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5 Fun Facts About June 6 In Kansas History

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1. In 1944, on June 6th, a significant event in World War II occurred known as D-Day. A Kansas native, Waverly B. Woodson Jr., participated in the landings on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France as a member of the United States Army. Woodson was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions during the invasion.

2. On June 6, 1915, the city of Wichita experienced a catastrophic flood known as the Wichita Flood of 1915. The flooding destroyed numerous homes and businesses, and the damages were estimated to be around $3 million.

3. In 1862, June 6 marked the date when the Union Army took control of Fort Scott during the Civil War. Fort Scott played a significant role in the Union's efforts to control Kansas and Missouri during the war.

4. On June 6, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses and events to close down or be postponed. One event that did take place was the reopening of the Cosmosphere International Space Museum in Hutchinson after being closed for more than two months due to the pandemic.

5. In 1856, a group of pro-slavery men attacked the town of Osawatomie, Kansas, known as the Battle of Osawatomie. The town is now known for the John Brown Memorial Park, which honors abolitionist John Brown who fought against the pro-slavery forces during the time.
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