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5 Fun Facts About April 6 In Kansas History

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1. The famed outlaw, Jesse James, conducted a bank robbery in Coffeyville, Kansas on April 6, 1871. James and his gang managed to rob two banks simultaneously, but were eventually killed or captured by a group of local citizens.

2. On April 6, 1896, a tornado hit the town of Wichita, Kansas, causing significant damage and several deaths. The tornado was one of the deadliest in Kansas history, with a total of 17 fatalities reported.

3. In 1940, oil was discovered in the Flint Hills region of Kansas on April 6. This discovery led to a major boom in oil production in the state, helping to drive the Kansas economy for many years.

4. On April 6, 1955, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a native of Abilene, Kansas, resigned as Supreme Commander of NATO to seek the presidency of the United States. He would go on to win the election later that year.

5. The University of Kansas men's basketball team won the NCAA championship game on April 6, 2008. The team, coached by Bill Self, defeated Memphis in a thrilling overtime game that is still considered one of the greatest championship games in NCAA history.
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