1. In 1862, the infamous Quantrill's Raid took place in Lawrence, Kansas. William Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla fighter, led a group of raiders who attacked and burned most of the town, killing nearly 200 men and boys.
2. On June 28, 1894, the Battle of Chugwater took place between a group of cattle rustlers and a posse of lawmen in eastern Wyoming. The posse was led by Tom Horn, a famous Wyoming lawman who later gained notoriety as a hired assassin.
3. In 1919, the first transcontinental air race began in Santa Monica, California, and ended in New York City on July 4. One of the competitors was Kansas-born pilot Lloyd W. Bertaud, who went on to become a pioneer of air mail delivery.
4. On June 28, 1935, a major dust storm swept across the Great Plains, covering areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. The storm, which became known as "Black Sunday," was one of the worst of the Dust Bowl era, and prompted many farmers to abandon their land and move west in search of work.
5. In 2018, the state of Kansas celebrated its 157th birthday on June 28. The state was admitted to the Union as the 34th state on January 29, 1861.
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