Here are five interesting facts about May 10 in Kansas history:
1. In 1865, the last battle of the Civil War was fought in Kansas, near the town of Palmito Ranch. This was a Confederate victory and occurred more than a month after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
2. On May 10, 1887, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway completed its extension to Dodge City, Kansas. This allowed for greater transportation and economic growth in western Kansas.
3. In 1925, the deadliest tornado in Kansas history hit the town of Codell, killing 9 people and injuring over 60. The tornado was estimated to have been an F5, the strongest rating on the Fujita scale.
4. May 10, 1933, marked the beginning of the "Kansas drought," which lasted for nearly a decade and devastated the state's agriculture and economy.
5. On May 10, 1996, the state of Kansas became the first state in the United States to ban partial-birth abortions. This law was later challenged in court and eventually struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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