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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Kansas History

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1. Wild Bill Hickok was killed on August 7, 1876, in Deadwood, South Dakota, but he had strong ties to Kansas. Born in Illinois, Hickok made a name for himself as a lawman and gunfighter in Kansas in the 1860s and '70s. He served as the marshal of Hays and Abilene, where he famously tamed the lawless cow towns.

2. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated on August 7, 1962, in Abilene, Kansas. Eisenhower, who was born in Texas and raised in Kansas, was the 34th president of the United States, serving from 1953 to 1961.

3. The first Native American newspaper in the United States, The Cherokee Advocate, was published on August 7, 1844. The newspaper, which was written in both English and Cherokee, was published in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which was then part of the Cherokee Nation's territory.

4. On August 7, 1998, the Kansas Board of Education voted to remove evolution from the state's science curriculum. The decision sparked national controversy and was eventually overturned by the board in 2001.

5. The first women's swimming event in Olympic history took place on August 7, 1912, in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the participants was Lucy Morton, a swimmer from Kansas City, Missouri, who won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke.
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