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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In Kansas History

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1. In 1864, Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signed a bill establishing the State Agricultural College, now known as Kansas State University.

2. On February 1, 1864, the final session of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention was held in Wyandotte, Kansas. The convention drafted the constitution that would pave the way for Kansas to become a state later that year.

3. In 1907, the first store of the J.C. Penney chain opened in Kemmerer, Wyoming. James Cash Penney, the founder of J.C. Penney, was a resident of Kansas and opened his second store in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1909.

4. The Santa Fe Trail, a trade route that stretched from Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed through Kansas. On February 1, 1822, William Becknell became the first trader to use the Santa Fe Trail after the Mexican authorities had opened the trade route to American merchants.

5. On February 1, 1960, four African American students from North Carolina A&T University staged a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Their act of civil disobedience sparked a wave of sit-ins and protests across the country and helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement. Although this event did not occur in Kansas, it had a significant impact on the state and the nation as a whole.
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