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5 Fun Facts About August 4 In Kansas History

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1. In 1873, a group of settlers in western Kansas formed the Dodge City War, a conflict over the control of cattle trade. It is said that on August 4 of that year, a large group of armed men gathered in the city, leading to a gunfight known as the "Battle of the Plaza."

2. On August 4, 1910, a massive tornado hit the town of Wellington, killing 9 people and causing extensive damage. This tornado was one of the deadliest in Kansas history, and it is considered to be the first tornado to be studied by scientists in the field.

3. In 1936, famed pilot Amelia Earhart landed in Wichita, Kansas on August 4, where she was welcomed by a large crowd of fans. Earhart is known for her role in advancing aviation and for her mysterious disappearance during a flight in 1937.

4. On August 4, 1967, the Kansas City Athletics played their final game at Municipal Stadium before moving to Oakland. The team had played in Kansas City since 1955, and their departure marked the end of an era in the city's sports history.

5. In 2007, the Kansas City Royals announced plans to retire Frank White's jersey number 20 on August 4 of that year. White was a second baseman for the Royals from 1973 to 1990, and he was known for his outstanding defensive skills and leadership on the field.
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