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5 Fun Facts About August 30 In Missouri History

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1. Missouri Joins the Union
August 30, 1821, marked a significant day in Missouri history when Missouri officially became the 24th state to join the Union.

2. First Municipal Opera
The first Municipal Opera performance was put on August 30, 1919, at the Municipal Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. The Municipal Opera has been performing throughout the summer months each year since its inception.

3. Missouri State Fair
The Missouri State Fair opens every year in Sedalia, Missouri, in August. The fair has been a Missouri tradition since 1901 and features a variety of agricultural and entertainment events.

4. First Black-Owned Bus Company in St. Louis
On August 30, 1944, the first black-owned bus company in St. Louis, Missouri, began operations. The bus company was called the Jefferson Avenue Bus Line and provided transportation to African American residents who were experiencing discrimination from the city's other transportation companies.

5. Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin, a famous ragtime composer, was born in Texas but spent a significant portion of his life in Missouri. Joplin moved to Sedalia, Missouri, in 1894, and began publishing his most famous pieces of music, including "The Entertainer," in the early 1900s. Joplin's music had a significant impact on American music and culture, and his legacy lives on in Missouri and beyond.
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