This Date in Missouri Senate History


This Date in Missouri Senate History is a periodic feature that highlights a specific date in history that either relates to or was made by the Missouri Senate.


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January

Jan. 1, 1851 — The first week of the 16th General Assembly

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Jan. 2, 1859 — End of the first week of the First Session of the 20th General Assembly

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Jan. 3, 1827 — The final day of the Fourth General Assembly

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Jan. 4, 1860 — The Missouri General Assembly puts in the place actions to create Missouri’s first board of education.

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Jan. 5, 1857 — Trusten Polk becomes Missouri governor, but only serves briefly.

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Jan. 6, 1943 — Opening day of the Regular Session of the 62nd General Assembly

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Jan. 7, 1861 — Beginning of the second week of the Regular Session of the 21st General Assembly

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Jan. 8, 1863 — Third week of the Regular Session of the 22nd General Assembly

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Jan. 9, 1865 — Beginning of the third week of the Regular Session of the 23rd General Assembly

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Jan. 10, 1867 — Beginning of the second week of the First Session of the 24th General Assembly

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Jan. 11, 1865 — Missouri abolishes slavery.

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Jan. 12, 1868 — The end of the first week of the Adjourned Session of the 24th General Assembly

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Jan. 13, 1875 — Former Missouri Sen. Michael Kinney of St. Louis, Missouri’s longest-serving state senator, is born.

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Jan. 14, 1869 — The second week of the Regular Session of the 25th General Assembly

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Jan. 15, 1857 — The second week of the Adjourned Session of the 25th General Assembly

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Jan. 16, 1860 — The final day of the Adjourned Session of the 20th General Assembly

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Jan. 17, 1857 — Columbia Baptist Female College, now known as Stephens College, is first incorporated.

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Jan. 18, 1871 — The beginning of the third week of the Regular Session of the 26th General Assembly

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Jan. 19, 1873 — The end of the third week of the Regular Session of the 27th General Assembly

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Jan. 20, 1874 — The end of the second week of the Adjourned Session of the 27th General Assembly

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Jan. 21, 1826 — The final time the Missouri Senate would meet in St. Charles.

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Jan. 22, 1875 — The beginning of the third week of the Regular Session of the 28th General Assembly

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Jan. 23, 1829 — The Legislature creates the Missouri State Library.

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Jan. 24, 1877 — The beginning of the third week of the Regular Session of the 29th General Assembly

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Jan. 25, 1837 — The Legislature creates the Missouri State Medical Association.

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Jan. 26, 1849 — The Jackson-Napton resolutions are introduced in the Missouri Senate.

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Jan. 27, 1879 — The end of the third week of the Regular Session of the 30th General Assembly

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Jan. 28, 1853 — The Legislature grants charter to Christian University in Canton.

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Jan. 29, 1881 — The middle of the fourth week of the Regular Session of the 31st General Assembly

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Jan. 30, 1863 — The Legislature incorporates Mission Free School of St. Louis.

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Jan. 31, 1883 — The beginning of the second month of the Regular Session of the 32nd General Assembly

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February

Feb. 1, 1885 — The beginning of the fifth week of the Regular Session of the 33rd General Assembly

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Feb. 2, 1837 — The Bank of the State of Missouri is chartered.

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Feb. 3, 1887 — The beginning of the second month of the Regular Session of the 34th General Assembly

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Feb. 4, 1889 — The beginning of the sixth week of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly

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Feb. 5, 1911 — Lightning destroys Missouri’s second State Capitol building.

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Feb. 6, 1891 — The middle of the fifth week of the Regular Session of the 36th General Assembly

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Feb. 7, 1893 — The end of the fifth week of the Regular Session of the 37th General Assembly

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Feb. 8, 2007 — Former Missouri Sen. and Lt. Gov. Harriet Woods passes away.

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Feb. 9, 1839 — Missouri starts its own public school system.

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Feb. 10, 1895 — Near the halfway mark of the Regular Session of the 38th General Assembly

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Feb. 11, 1839 — The University of Missouri is chartered by the state Legislature.

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Feb. 12, 1853 — Lawmakers charter Boonville College.

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Feb. 13, 1897 — The approximate halfway point of the Regular Session of the 39th General Assembly

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Feb. 14, 1833 — The final day of the First Session of the Seventh General Assembly

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Feb. 15, 1843 — A day during the First Session of the 12th General Assembly

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Feb. 16, 1995 — The Missouri Senate is sent House Bill 84, also known as “The Mule Bill.”

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Feb. 17, 1892 — The beginning of the Extra Session of the 36th General Assembly

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Feb. 18, 1843 — Nearing the end of the First Session of the 12th General Assembly.

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Feb. 19, 1907 — Smallpox is making its way through our state, en route to the Capitol.

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Feb. 20, 1907 — The Missouri Senate adopts a resolution relating to a smallpox outbreak in the Show-Me State.

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Feb. 21, 1907 — A smallpox outbreak could have led to ending the legislative session.

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Feb. 22, 1853 — The Missouri Legislature grants charter to Washington University.

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Feb. 23, 1853 — The Missouri Legislature charters Westminster College in Fulton.

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Feb. 24, 1870 — Both the College of Agriculture and the School of Mines and Metallurgy are established by the Missouri General Assembly.

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Feb. 25, 1907 — Another day under a smallpox outbreak in Jefferson City

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Feb. 26, 1871 — Former Missouri Sen. and Gov. Abraham Williams is born.

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Feb. 27, 1855 — The Missouri Legislature places the Missouri School for the Blind under state control.

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Feb. 28, 1851 — The Missouri General Assembly establishes the Missouri School for the Deaf.

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March

Mar. 1, 1855 — Central Methodist College in Fayette is incorporated by the Missouri Legislature.

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Mar. 2, 1860 — The fifth day of the Called Session of the 20th General Assembly

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Mar. 3, 1857 — The last Tuesday of the First Session of the 19th General Assembly

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Mar. 4, 1849 — A Missourian serves as U.S. president, if only for a day.

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Mar. 5, 1997 — The 33rd day of the First Regular Session of the 89th General Assembly

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Mar. 6, 1861 — Toward the end of the First Session of the 21st General Assembly

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Mar. 7, 1859 — Toward the end of the First Session of the 20th General Assembly

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Mar. 8, 1988 — Missouri hosts its first presidential primary, after years of holding a caucus.

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Mar. 9, 1899 — The State Historical Society of Missouri is incorporated.

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Mar. 10, 1868 — Approximately two and a half months into the Adjourned Session of the 24th General Assembly

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Mar. 11, 1859 — Near the end of the First Session of the 20th General Assembly

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Mar. 12, 1849 — The Missouri-Pacific Railroad is chartered.

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Mar. 13, 1915 — The Missouri Commission for the Blind is created.

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Mar. 14, 1782 — Thomas Hart Benton is born.

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Mar. 15, 1907 — State representatives approve a Missouri Senate resolution that gives the Show-Me State the ability to let citizens draft initiative petitions and referendums to be determined on ballots.

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Mar. 16, 1868 — Third month of the Adjourned Session of the 24th General Assembly

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Mar. 17, 1905 — Southwest Missouri State Teachers College is established in Springfield.

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Mar. 18, 1868 — Multiple days into the Adjourned Session of the 24th General Assembly.

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Mar. 19, 1870 — The First District Normal School is established by the Missouri General Assembly.

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Mar. 20, 1907 — The Missouri Legislature establishes the Missouri Library Commission.

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Mar. 21, 1826 — The Missouri General Assembly meets in St. Charles for the final time.

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Mar. 22, 1913 — Missouri’s official state flag is adopted.

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Mar. 23, 1903 — The Legislature passes a measure requiring licensing vehicles.

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Mar. 24, 1911 — The Missouri General Assembly passes legislation to pay for a new Capitol.

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Mar. 25, 1905 — The Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville is created by the Legislature.

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Mar. 26, 1845 — The final Wednesday of the First Session of the 13th General Assembly

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Mar. 27, 1845 — Second-to-last day of the First Session of the 13th General Assembly

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Mar. 28, 1845 — Final day of the First Session of the 13th General Assembly

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Mar. 29, 1883 — The Missouri General Assembly creates the State Board of Health.

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Mar. 30, 1927 — The Missouri General Assembly passes legislation designating the bluebird as the official state bird.

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Mar. 31, 1875 — Third day of the Special Session of the 28th General Assembly

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April

Apr. 1, 1872 — The last day comes for the 26th General Assembly’s Adjourned Session.

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Apr. 2, 1879 — 67th day of the Regular Session of the 30th General Assembly

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Apr. 3, 1879 — 68th day of the Regular Session of the 30th General Assembly

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Apr. 4, 1879 — Toward the end of the Regular Session of the 30th General Assembly

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Apr. 5, 1879 — Missouri senators hold a rare Saturday session.

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Apr. 6, 1889 — 73rd day of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly, another Saturday

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Apr. 7, 1877 — 79th day of the Regular Session of the 29th General Assembly

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Apr. 8, 1889 — 74th day of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly

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Apr. 9, 1909 — 64th day of the Regular Session of the 45th General Assembly

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Apr. 10, 1929 — 70th day of the Regular Session of the 55th General Assembly

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Apr. 11, 1811 — Charles Daniel Drake is born. The one-time state lawmaker is best-known for his action during the Civil War.

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Apr. 12, 1899 — 70th day of the Regular Session of the 40th General Assembly

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Apr. 13, 1931 — 71st day of the Regular Session of the 56th General Assembly

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Apr. 14, 1933 — 79th day of the Regular Session of the 57th General Assembly

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Apr. 15, 1933 — Missouri senators gather for another Saturday session, one day before Easter.

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Apr. 16, 1941 — 70th day of the Regular Session of the 61st General Assembly

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Apr. 17, 1802 — Former lawmaker John Bullock Clark, Sr., is born.

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Apr. 18, 1941 — 72nd day of the Regular Session of the 61st General Assembly

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Apr. 19, 1878 — The first telephone exchange is established in Missouri.

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Apr. 20, 1835 — St. Louis hosts the first Missouri railroad convention.

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Apr. 21, 1882 — The third day of the Extra Session of the 31st General Assembly

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Apr. 22, 1927 — The Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men At Algoa is formed.

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Apr. 23, 1895 — The beginning of the Extra Session of the 38th General Assembly

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Apr. 24, 1931 — A Missouri Senate bill is signed into law that creates the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Apr. 25, 1941 — 77th day of the Regular Session of the 61st General Assembly

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Apr. 26, 1943 — 64th day of the Regular Session of the 62nd General Assembly

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Apr. 27, 1943 — 65th day of the Regular Session of the 62nd General Assembly

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Apr. 28, 1943 — 66th day of the Regular Session of the 62nd General Assembly

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Apr. 29, 1895 — Fifth day of the Extra Session of the 38th General Assembly

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Apr. 30, 1904 — The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, more commonly known as the World’s Fair, opens in St. Louis.

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May

May. 1, 1899 — This marks the 84th day of the Regular Session of the 40th General Assembly.

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May. 2, 1820 — Delegates to Missouri’s first constitutional convention are elected.

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May. 3, 1999 — Missouri senators gavel in for a rare Sunday session during the First Regular Session of the 90th General Assembly.

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May. 4, 1998 — 63rd day of the Second Regular Session of the 89th General Assembly

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May. 5, 1775 — Missouri’s first governor is born.

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May. 6, 1889 — 97th day of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly

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May. 7, 1848 — Former Missouri lawmaker William Stone is born.

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May. 8, 1884 — Former Pres. Harry S Truman is born.

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May. 9, 1919 — The final day of the Regular Session of the 50th General Assembly

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May. 10, 1871 — The Missouri Legislature establishes Normal School No. 2 in Warrensburg.

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May. 11, 1887 — The start of the Extra Session of the 34th General Assembly

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May. 12, 1929 — Missouri senators hold a Sunday memorial service.

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May. 13, 1807 — Missouri’s territorial Legislature passes an act relating to divorce and alimony.

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May. 14, 1932 — Missouri’s first female, African-American Missouri senator — Gwen Giles — is born.

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May. 15, 1861 — The final day of the Called Session of the 21st General Assembly

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May. 16, 1929 — The 99th day of the Regular Session of the 55th General Assembly

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May. 17, 1929 — The 100th day of the Regular Session of the 55th General Assembly

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May. 18, 1929 — This is the the final Saturday of the Regular Session of the 55th General Assembly.

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May. 19, 1931 — The second day of the impeachment hearing against former State Treasurer Larry Brunk

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May. 20, 1879 — The final day of the Regular Session of the 30th General Assembly

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May. 21, 1935 — The 100th day of the Regular Session of the 58th General Assembly

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May. 22, 1899 — The last day of the Regular Session of the 40th General Assembly

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May. 23, 1889 — The 112th day of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly

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May. 24, 1889 — The final day of the Regular Session of the 35th General Assembly

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May. 25, 1935 — The 104th day of the Regular Session of the 58th General Assembly

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May. 26, 1971 — The 73rd day of the First Regular Session of the 76th General Assembly

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May. 27, 1931 — The 10th day of the impeachment trial against former State Treasurer Larry Brunk

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May. 28, 1935 — The final day of the Regular Session of the 58th General Assembly

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May. 29, 1931 — The 12th day of the impeachment trial of former State Treasurer Larry Brunk

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May. 30, 1939 — The 105th day of the Regular Session of the 60th General Assembly

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May. 31, 1953 — Former Missouri Supreme Court judge, and Missouri state representative, Ronnie White is born.

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June

Jun. 1, 1931 — The 14th day of the impeachment trial of former State Treasurer Larry Brunk

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Jun. 2, 1862 — Loyalty oaths are adopted in Missouri.

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Jun. 3, 1850 — The Town of Kansas is incorporated.

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Jun. 4, 1812 — Congress establishes the Territory of Missouri.

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Jun. 5, 1931 — The 18th day of the impeachment trial of former State Treasurer Larry Brunk, a trial that would end in one week.

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Jun. 6, 1865 — The “Drake Constitution” is ratified by Missouri voters.

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Jun. 8, 1872 — The day the governor calls lawmakers back into Jefferson City.

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Jun. 9, 1813 — James Minor is born.

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Jun. 10, 1929 — The Legislature incorporates the University of Kansas City.

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Jun. 11, 1861 — State leaders meet to decide Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War.

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Jun. 12, 1861 — Missouri Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson issues a war proclamation.

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Jun. 15, 1861 — Federal troops overtake Jefferson City in the early months of the Civil War.

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Jun. 17, 1916 — The first African-American female to be elected to the Missouri Legislature is born.

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Jun. 19, 2003 — The Missouri General Assembly commemorates Emancipation Day.

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Jun. 20, 1955 — The flowering dogwood becomes Missouri’s official tree.

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Jun. 24, 1872 — First day of the Called Session of the 26th General Assembly

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Jun. 25, 1866 — Lincoln Institute is incorporated.

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Jun. 26, 1872 — Third day of the Called Session of the 26th General Assembly

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Jun. 27, 1807 — The Territorial Legislature passes a law allowing slaves to sue for freedom.

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Jun. 28, 1821 — The final day of the First Extra Session of the First General Assembly

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Jun. 30, 1949 — The “Missouri Waltz” becomes our state’s official song.

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July

Jul. 1, 1917 — Missouri’s first income tax takes effect.

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Jul. 3, 1919 — The Missouri Senate ratifies the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

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Jul. 13, 1917 — The Lead Belt Mining riot begins.

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Jul. 15, 1820 — Former Missouri Gov., and Sen., Charles Henry Hardin is born.

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Jul. 19, 1820 — Missouri’s first constitution is adopted.

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Jul. 21, 1967 — The Missouri Legislature chooses to make Mozarkite the official state rock.

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Jul. 22, 1861 — Hamilton Gamble is appointed Missouri’s new governor.

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Jul. 25, 1933 — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is created by the Missouri General Assembly.

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August

Aug. 4, 1825 — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Abraham J. Williams is sworn in as our state’s third governor.

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Aug. 10, 1821 — The day Missouri became the 24th state

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Aug. 17, 1845 — Beginning of the state constitutional convention

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Aug. 28, 1820 — The first elections are held in Missouri, designating governor, lieutenant governor, state senators and representatives, congressmen and county officers.

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Aug. 29, 1933 — The Missouri General Assembly ratifies what would become the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would end Prohibition.

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Aug. 30, 1852 — Start of the First, or Extra, Session of the 17th General Assembly

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Aug. 31, 1920 — Marie Byrum of Hannibal becomes the first Missouri woman to vote.

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September

Sep. 4, 1793 — The day Edward Bates is born.

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Sep. 6, 1937 — The day the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole is established by the Legislature.

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Sep. 7, 1955 — The Kansas City School District begins the process of desegregation.

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Sep. 9, 1901 — The first Missouri State Fair is held.

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Sep. 12, 1961 — Former Gov., and Missouri Sen., Phil Donnelly passes away.

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Sep. 16, 1817 — The birth date of former State Rep. and U.S. Sen. Waldo Johnson

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Sep. 18, 1820 — The First Regular Session of the First General Assembly meets for the first time in St. Louis.

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Sep. 22, 1954 — Riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary begin.

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Sep. 30, 1836 — Lt. Gov., and former Missouri Sen., Lilburn Boggs becomes Missouri’s sixth governor.

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October

Oct. 1, 1826 — Jefferson City is chosen as the permanent seat of state government.

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Oct. 2, 1820 — The day both Thomas Hart Benton and David Barton are selected to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate.

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Oct. 19, 1857 — Start of the Adjourned Session of the 19th General Assembly

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Oct. 19, 2022 — This is “Missouri Day,” which is created by the Legislature on March 22, 1915. “Missouri Day” is always celebrated on the third Wednesday in October.

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Oct. 27, 1838 — Gov. Lilburn Boggs issued Executive Order 44, also known as the “Extermination Order.”

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Oct. 28, 1861 — The Missouri General Assembly starts debate on a bill to secede from the Union.

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Oct. 31, 1861 — The Confederate General Assembly starts session.

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November

Nov. 1, 1821 — St. Charles becomes the temporary home for state government.

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Nov. 2, 1865 — Second day of the Adjourned Session of the 23rd General Assembly

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Nov. 3, 1992 — Missouri voters see several ballot issues with implications to the Legislature.

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Nov. 4, 1822 — Start of the Second General Assembly

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Nov. 5, 1796 — Birth of former Missouri and U.S. Sen. Lewis Fields Linn

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Nov. 6, 1821 — Second day of the Second Session of the First General Assembly

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Nov. 7, 1972 — Missouri’s first female state senator is first-elected to the Missouri Senate.

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Nov. 10, 1863 — First day of the Adjourned Session of the 22nd General Assembly

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Nov. 15, 1837 — Missouri’s first State Capitol building burns.

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Nov. 16, 1824 — Second day of the First Session of the Third General Assembly

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Nov. 17, 1845 — Missouri’s second constitutional convention begins.

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Nov. 18, 1828 — The second day of the Fifth General Assembly

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Nov. 19, 1830 — The fourth day of the Sixth General Assembly.

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Nov. 20, 1838 — The governor delivers his biennial address to the Missouri General Assembly.

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Nov. 21, 1832 — Third day of the Seventh General Assembly

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Nov. 22, 1834 — Sixth day of the Eighth General Assembly

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Nov. 23, 1836 — Third day of the Ninth General Assembly

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Nov. 24, 1838 — Fifth day of the 10th General Assembly

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Nov. 25, 1840 — Second week of the 11th General Assembly

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Nov. 26, 1842 — Fifth day of the 12th General Assembly

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Nov. 27, 1844 — Ninth day of the 13th General Assembly

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Nov. 28, 1846 — Third week of the 14th General Assembly

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Nov. 29, 1795 — Birth date of Robert William Wells, a former Missouri state representative who designs the state seal

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Nov. 30, 1855 — The approximate middle-point of the Adjourned Session of the 18th General Assembly

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December

Dec. 1, 1863 — The State Board of Agriculture is created

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Dec. 2, 1846 — Missouri senators vote to go into secret session.

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Dec. 6, 1871 — The beginning of the Adjourned Session of the 26th General Assembly

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Dec. 9, 1824

The Missouri General Assembly passes the state's first liquor law.

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Dec. 12, 1839 — A truce ends the “Honey War” between Missouri and Iowa.

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Dec. 14, 1796 — Former Missouri Sen. Lilburn Boggs is born.

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Dec. 17, 1861 — A test oath for state voters takes effect.

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Dec. 25, 1848 — The First Regular Session of the 15th General Assembly begins.

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Dec. 26, 1854 — The second day of the First Session of the 18th General Assembly

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Dec. 27, 1838 — The Missouri Legislature incorporates several new academic institutions.

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Dec. 28, 1852 — The second day of the Second Session of the 17th General Assembly

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Dec. 29, 1856 — The first day of the First Session of the 19th General Assembly

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Dec. 30, 1826 — The Missouri General Assembly abolishes the whipping post, pillory and stocks as a means of punishment.

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Dec. 31, 1821 — The governor signs the bill that makes Jefferson City the official, new state capital.

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