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5 Fun Facts About January 2 In Missouri History

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1. In 1875, a devastating fire broke out in St. Louis, destroying over 300 buildings and causing over $2 million in damages. The fire started in a small shop at the corner of 7th and Elm and quickly spread throughout the city.

2. In 1920, Missouri became the 11th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The amendment was officially adopted later that year.

3. On January 2, 1936, the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City was destroyed by a fire. The building, which had been completed in 1917, was a total loss, but many of the state's historical documents and artifacts were saved.

4. The famous outlaw Jesse James was born in Clay County, Missouri, on January 2, 1847. James gained notoriety as a bank and train robber, and was eventually killed by a member of his own gang in 1882.

5. On January 2, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 28-7 in the NFL Championship game, earning a trip to Super Bowl I. The Cardinals went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the conference championship, but their victory over the Packers remains one of the greatest moments in the team's history.
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