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5 Fun Facts About July 20 In Kansas History

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1. In 1969, Kansans watched in awe as astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon on July 20th. Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were heard by millions around the world.

2. On July 20th, 1905, famed artist John Steuart Curry was born in Dunavant, Kansas. Curry's paintings, which often depicted rural life in the Midwest, have become iconic representations of the region.

3. In 1929, the town of McPherson, Kansas witnessed a catastrophic event, as a tornado swept through the town, killing eight people and causing millions of dollars in damage.

4. On July 20th, 1957, boxer Marvin Camel was born in Augusta, Kansas. Camel would go on to become the first ever cruiserweight world champion, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.

5. In 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price led his troops into Missouri during the American Civil War on July 20th. The resulting Battle of Lexington, which took place over several days, resulted in a Confederate victory, but ultimately failed to change the outcome of the wider conflict.
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