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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Kansas History

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1. Kansas Became a State: On January 29, 1861, Kansas joined the Union as the 34th state. The territorial capital, Lecompton, was bypassed and Topeka was named the state capital.

2. Dwight D. Eisenhower's Birthplace: On January 27, 1890, future U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. He grew up in Abilene, Kansas, and would later serve as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II.

3. Historic Blizzard: The Blizzard of 1978 hit Kansas on January 27, causing severe damage and loss of life. The storm lasted for three days and dropped up to three feet of snow in some areas, leading to widespread power outages and transportation disruptions.

4. Kansas City Royals Make History: On January 27, 1985, the Kansas City Royals won their first and only World Series title by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The series featured several memorable moments, including a controversial call in Game 6.

5. First Black Woman Elected to Kansas House: On January 27, 1992, Melody McCray-Miller was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, becoming the first black woman to hold the position. She served in the House until 2000 and later served as a Sedgwick County commissioner.
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