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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Kansas History

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1. In 1904, a tornado struck the town of Everest in Brown County, Kansas, causing extensive damage and killing nine people.

2. On April 14, 1935, known as "Black Sunday," one of the worst dust storms in U.S. history swept across the Great Plains, including Kansas. The storm was caused by severe drought and poor land management practices, and resulted in significant ecological and economic damage.

3. In 1978, the Kansas legislature passed the Kansas Tort Claims Act, which established a framework for individuals to sue the state and its political subdivisions for damages resulting from the actions of government employees.

4. On April 14, 1990, the town of Hugoton in Stevens County, Kansas set the national record for the highest wind gust ever recorded in the United States, with a recorded speed of 154 miles per hour.

5. In 2015, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a controversial new social media policy that allowed universities to discipline or dismiss employees for social media posts that were deemed "improper," including posts that were deemed "contrary to the best interests of the employer." The policy was criticized by free speech advocates and eventually revised after significant public backlash.
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