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5 Fun Facts About July 20 In Colorado History

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1. Colorado State Capitol Cornerstone Laid (1896)
On July 20, 1896, the cornerstone for the Colorado State Capitol building was laid. This iconic building stands in downtown Denver and is known for its distinctive gold dome. The building was designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and was completed in 1908.

2. Buffalo Bill Cody Passes Away (1917)
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was a well-known figure in Colorado history. He was a frontiersman, bison hunter, and showman who helped popularize the American West. Cody passed away on July 20, 1917, in Denver, Colorado. He is buried on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado.

3. Columbine Mine Massacre (1927)
On July 20, 1927, a labor dispute at the Columbine Mine in Lafayette, Colorado, turned violent. The mine's owner hired strikebreakers to replace unionized workers, and a group of miners attacked the strikebreakers. Six people were killed, including three miners and three strikebreakers. This incident became known as the Columbine Mine Massacre.

4. Denver Broncos Hire First African American Head Coach (1993)
On July 20, 1993, the Denver Broncos hired their first African American head coach, Dennis Green. Green had previously served as the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings and would go on to lead the Arizona Cardinals as well. He coached the Broncos for only one season but paved the way for more diversity in NFL coaching.

5. United Airlines Flight 232 Crash (1989)
On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. However, the flight had departed from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado. The flight crew was able to successfully crash-land the plane, and many passengers credited their survival to the crew's heroic efforts.
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