), accused of accidentally killing a female colleague while playing a variation of Russian roulette, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was accused of fatally shooting Katlyn Alix (24), also a St. Louis police officer, at his home in January 2019 while he was supposed to be on duty elsewhere.
    (AP, 2/28/20)

2020        Mar 2, In Missouri Jeremy Garnier (48) of St. Louis was arrested after he threatened to bomb and kill people while dressed as the Batman villain the Joker.
    (SFC, 3/6/20, p.A5)

2020        Mar 10, Five US states (Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho) held Democratic primaries, while North Dakota held a caucus. 352 delegates were up for grabs.
    (AP, 3/10/20)

2020        Mar 15, In Missouri 5 people including a police officer and a gunman died in a shooting at a Springfield gas station after gunman Joaquin Roman (31) went inside and opened fire.
    (Reuters, 3/16/20)(SFC, 3/17/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 20, A US federal judge approved the extradition of Adem Kostjerevac, a St. Louis County man, to Bosnia, where he faces a war crime charge. The government of Bosnia-Herzegovina has accused Kostjerevac of raping a pregnant Serbian prisoner in 1992. The final decision on extradition is up to the US Secretary of State.
    (AP, 3/23/20)

2020        Mar 29, A major storm moving through the central US brought at least 17 reported tornadoes overnight with eight in Iowa, three in Arkansas, one in Missouri, four in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. In Arkansas six people were hurt in the college town of Jonesboro.
    (Good Morning America, 3/29/20)(SFC, 3/30/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 4, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said his Stay-at-Home Order will begin April 6 and last through April 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Bloomberg, 4/4/20)

2020        Apr 21, Missouri's top state prosecutor announced a lawsuit, which alleges that Chinese officials are to blame for the pandemic that has sickened around 2.5 million worldwide, thrown tens of millions out of work and devastated local economies, including in China. US law generally prohibits such suits. The number of Missouri deaths from the coronavirus rose by 16 to 215.
    (AP, 4/22/20)

2020        Apr 28, Pastor Jim Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri, received approval for an amount between $650,000 and $1.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program funds. Weeks before, the New York and Missouri attorneys general, as well as the FDA and FTC, filed complaints alleging Bakker engaged in deceptive practices by touting purported health benefits of a silver product on The Jim Bakker Show — including a suggestion it could be used to treat or prevent COVID-19 infection, something the FDA says is false. In June, the Arkansas attorney general's office followed with its own lawsuit.
    (AP, 8/24/20)

2020        May 4, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson lifted many of the state's coronavirus restrictions and its stay-at-home order.
    (AP, 5/23/20)

2020        May 19, In Missouri Walter Barton (64) was put to death for fatally stabbing an 81-year-old woman nearly three decades ago, the first US execution since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.Barton had long maintained that he was innocent.
    (AP, 5/20/20)(SFC, 5/20/20, p.A4)

2020        May 23, Missouri has recorded has more than 11,844 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with at least 677 deaths.
    (Good Morning America, 5/23/20)

2020        May 25, Missouri's health director issued a dire warning after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together. Missouri has confirmed 11,988 cases of COVID-19 and 681 deaths.
    (SFC, 5/26/20, p.A5)

2020        May 29, Missouri's only abortion will be able to keep operating after a government administrator decided that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.
    (SFC, 5/30/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 2, In Missouri David Dorn (77), a former police captain, was shot and killed outside of a friend's pawn shop in St. Louis early today, during unrest in the city over George Floyd's death. The pawn shop was looted.
    (NBC News, 6/3/20)

2020        Jun 16, In Missouri a statue of Christopher Columbus that stood in a St. Louis park for 134 years was removed amid a growing national outcry against monuments to the 15th century explorer.
    (AP, 6/16/20)

2020        Jun 25, In Missouri Rapper Huey (32), best known known for the 2007 hit song "Pop, Lock & Drop It," was fatally shot and another man wounded during a late-night shooting outside St. Louis.
    (AP, 6/26/20)

2020        Jun 28, In Missouri Mark and Patricia McCloskey pointed guns at social justice demonstrators as they marched past the couple's home in a luxury St. Louis enclave. In June 2021 the couple pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. In early August Gov. Mike Parson pardoned the couple.
    (SFC, 8/4/21, p.A3)
2020        Jun 28, Tyson Foods said 371 employees at its chicken processing plant in Noel, Missouri, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 6/29/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 30, In Missouri Mark Harwood (20), a carjacker who shot and killed a woman in front of her three young children, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Harwood killed Porsha Owens (28) in June 2018 in the neighborhood where they both lived.
    (AP, 7/1/20)

2020        Jul 2, Jonathan Irons (40), a Missouri man serving a 50-year sentence for burglary and assault, was freed after his sentence was overturned. Maya Moore, the W.N.B.A. star, helped lead the campaign to free him.
    (NY Times, 7/2/20)

2020        Jul 7, It was reported that a local health department In southwestern Missouri revealed earlier this week that an overnight summer camp has seen scores of campers, counselors and staff infected with the coronavirus.
    (AP, 7/8/20)

2020        Jul 30, St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
    (AP, 7/31/20)

2020        Aug 4, In Missouri Cori Bush (44), a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer's fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century.
    (AP, 8/5/20)
2020        Aug 4, Missouri became the 38th state to approve the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare as voters approved the measure in a referendum conducted concurrently with the state’s primary.
    (Yahoo News, 8/5/20)(SFC, 8/6/20, p.A6)

2020        Aug 20, The Kansas City Chiefs said that after speaking with "a group of local leaders from diverse American Indian backgrounds and experiences," the team has decided to prohibit fans from donning headdresses or Native American-themed face paint at Arrowhead Stadium home games.
    (The Week, 8/20/20)

2020        Aug 30, St. Louis police officer Tamarris L. Bohannon (29) died after being shot in the head by a barricaded gunman on the city's south side. A suspect (43) was taken into custody.
    (AP, 8/30/20)

2020        Sep 17, In Missouri the shooting death of a woman in St. Louis marked the citys 195th homicide this year.
    (SFC, 9/19/20, p.A4)

2020        Sep 23, It was reported that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 9/23/20)

2020        Oct 5, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was cleared to return to work after battling the coronavirus. He and his wife tested positive on Sept. 23.
    (SFC, 10/6/20, p.A6)

2020        Oct 8, Missouri reported an increase of more than 1,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Total cases now numbered 137, 156 and 2,259 deaths since March.
    (SFC, 10/9/20, p.A8)

2020        Oct 10, Missouri reported 5,066 new coronavirus cases and 27 more deaths. Total confirmed cases reached 144,230 with 2,422 deaths.
    (SFC, 10/12/20, p.A4)

2020        Oct 18, Missouri and Vermont were alone in recording a more than 10 percent improvement in the average number of coronavirus cases reported over the last week. Cases rose between 10 and 50 percent in 27 other states, and increased by more than 50 percent in Connecticut and Florida.
    (The Week, 10/18/20)

2020        Oct 17, Missouri's first two licensed marijuana dispensaries opened in Ellisville and Manchester in the St. Louis area.
    (SFC, 10/22/20, p.A6)

2020        Oct 20, The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s coronavirus dashboard posted a message that the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 has been underreported since Oct. 17. The note blamed “challenges entering data" to the portal used by the US Department of Health and Human Services for collecting daily hospitalizations around the country.
    (AP, 10/23/20)

2020        Nov 10, Missouri woman Sedina Unkic Hodzic (41) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for conspiring and providing material support to terrorists.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y5b7pxx8)(SFC, 11/12/20, p.A4)

2020        Nov 19, US District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington blocked the federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year after her attorneys contracted the coronavirus visiting her in prison. She was scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004, using a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then using a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from the womb, authorities said.
    (AP, 11/19/20)

2020        Dec 20, In Missouri the Kansas City Star's top editor apologized for past decades of racially biased coverage and the newspaper has posted a series of stories examining how it ignored the concerns and achievements of Black residents and helped keep Kansas City segregated.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

2021        Jan 6, In Missouri the Kansas City Star published an editorial under the headline: "Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt." Hawley, a Missouri Republican, was at the forefront of a bid to block congressional certification of the Electoral College vote.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)

2021        Feb 1, Patricia Ashton Derges (63), a newly elected Missouri state representative, was charged by a federal grand jury in a 20-count indictment unsealed today, which alleged that she administered the fake treatments to clients at the Ozark Valley Medical Clinic. Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo removed Derges from all her committee assignments.
    (The Independent, 2/3/21)(AP, 2/3/21)

2021        Feb 6, In Missouri 117 inmates took over a section of the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis, injuring a corrections officer at the facility. Officials have said inmates were upset about conditions in the jail amid the pandemic. By 10 a.m. the situation had been contained after sheriff's deputies and police assisted.
    (AP, 2/6/21)(NBC News, 2/6/21)

2021        Mar 10, In Missouri Sean Lannon (47) was arrested in St. Louis. He was wanted in connection with a March 8 slaying in New Jersey and in the deaths of his ex-wife and three men whose bodies were found last week in New Mexico.
    (SFC, 3/11/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 17, Sean Lannon (47) was arrested in St Louis, Missouri driving the stolen car of his alleged New Jersey victim, Michael Dabkowski. Lannon said Dabkowski had sexually abused him as a child. Lannon soon claimed responsibility for 15 killings in New Mexico.
    (The Independent, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 21, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said it has agreed to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion in a cash-and-shares deal to create the first rail network connecting the United States, Mexico, and Canada, betting on a pick-up in North American trade.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)

2021        Mar 25, In Missouri, police fatally shot Malcolm Johnson (31) inside a Kansas City gas station. Officers were there to arrest Johnson in connection to a previous shooting.
    (Kansas City Star, 6/3/21)

2021        Apr 14, The southeastern Missouri city of Charleston agreed to pay $500,000 to settle its part in a lawsuit brought by the family of Tory Sanders, a Black man who died in jail in 2017 after having his neck pinned down for several minutes by the knee of a white sheriff.
    (AP, 4/15/21)

2021        Apr 21, Missouri state’s House of Representatives voted 153-0 to expel legislator Rick Roeber after an investigation by fellow lawmakers concluded that he had physically and sexually abused his children.
    (NY Times, 4/21/21)

2021        May 13, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid health care program to thousands of low-income adults after the Republican-led Legislature refused to provide funding for the voter-approved measure. He noted that the state's $35 billion budget approved by lawmakers last week didn't provide the funding he had requested for an expansion of Medicaid.
    (AP, 5/13/21)

2021        May 24, Missouri's  Republican Gov. Mike Parson appointed Judge Robin Ransom to be the first Black woman to serve on the state's Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 5/25/21, p.A3)

2021        Jun 7, Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson said that addressing the clemency petition to release a man imprisoned for over 40 years who prosecutors now maintain is innocent simply isn’t “a priority." Kevin Strickland, now 62, was convicted by an all-white jury of a Kansas City triple murder in April 1978. The only two eyewitnesses in the case have both recanted and advocated for his release. On Nov. 23, 2021, a judge ruled that be released.
    (The Grio, 6/11/21)(SFC, 11/24/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 9, A federal appeals court panel blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping 2019 state abortion law that bans procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy.
    (SFC, 6/10/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 12, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a new law that would ban state police from enforcing federal gun laws. On June 16 US Justice Dept. officials pointed out that federal law trumps state law under the US Constitution's Supremacy Clause.
    (SFC, 6/18/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 21, In Missouri 3 people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting in St. Louis.
    (NBC News, 6/22/21)

2021        Jun 23, It was reported that Missouri is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated.
    (AP, 6/23/21)

2021        Jun 30, It was reported that patients in southwestern Missouri were being turned away from an overwhelmed hospital amid a surge in cases. Large swaths of residents in the region had not been vaccinated.
    (SFC, 6/30/21, p.A4)

2021        Jul 1, US officials announced that a Homeland Security Investigations-led operation into human trafficking in Kansas and Missouri (June 17 to June 26) arrested 82 suspects and rescued 31 victims of sexual exploitation.
    (AP, 7/1/21)

2021        Jul 3, Tyson Foods Inc said it is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken over fears of possible exposure to a harmful bacteria. The products were made at a plant in Missouri between Dec 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021.
    (Reuters, 7/3/21)

2021        Jul 8, It was reported the Missouri is now leading the nation in new coronavirus cases averaging 1,000 a day. 45% of state residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
    (SFC, 7/8/21, p.A6)

2021        Jul 29, In Missouri the fast-spreading delta variant was invading the state. Just 47.5% of Missourians have initiated vaccination.
    (AP, 7/29/21)

2021        Aug 5, The White House said seven US states with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates account for half of the country's new cases and hospitalizations in the last week. They included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas. The CDC said COVID cases are up about 43% over the previous week and that daily deaths are up more than 39%.
    (AP, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 11, In Missouri Prinshun McClain (18) gunned down three people, including a young mother and her 8-year-old daughter, during two separate shootings at the victims' homes in St. Louis. He was soon arrested on the other side of the Mississippi River, in Granite City, Illinois.
    (NBC News, 8/13/21)

2021        Aug 18, The US Justice Department filed a statement of interest in an ongoing lawsuit in Cole County, Missouri, saying the state's Second Amendment Preservation Act, also known as "HB85," should be declared unconstitutional and that the court should issue a injunction barring its enforcement. HB85, which was signed into law in June, purports to nullify various federal firearms laws.
    (Reuters, 8/18/21)

2021        Aug 22, In Missouri the bodies of Allison Abitz (43) and her 11-year-old daughter, Jozee, were found at their home south of Columbia, Missouri. On Sept. 8 Abitz's boyfriend J.T. McLean (45) was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in South Dakota. McLean was also wanted for the slaying of two other people in Miller County, Missouri.
    (AP, 9/9/21)

2021        Aug, A new law put Missouri at the vanguard of states challenging federal authority on guns. The act declares that state laws, backed by the Second Amendment, supersede federal attempts to “require the registration or tracking" of guns, a broad description open to wide interpretation.
    NY Times, 9/9/21)

2021        Oct 5, Missouri executed Ernest Lee Johnson for three 1994 murders. His supporters, including Pope Francis, said his intellectual disabilities made the execution unconstitutional.
    (NY Times, 10/5/21)

2021        Oct 14, Republican Gov. Mike Parson condemned one of Missouri's largest newspapers for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers' Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the flaw until after the state could fix it.
    (AP, 10/14/21)

2021        Dec 3, Nebraska's state's health department said six cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been found, marking the sixth US state with confirmed cases.. New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported their first cases of the Omicron variant.
    (Reuters, 12/3/21)

2021        Dec 10, A devastating swarm of tornadoes ripped through six US states leaving a trail of destroyed homes and businesses along a path that stretched more than 200 miles. At least 64 people, including six children, lost their lives in Kentucky. At least 14 were killed in 4 other states. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said it received 36 reports of tornadoes touching down in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, and Mississippi.
    (Reuters, 12/11/21)(NY Times, 12/13/21)(SSFC, 12/12/21, p.A4)

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