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5 Fun Facts About April 13 In Kansas History

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1. In 1864, the town of Cedarvale, Kansas was founded. The town was originally known as Cedar and was located in Cowley County. It was later renamed Cedarvale and is now a small community of around 200 people.

2. In 1932, Amelia Earhart made her first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas and is one of the most famous aviators in history. She disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.

3. In 1948, the University of Kansas won its first NCAA basketball championship. The Jayhawks defeated Baylor 58-42 to win the title. The university has since won four more championships, the most recent being in 2008.

4. In 1974, tornadoes struck several communities in Kansas, including Emporia and Colby. The tornadoes caused extensive damage and killed a total of seven people. The event is still remembered as one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Kansas history.

5. In 1984, Bill Koch became the first Kansan to win an Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing. Koch was born in Brattleboro, Vermont but grew up in Kansas. He won the medal in the 30-kilometer race at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
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