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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Missouri History

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1. On April 14, 1822, the first steamboat to travel up the Missouri River, named Independence, arrived in Franklin, Missouri. This marked a significant moment in the history of Missouri's transportation and trade, as steamboats would become a vital means of transportation for goods and people.

2. An infamous event known as the "Centralia Massacre" occurred on April 14, 1864, during the American Civil War. Confederate guerrillas led by William T. Anderson attacked and killed Union soldiers and civilians in the town of Centralia, Missouri. The incident is considered one of the bloodiest battles of the guerrilla warfare in Missouri.

3. On April 14, 1931, the infamous gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. Capone was sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained until being transferred to Alcatraz Island in 1934.

4. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born on April 14, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri. Truman served as president from 1945 to 1953 and presided over the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

5. On April 14, 1986, a massive tornado outbreak occurred in Missouri and other parts of the Midwest. Over 100 tornadoes were reported, causing extensive damage and claiming over 30 lives. The event is considered one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
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