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5 Fun Facts About June 18 In Missouri History

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1. In 1825, the first steam-powered ferryboat was introduced on the Missouri River in Independence, Missouri. The ferry, named General Marion, could carry up to 18 passengers and was operated by Captain Samuel C. Owens.

2. In 1861, during the Civil War, the Battle of Boonville was fought in Missouri. The Union army, led by Colonel Nathaniel Lyon, defeated a Confederate force under General Sterling Price. This was an important victory for the Union and helped to secure Missouri's position as a Union state.

3. In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She landed her plane in Burry Port, South Wales, but her flight originated from Trepassey, Newfoundland, and included a stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Earhart's historic flight helped to pave the way for women in aviation.

4. In 1979, the Kansas City Royals baseball team set a major league record by hitting eight consecutive doubles in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals won the game 7-3 and this feat has only been matched once in major league history.

5. In 1991, the St. Louis Blues hockey team signed Brett Hull to a four-year contract worth $7.5 million. Hull would go on to become one of the greatest players in Blues history, scoring 527 goals and recording 1033 points in his 11 seasons with the team.
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