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5 Fun Facts About July 26 In Kansas History

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1. In 1833, the first permanent white settlement in Kansas was established by French Canadian fur trader Joseph Rémi Laramie at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. The settlement was named "Laramie's Trading Post" and later became the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

2. In 1863, the Union Army under General Thomas Ewing Jr. issued General Order No. 11, which ordered the forced evacuation of all residents in four counties of western Missouri and eastern Kansas to prevent guerrilla warfare during the Civil War. The order resulted in the displacement of around 20,000 civilians and the destruction of their homes and property.

3. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first President of the United States to fly in a helicopter while in office. He flew from his vacation home in Denver, Colorado to a military installation near Abilene, Kansas.

4. In 1963, NASA launched the Syncom 2 satellite, which became the world's first geostationary satellite. The satellite was designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company in California but was launched from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

5. In 2006, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) was announced to be constructed in Manhattan, Kansas. The high-level biosecurity research laboratory is designed to study some of the world's most dangerous animal diseases and their effects on humans. The facility is set to open in 2022 and is expected to provide significant economic benefits to the region.
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