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5 Fun Facts About August 11 In Missouri History

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1. On August 11, 1820, Missouri was officially admitted as the 24th state in the United States of America.
2. The Battle of Wilson's Creek, also known as the Battle of Oak Hills, took place on August 10-11, 1861 in Greene County, Missouri. It was one of the first major battles of the American Civil War to take place west of the Mississippi River.
3. On August 11, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed the Housing Act of 1949, which established a national housing policy and created the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Truman was originally from Independence, Missouri.
4. On August 11, 1985, the Kansas City Royals set a Major League Baseball record by winning their 11th consecutive game by one run.
5. August 11, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of American singer and actor Dottie West. West was born in McMinnville, Tennessee but spent much of her career in Nashville, Tennessee, which is not far from Missouri's southern border.
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