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5 Fun Facts About April 21 In Kansas History

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1. The town of Wichita was founded on April 21, 1864, when a group of settlers established a trading post on the banks of the Arkansas River. Today, Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and serves as a major economic hub for the region.

2. On April 21, 1934, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde gang robbed their first bank in Kansas. The raid took place in the small town of Lucerne, where the gang made off with approximately $1,200 in cash and $6,000 worth of securities.

3. The University of Kansas was established on April 21, 1865, just one day after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The university has since become one of the top public research universities in the country.

4. On April 21, 1962, the city of Dodge City experienced one of the largest tornado outbreaks in Kansas history. A total of 43 tornadoes touched down in the state that day, with one of the most destructive hitting the city of Dodge City and causing significant damage to homes and businesses.

5. In 1915, the first silent film adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" was released on April 21. Although the film was not a commercial success, it paved the way for the more famous 1939 musical adaptation starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.
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