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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In Kansas History

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February 20th may not be a widely recognized day in history, but there are still interesting events that occurred in Kansas. Here are five noteworthy facts about this day:

1. Brown vs. Board of Education: On February 20th, 1954, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that segregation in schools was unconstitutional. This case ultimately led to the desegregation of public schools across the country.

2. Kansas joining the Union: On February 20th, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union. It is often referred to as the "Sunflower State."

3. Presidential visit: In 2018, former President Barack Obama made a visit to Wichita, Kansas on February 20th to speak at a private event. This was his first visit to the state since 2011.

4. Deadly tornado outbreak: On February 20th, 2018, a severe weather outbreak led to numerous tornadoes hitting the Midwest, including in parts of Kansas. The storms resulted in multiple fatalities and significant property damage.

5. Wichita State basketball upset: In 2013, the Wichita State Shockers, a college basketball team from Wichita, pulled off a major upset over the Creighton Blue Jays on February 20th. The Shockers won by a score of 67-64 and went on to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament that year.
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