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5 Fun Facts About May 11 In Kansas History

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1. On May 11, 1820, the Missouri Compromise was passed, which established the boundary between slavery and free states in the United States. Kansas was not yet a state at the time, but the compromise would have an impact on the region's future.

2. On May 11, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, which effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the possibility of slavery in Kansas. This led to a violent and bloody struggle between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces in the territory.

3. On May 11, 1898, Kansas native and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in the town of Denison. He would go on to lead the Allied forces to victory in World War II and serve two terms as President of the United States.

4. On May 11, 1907, the Topeka State Journal published a story about a unique crime in Kansas: a man was arrested for stealing a wooden outhouse. The article noted that "the thief was too badly frightened to offer a word of explanation."

5. On May 11, 1935, the first flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took place in Seattle, Washington. The bomber would go on to become one of the most iconic aircraft of World War II, and many were built at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas.
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