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This day in St. Louis: March 19, 1903 - St. Louis chemist Armana Ravold produces solid evidence that waste dumped into rivers in Chicago could travel downstream to St. Louis and sicken people. Ravold dumped harmless bacilli into the river at Chicago, which then showed up in St. Louis tap water.

This day in St. Louis: March 19, 1903 - St. Louis chemist Armana Ravold produces solid evidence that waste dumped into rivers in Chicago could travel downstream to St. Louis and sicken people. Ravold dumped harmless bacilli into the river at Chicago, which then showed up in St. Louis tap water.

Our Director of Exhibitions and Research having fun with Step Inside Historic St. Louis! This program lets you step back in time and (through the magic of green screen) have your photo taken inside one of our historic images. See mohistory.org/calendar/step-inside for details.

Our Director of Exhibitions and Research having fun with Step Inside Historic St. Louis! This program lets you step back in time and (through the magic of green screen) have your photo taken inside one of our historic images. See mohistory.org/calendar/step-inside for details.

Pranksters put swimming wear on the statues in December 1967. Presumably, the gag was a play on the fuss over nudity in the late 1930s. (Renyold Ferguson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Pranksters put swimming wear on the statues in December 1967. Presumably, the gag was a play on the fuss over nudity in the late 1930s. (Renyold Ferguson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

This day in St. Louis: March 27, 1908 - The city announces plans to add an 11-story addition of patients' rooms to the City Hospital, which was nearly destroyed in a tornado. The addition will provide better light and ventilation in the highly polluted city. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: March 27, 1908 - The city announces plans to add an 11-story addition of patients' rooms to the City Hospital, which was nearly destroyed in a tornado. The addition will provide better light and ventilation in the highly polluted city. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: May 31, 1985 - Brewery heir August A. Busch IV is arrested after leading plainclothes drug detectives on a chase through the Central West End. He is acquitted in 1986 on charges he tried to run down two of the detectives in the chase. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: May 31, 1985 - Brewery heir August A. Busch IV is arrested after leading plainclothes drug detectives on a chase through the Central West End. He is acquitted in 1986 on charges he tried to run down two of the detectives in the chase. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: February 6, 1936 - The Mississippi River freezes over during one of the coldest winters in St. Louis history, prompting people to walk across it despite a warning from the Army Corps of Engineers against such actions. via stltoday.com

This day in St. Louis: February 6, 1936 - The Mississippi River freezes over during one of the coldest winters in St. Louis history, prompting people to walk across it despite a warning from the Army Corps of Engineers against such actions. via stltoday.com

This day in St. Louis: January 10, 1962 - A grain dust explosion ripped through the Ralston Purina mill, starting one of the city's most spectacular fires. It also killed two employees and a firefighter. #STL250 via stltoday.com

This day in St. Louis: January 10, 1962 - A grain dust explosion ripped through the Ralston Purina mill, starting one of the city's most spectacular fires. It also killed two employees and a firefighter. #STL250 via stltoday.com

This day in St. Louis: June 4, 1874 - The Eads Bridge formally opens to the public with hundreds of wagons lining up to make their first trip across the Mississippi River. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: June 4, 1874 - The Eads Bridge formally opens to the public with hundreds of wagons lining up to make their first trip across the Mississippi River. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: May 27, 1896 - In 20 minutes, a super tornado called the Great Cyclone kills 255 people as it slices like a turbine through St. Louis and East St. Louis. Its wide path left a ruin of 7,500 buildings damaged or destroyed. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: May 27, 1896 - In 20 minutes, a super tornado called the Great Cyclone kills 255 people as it slices like a turbine through St. Louis and East St. Louis. Its wide path left a ruin of 7,500 buildings damaged or destroyed. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: June 3, 1937 - The Supreme Court declines to hear the case of 37 property owners being forcefully removed to make way for the riverfront memorial in St. Louis. The move clears the way for demolition, and 40 blocks of the riverfront soon disappear. #stl250

This day in St. Louis: June 3, 1937 - The Supreme Court declines to hear the case of 37 property owners being forcefully removed to make way for the riverfront memorial in St. Louis. The move clears the way for demolition, and 40 blocks of the riverfront soon disappear. #stl250

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