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5 Fun Facts About April 19 In Kansas History

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1. In 1861, the first bloodshed in Kansas during the Civil War occurred when pro-Southern forces attacked a U.S. Army garrison at Fort Sumner.

2. In 1883, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture was established to promote the state's agricultural industry, which remains a major economic force.

3. In 1951, the University of Kansas won its first NCAA men's basketball championship, defeating the University of Kentucky in the final.

4. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing occurred, which had significant impacts on neighboring states, including Kansas. Many Kansans were among the victims, and the state provided substantial support in the aftermath.

5. In 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed into law a measure that allows faith-based adoption agencies to refuse placement of children with same-sex couples based on religious objections, sparking controversy and legal challenges.
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