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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Missouri History

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1. In 1805, Missouri's first newspaper, the "Missouri Gazette," was published in St. Louis by printer Joseph Charless.

2. On November 16, 1921, the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City was destroyed by fire. The original structure, which had been built in 1840, housed the state's executive offices and legislative chambers until it was replaced by the current Capitol building in 1917.

3. Missouri native and former United States President Harry S. Truman was born on November 16, 1884, in Lamar. Truman, who served as President from 1945 to 1953, is known for leading the country through the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

4. The famous outlaw Jesse James was born in Missouri on September 5, 1847, and on November 16, 1882, he was assassinated at his home in St. Joseph. James had become notorious for his gang's robberies of banks, trains, and stagecoaches throughout the western United States.

5. In 1993, Missouri basketball player Norm Stewart achieved his 500th victory as the head coach of the University of Missouri Tigers men's basketball team. Stewart, who led the Tigers for 32 seasons, is considered one of the most successful coaches in the history of the program.
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