Dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis. Her show on Feb. 3, 1952, in Kiel Auditorium was noteworthy mainly for occurring at all. Baker, who became a sensation for sultry dances wearing only a few feathers or a skirt of bananas, hadn’t performed in her native city since achieving worldwide fame in Paris in 1925. She had plenty of opportunities, but refused to play for racially segregated audiences.
Feb. 3, 1952: The day Josephine Baker returned to St. Louis