Here are five interesting facts about April 27 in Kansas history:
1. On April 27, 1805, the Spanish explorer Zebulon Pike departed from Arkansas Post on his expedition to explore the southwestern United States. Pike's expedition would lead to his discovery of the Colorado peak that would later be named after him.
2. In 1880, the small town of Leoti, Kansas, was incorporated on April 27. Leoti is located in Wichita County in western Kansas and was originally a stop on the Kansas Pacific Railroad.
3. On April 27, 1904, the Topeka State Journal newspaper published a front-page article about a group of Kansas women who were advocating for women's suffrage. The article reported that the women were circulating a petition asking the Kansas legislature to pass a suffrage amendment, and that they had gathered 15,000 signatures.
4. April 27, 1922, was the opening day of the first Kansas State Fair held in its new location in Hutchinson. The fair is an annual event that brings together people from all over the state to celebrate agriculture, education, and entertainment.
5. On April 27, 1965, a violent tornado struck the small town of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 people and injuring over 270. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that affected several states in the central United States. The tragedy led to significant improvements in tornado forecasting and preparedness.
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