Here are 5 interesting facts about August 30 in Kansas history:
1. In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition camped near present-day Atchison, Kansas, as they traveled up the Missouri River.
2. In 1856, pro-slavery forces sacked the town of Osawatomie, Kansas, in the midst of the Kansas Territory border war. The town was founded and led by abolitionist John Brown.
3. In 1899, James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, first published the rules of basketball. Naismith was born and raised in Almonte, Ontario, but later moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he served as the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas.
4. In 1923, the United States Army Air Service established the Air Corps Tactical School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The school was a center for advanced military aviation training and research, and played a key role in the development of airpower doctrine in the interwar period.
5. In 1967, civil rights activist and minister Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. King's speech, titled "The Future of Integration," addressed the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States and called for a renewed commitment to nonviolent resistance.
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