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5 Fun Facts About June 19 In Kansas History

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1. Juneteenth Becomes a State Holiday: On June 16, 2021, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill designating June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. The day is now a state holiday in Kansas, and state offices and schools are closed in observance.

2. Wichita Riots: On June 19, 1921, a mob of white men led a race riot in the African American neighborhood of Greenwood in Wichita. The riot destroyed homes and businesses, and resulted in the deaths of two African Americans. The event was part of a wave of racial violence across the country in the aftermath of World War I.

3. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Established: On June 19, 1996, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was officially established by the National Park Service. The preserve, located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, protects one of the few remaining tallgrass prairies in North America.

4. Dodge City War: On June 19, 1883, a dispute between two rival factions in Dodge City, known as the "Dodge City War," escalated into a gunfight between the factions. The gunfight resulted in the death of one man and the injury of several others. The event is now part of the folklore of the American West.

5. USS Kansas Commissioned: On June 19, 1907, the USS Kansas, a battleship in the U.S. Navy, was commissioned in Philadelphia. The ship, named for the state of Kansas, served in both World War I and World War II, and was decommissioned in 1947.
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