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5 Fun Facts About June 9 In Kansas History

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1. In 1873, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad arrived in the city of Wichita, bringing significant growth and economic development to the area.

2. On June 9, 1934, notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in a police ambush near Gibsland, Louisiana. The couple had connections to Kansas, including hiding out in a Joplin, Missouri apartment and robbing a bank in Wellington.

3. The University of Kansas Men's Basketball team won their first NCAA National Championship on June 9, 1952, defeating St. John's University by a score of 80-63.

4. On June 9, 2009, former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.

5. In 1969, famed pilot Amelia Earhart was declared legally dead by a Kansas court, 32 years after she disappeared during a flight over the Pacific Ocean. Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas and is celebrated as one of the state's most prominent figures.
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