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5 Fun Facts About August 26 In Kansas History

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1. In 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote. Kansas was the eighth state to ratify the amendment on August 26, 1920.

2. On August 26, 1863, "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his Confederate guerrilla band attacked Olathe, Kansas, killing around 100 men and burning down buildings in what became known as the Olathe Massacre.

3. The first school for the deaf in Kansas, the Kansas School for the Deaf, opened its doors on August 26, 1861, in Olathe. The school provided education and vocational training for deaf children in the state.

4. On August 26, 1935, Kansas-born aviator and inventor Elmer R. Fenton set a world record for the longest sustained flight without refueling, flying a distance of 4,020 miles in 46 hours and 14 minutes.

5. Wichita State University was founded on August 26, 1895, as Fairmount College. The school started with just a single building and 221 students, but has since grown to become one of the largest universities in Kansas with over 15,000 students.
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