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5 Fun Facts About February 3 In Missouri History

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1. On February 3, 1875, the St. Louis Coliseum opened. The massive indoor arena hosted a number of events over the years, including circuses, concerts, and sporting events. It was eventually torn down in 1919 to make way for Union Station.

2. In 1943, Missouri native and Army pilot Chuck Yeager achieved one of the greatest feats in aviation history when he broke the sound barrier for the first time. Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane to a speed of 700 miles per hour over the Mojave Desert, becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

3. On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper played their final concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before their tragic deaths in a plane crash the next day. The event has become known as "The Day the Music Died," immortalized in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean.

4. In 1993, the Great Flood of 1993 began in Missouri and several other states, causing billions of dollars in damage and claiming 50 lives. The flooding was caused by months of heavy rainfall and overflow from the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

5. On February 3, 2008, the New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants in one of the most memorable upsets in NFL history. The Patriots had entered the game with a perfect 18-0 record, but the Giants pulled off a stunning 17-14 victory thanks in part to a game-winning touchdown catch by David Tyree.
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