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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Missouri History

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1. In 1924, the first Missouri State Highway Patrol was established by a law signed by Governor Arthur M. Hyde. The patrol was tasked with enforcing traffic laws and maintaining order on Missouri roads.

2. On January 27, 1930, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team traded future Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby to the Chicago Cubs. Hornsby had won two National League MVP awards with the Cardinals and was regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

3. Missouri native John Ashcroft was sworn in as the 79th Attorney General of the United States on January 27, 2001, under President George W. Bush. Ashcroft served in this role during the September 11th terrorist attacks and oversaw the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act.

4. On January 27, 1953, the famous American artist Thomas Hart Benton died in Kansas City at the age of 85. Benton was known for his murals depicting scenes from American history and culture and was a major figure in the regionalist art movement of the 1930s.

5. In 1979, the Missouri State Capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building, located in Jefferson City, was completed in 1917 and features elegant Beaux-Arts architecture and murals by famous artist N.C. Wyeth.
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