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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In Kansas History

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1. In 1966, the Hutchinson tornado struck Kansas on August 13, killing 16 people and injuring hundreds. The tornado caused extensive damage to the city, with entire neighborhoods leveled and buildings destroyed.

2. On August 13, 1905, Byron M. Cutcheon became the first African American to be ordained as an Episcopal bishop in the United States. Cutcheon was born in Western New York but served as bishop of Colored Work in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and then as suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

3. In 1864, the Battle of the Big Blue took place in Kansas on August 13. The battle was part of the American Civil War and was fought between Confederate troops under the command of General Sterling Price and Union troops led by General Samuel R. Curtis.

4. On August 13, 1937, the first documented sighting of the legendary creature known as the Bigfoot was reported in Kansas. A group of hunters claimed to have seen a large, hairy creature near the Pomona Reservoir in Osage County.

5. In 1889, the first state fair was held in Hutchinson, Kansas, beginning on August 13. The fair was originally intended to promote agricultural and industrial development in the state and has since become a major annual event that draws thousands of visitors each year.
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