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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Missouri History

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1. In 1913, the first automobile show was held at the Coliseum in St. Louis. The show featured cars from various manufacturers and attracted over 10,000 attendees.

2. On January 13, 1938, the temperature in Kansas City dropped to -23°F (-30.5°C), the coldest temperature ever recorded in the city. Schools and businesses closed as a result of the extreme cold.

3. In 1942, the United States Army Air Forces activated the 384th Bombardment Group at Sedalia Army Air Field in Missouri. The group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses in combat missions during World War II.

4. January 13, 1958, marks the day that the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City had its first escape attempt in 20 years. Two inmates attempted to escape, but were unsuccessful and both were caught later that day.

5. On January 13, 1982, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a 1978 death sentence for Dennis Skillicorn, who was convicted of murder, was unconstitutional due to an improper jury instruction during his trial. Skillicorn was eventually executed in 2009 for his crime.
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