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5 Fun Facts About April 16 In Kansas History

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1. In 1912, Kansas Governor Walter Stubbs signed a bill legalizing women's suffrage, giving women the right to vote in Kansas elections. This made Kansas the eighth state in the United States to grant women the right to vote.

2. The deadliest tornado in Kansas history struck on April 16, 1888, killing 30 people and causing widespread destruction in the town of Irving.

3. On April 16, 1967, Kansas City hosted Super Bowl I, the first championship game of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in front of a crowd of over 61,000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

4. In 1996, the town of Iola, Kansas was hit by a devastating F3 tornado that destroyed over 1,000 buildings and caused $18 million in damages. Miraculously, no one was killed in the tornado.

5. Kansas native Amelia Earhart set her first world record on April 16, 1922, when she became the first woman to reach an altitude of 14,000 feet in an airplane. Earhart would go on to set many more aviation records, including becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932.
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