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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Kansas History

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1. On August 29, 1862, a battle was fought in Lawrence, Kansas during the American Civil War. Quantrill's Raiders, a Confederate guerrilla force, attacked the town and killed over 150 men and boys. The attack was one of the most brutal and infamous incidents of the war.

2. In 1911, the Kansas State Fair opened in Hutchinson on August 29. The fair has been held annually ever since, showcasing the best of Kansas agriculture, livestock, entertainment, and more.

3. On August 29, 1925, legendary aviator Amelia Earhart made her first solo flight, from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Missouri. Earhart, who grew up in Kansas, went on to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and achieve many other aviation firsts.

4. In 1958, Wichita State University was founded on August 29. The university has since grown to become a major research institution, offering over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

5. On August 29, 1976, Kansas City Royals pitcher Steve Busby threw the first no-hitter in Royals franchise history. Busby's feat helped lead the Royals to their first American League West division title that year, and he remains a beloved figure in Kansas City sports history.
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