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5 Fun Facts About August 22 In Kansas History

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1. The first known newspaper in Kansas, the Kansas Weekly Herald, was published on August 22, 1854, in Leavenworth.
2. On August 22, 1863, the Lawrence Massacre occurred when Confederate guerrillas raided the town of Lawrence, Kansas, killing nearly 200 people.
3. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, which played a significant role in the development of Kansas, was incorporated on August 22, 1860.
4. On August 22, 1910, the University of Kansas opened its new self-contained campus in Lawrence, Kansas, which would eventually become one of the premier universities in the country.
5. The Kansas State Fair, which has been held annually since 1913, traditionally begins on August 22 and runs for 10 days, featuring agriculture exhibits, livestock competitions, and carnival rides.
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