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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Missouri History

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1. In 1910, Missouri House Bill No. 33 was passed, which made it illegal to sell or give cigarettes or tobacco to minors under the age of 16. This was one of the earliest laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors in the United States.

2. On February 27, 1933, the infamous "Kansas City massacre" occurred. Four law enforcement officers and a criminal were killed in a shootout outside of the Union Station in Kansas City. The event is now considered a turning point in the fight against organized crime in the United States.

3. St. Louis native James Lynn Cartwright was born on February 27, 1936. Cartwright went on to become a four-star general in the United States Marine Corps, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton.

4. On February 27, 1960, the Gateway Arch construction began. The arch would become a defining symbol of St. Louis and a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

5. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon unveiled a plan on February 27, 2015 to renovate the iconic Missouri state Capitol building in Jefferson City. The project, estimated to cost $30 million, will restore the building's exterior, repair the roof, and upgrade the ventilation and electrical systems.
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