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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In Kansas History

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1. Kansas Day is celebrated on February 12th every year in recognition of the state's admission to the Union in 1861. This event is marked by various ceremonies and festivities across the state.

2. On February 12th, 1828, Josiah Gregg was born in Overton County, Tennessee. He went on to become a famous mountain man, explorer, and author who played a significant role in the development of the American West.

3. In 1865, Kansas became the first state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on race or color in public accommodations such as hotels, theaters, and restaurants.

4. One of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Kansas history occurred on February 12th, 1955. The storms killed 14 people and destroyed numerous homes and buildings across the state.

5. On February 12th, 1993, a massive winter storm known as the "Storm of the Century" swept across the eastern United States, including Kansas. The storm caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions, and resulted in 318 deaths and $6.6 billion in damages.
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