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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In Kansas History

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1. In 1858, the first issue of the Kansas Herald of Freedom was published in Lawrence, Kansas. The newspaper played a significant role in the fight against slavery in Kansas and helped to fuel the abolitionist movement in the United States.

2. On January 19, 1862, the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry was officially established during the Civil War. It was the first African American regiment from a free state to be recruited for the Union Army.

3. In 1875, the first bridge across the Arkansas River in Wichita was completed. The bridge helped to connect the city with the rest of the state and helped to spur economic growth in the region.

4. On January 19, 1892, the famous outlaw Bill Doolin was born in Stephens County, Oklahoma. Doolin was a member of the notorious Dalton Gang and later formed his own gang known as the Wild Bunch.

5. In 1966, the University of Kansas football team won the Orange Bowl by defeating the University of Georgia. The victory marked the first major bowl game win for the university and helped to establish the team as a national powerhouse in college football.
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