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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In Kansas History

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1. The infamous outlaw Jesse James was born on May 27, 1847, in Clay County, Missouri. Although not technically in Kansas, James is well-known for his exploits in the region, including the 1866 robbery of the Clay County Savings Association bank in Liberty, Missouri.

2. May 27, 1935, marked the opening of the Hoover Dam, located along the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. The dam, which took over five years to construct, was a major feat of engineering and resulted in the creation of Lake Mead.

3. In 1962, the National Football League (NFL) held its first draft in which all of the league's teams participated. Previously, only the teams with the lowest records were given the opportunity to draft first. The first player selected in the 1962 draft was Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis, who was chosen by the Washington Redskins.

4. On May 27, 1916, a devastating tornado struck the small town of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 people and injuring over 200 others. The tornado, which was part of a larger outbreak that impacted the central and southern United States, remains one of the deadliest in Kansas history.

5. The first World War II Honor Flight from Kansas took place on May 27, 2008. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that provides free trips to Washington, D.C., for veterans to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The first Kansas flight transported 32 veterans and over 20 volunteers to the nation's capital.
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