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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Kansas History

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1. In 1864, a group of Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill attacked the town of Miami in eastern Kansas. The raid resulted in the deaths of over 20 Union soldiers and civilians, and marked one of the bloodiest incidents of the Civil War in Kansas.

2. The first issue of The Topeka Daily Capital, a newspaper that would become a major media outlet in Kansas, was published on February 24, 1879. The newspaper covered local and national news, as well as politics, sports, and culture.

3. In 1916, John Brown, a legendary abolitionist who fought against slavery in Kansas and other states, was honored with a memorial in Osawatomie. The monument, which stands over 100 feet tall, features a statue of Brown holding a Bible and a rifle.

4. In 1983, a massive snowstorm hit Kansas, dumping over a foot of snow in many areas of the state. The storm caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions, and was one of the worst blizzards in Kansas history.

5. On February 24, 2011, the Kansas state legislature passed a controversial law that restricted the rights of labor unions. The law, which was signed by Governor Sam Brownback, drew protests from union members and supporters, who argued that it would hurt workers' rights and lead to lower wages and benefits.
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