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5 Fun Facts About July 31 In Kansas History

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1. In 1866, the first official state fair in Kansas was held in Leavenworth. It featured displays of agricultural and industrial products, horse races, and a carnival.

2. On July 31, 1910, the famous pilot and aviation pioneer Clyde Cessna made his first flight in a plane of his own design. He took off from an alfalfa field near Wichita.

3. In 1958, NASA selected Overland Park-based company Culver-Stockton to manufacture the heat shields for the Mercury space capsule. This was a significant achievement for both the company and the state of Kansas.

4. On July 31, 1986, Topeka hosted the Sunflower Games, a multi-sport event featuring amateur athletes from Kansas and neighboring states. The games continue to be held annually and attract thousands of participants.

5. In 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs held their first practice of the football season at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. This marked the ninth consecutive year that the Chiefs had held their training camp at the university.
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