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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Kansas History

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1. Kansas became a state on July 1, 1861.
2. The state's name comes from the Kaw or Kansa Native American tribe, who inhabited the area before European settlement.
3. On July 1, 1959, the first commercial nuclear reactor in the United States was activated at the National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho. The reactor was built with parts made by the Atchison-based Atomics International company.
4. On July 1, 1960, the first-ever state sales tax in Kansas was implemented. The tax rate was initially set at 3%.
5. In 1972, Alvin K. Bissell was named Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court on July 1. Bissell was the first African American to hold the position.
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