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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In Kansas History

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1. In 1900, the famous educator and civil rights advocate, Booker T. Washington, delivered a speech in Topeka, Kansas. He spoke at the People's Assembly, an event organized by the Colored Women's Republican Club. In his speech, Washington emphasized the importance of education and work ethic in achieving success.

2. On June 22, 1937, the deadliest tornado in Kansas history struck the small town of Woodward, Oklahoma, just across the border from Kansas. The tornado killed at least 181 people and destroyed almost the entire town. It is estimated that the tornado had winds of up to 300 miles per hour.

3. In 1950, the University of Kansas introduced the first course in the United States on the topic of American Sign Language (ASL). The course was taught by William Stokoe, a linguist who would later become known as the "father of ASL linguistics." Stokoe's work helped to legitimize ASL as a language and paved the way for its recognition as a distinct language.

4. In 1961, the first edition of the Kansas City Starlight Theatre Company's summer theater series began. The series features Broadway shows and other theatrical productions in an outdoor amphitheater in Kansas City's Swope Park. The Starlight Theatre has become a popular summer tradition in the metropolitan area.

5. On June 22, 2006, the Wichita Aero Club was founded. The club is dedicated to promoting aviation and aerospace in Kansas and hosts events and lectures featuring prominent figures in the industry. The club's membership includes pilots, aerospace industry leaders, and aviation enthusiasts.
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