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5 Fun Facts About January 1 In Missouri History

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1. Missouri became a state on January 1, 1821: On this day, Missouri officially became the 24th state of the United States. It was admitted under the Missouri Compromise, which allowed it to enter the Union as a slave state while also admitting Maine as a free state to maintain the balance of free and slave states.

2. The Missouri-Kansas football game on January 1, 2008: In a historic game that kicked off on January 1, 2008, the Missouri Tigers defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 36-28. The game was played in Kansas City, Missouri, and was the first time that the two teams had played each other as ranked opponents.

3. Famed Missouri photographer Jesse Hall's birthday: Jesse Hall, a renowned Missouri photographer known for his beautiful landscapes and portraits, was born on January 1, 1885. He was a member of the Missouri School of Photography, and his work can still be seen in museums and galleries throughout the state.

4. New Year's Day polar bear plunge: Many people in Missouri participate in a polar bear plunge on New Year's Day, braving the cold waters of the Missouri River or other bodies of water to start the year off with a shockingly cold dip. Some of the largest plunges in the state happen in Lake of the Ozarks and in Branson.

5. First annual Rose Bowl game: On January 1, 1902, the Rose Bowl game was played for the first time in Pasadena, California. Missouri did not participate in the inaugural game, but the tradition of watching the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day has become a beloved American pastime.
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