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5 Fun Facts About December 6 In Kansas History

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1. Prohibition in Kansas: December 6 marks the anniversary of the day Kansas became the first state in the United States to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages. In 1880, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting the sale of liquor, wine and beer, two years before the entire nation passed the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution making prohibition a national law.

2. Amelia Earhart's birthday: December 6 is also the birthday of famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, who was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897. Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, and her mysterious disappearance during her attempt to fly around the world in 1937 made her a legend.

3. Kansas Statehood: December 6, 1861, is the day that Kansas was officially recognized as a state in the USA. As a Free State, Kansas entered the Union after a bloody struggle against pro-slavery forces over a period of several years.

4. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Famous US president and World War II general Dwight D. Eisenhower called Abilene, Kansas home, where he grew up as a child. Eisenhower was born in Texas and lived in several other states throughout his life, but many people associate him with Kansas, where he spent a significant amount of time and where his Presidential Library and Museum is located.

5. Kansas City BBQ: Kansas City's unique style of barbecue has made the city famous around the world, and December 6 is one of the best days to celebrate the mouth-watering flavors of Kansas City's signature cuisine. Whether you prefer beef, pork or chicken, be sure to stop by one of the many world-class BBQ restaurants in the city to get a taste of true Kansas City barbecue on this day!
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