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5 Fun Facts About July 13 In Missouri History

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1. In 1821, Missouri was admitted as the 24th state of the United States. The state was part of the Louisiana Territory before becoming a state.

2. On July 13, 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River occurred at Wilson’s Creek. The battle was fought between Union forces under General Nathaniel Lyon and Confederate forces under General Sterling Price. The Confederate forces were victorious in the battle.

3. In 1901, the famous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed by a member of his own gang, Robert Ford. James was living in St. Joseph, Missouri at the time of his death.

4. On July 13, 1935, the first parking meter in the world was installed in Oklahoma City, but it was invented by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, and the following year, St. Louis became the first city in Missouri to install the devices.

5. In 1984, the Kansas City Royals hosted the All-Star Game at Royals Stadium. The American League won the game 3-1 and the MVP was awarded to shortstop Gary Templeton of the San Diego Padres.
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