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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Missouri History

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1. The Missouri Compromise was signed on March 7, 1820, which allowed Missouri to become a slave state and Maine to become a free state. This compromise helped to maintain the balance of power between the North and South in the United States.

2. On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone. While Bell wasn't from Missouri, his invention would go on to revolutionize communication in the state and around the world.

3. The first successful parachute jump in Missouri was made on March 7, 1912, by a man named William R. Eames. Eames jumped from a height of 1,500 feet over St. Louis and landed safely, paving the way for future parachutists in the state.

4. The Missouri Tigers basketball team won their first-ever Big Eight Conference championship on March 7, 1988, with a 69-65 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. The win secured the Tigers' spot in the NCAA tournament and brought excitement to fans across the state.

5. On March 7, 2000, a major hailstorm hit the city of St. Louis, causing millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses, and cars. The hailstones ranged in size from golf balls to softballs and caused widespread destruction throughout the city.
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