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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In Missouri History

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1. In 1864, during the Civil War, General Sterling Price and his Confederate army engaged in battle with Union troops in southeast Missouri. The Battle of Moore's Mill resulted in a Union victory.

2. On July 23, 1927, aviator Charles Lindbergh was honored with a parade through St. Louis after his historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

3. In 1984, the first woman to qualify for the Olympic marathon from the United States, Joan Benoit Samuelson, won the first women's Olympic marathon in Los Angeles. Samuelson grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine but attended the University of Maine where she was awarded Track All-American honors during both her freshman and sophomore years.

4. The Missouri River flooding in 1993 was one of the most destructive floods in US history. On July 23, FEMA announced that federal aid was available for those affected by the flooding.

5. In 2003, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on homosexual sodomy, a landmark decision that paved the way for same-sex marriage and broader LGBTQ rights in the state. The ruling in Missouri v. Limon was a significant victory in the fight for LGBT rights.
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