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5 Fun Facts About April 7 In Missouri History

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1) On April 7, 1936, the notorious outlaw Jesse James' grave was exhumed in Kearney, Missouri, as authorities sought to confirm his identity. His remains were positively identified through comparison to a photograph of the outlaw taken shortly before his death.

2) In 1923, on April 7, Missouri State Highway officials announced plans to designate a new route for the Chicago-to-Kansas City highway, which would become known as Route 66. This iconic road became a symbol of American freedom and adventure for travelers in the 20th century.

3) On April 7, 1822, Missouri Governor Alexander McNair signed a bill that established the University of Missouri, making it the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, the university is a major center of research and education, and is home to numerous nationally ranked programs.

4) In 1930, on April 7, a massive tornado struck the town of St. Louis, killing 137 people and injuring over 1,000 others. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita scale, and was one of the deadliest storms in Missouri history.

5) On April 7, 1989, the much-anticipated opening of the new Busch Stadium II took place in St. Louis. The stadium, located in downtown St. Louis, was the home of the St. Louis Cardinals for over 40 years until it was replaced by Busch Stadium III in 2006. Notably, the legendary baseball player Stan Musial hit the stadium's first home run during its inaugural game.
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