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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In Kansas History

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1. In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state in the United States. The territory had been struggling to enter the Union for years due to political and social tensions over the issue of slavery.

2. In 1894, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas. Although he was not originally from Kansas, he moved there as a child and later attended the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

3. In 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Boynton v. Virginia that segregation on interstate buses and trains was unconstitutional. This landmark decision had far-reaching implications for civil rights in Kansas and across the country.

4. In 1983, Kansas native Joanne Woodward received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film industry. Woodward appeared in dozens of movies throughout her career, including The Three Faces of Eve (1957) and Rachel, Rachel (1968), which she also directed.

5. In 2016, Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50, held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Manning, a former quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs' division rival the Denver Broncos, grew up in New Orleans but has strong ties to the state of Kansas through his family. His father, Archie Manning, played football at the University of Mississippi with Kansas legend Archie Allen.
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