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5 Fun Facts About March 12 In Missouri History

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1. On March 12, 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price led an attack on the town of Glasgow, Missouri during the Civil War. The Confederates were successful in capturing the town and its supplies, but the victory was short-lived as Union forces quickly took it back a few days later.

2. Celebrated African American poet Langston Hughes was born on March 12, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His work explored the experiences of black Americans and is often cited as a major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance.

3. On March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi began the Salt March, a nonviolent protest against the British salt tax that had been imposed on India. Though the march occurred in India, it was widely publicized and supported around the world, including in Missouri.

4. Missouri became the first state in the U.S. to enact a law providing for the inspection and regulation of meatpacking plants on March 12, 1907. The law was a response to the unsanitary conditions in the meatpacking industry at the time and was seen as a major step forward in protecting public health.

5. On March 12, 1929, the infamous "Kansas City Massacre" occurred when a group of criminals attempted to free a prisoner from federal custody in Kansas City, Missouri. The attempted jailbreak led to a shootout with law enforcement officers, resulting in the deaths of four police officers and one criminal.
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