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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In Kansas History

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1. In 1856, the town of Osawatomie was attacked by pro-slavery forces during the Bleeding Kansas conflict. The town's founder, John Brown, became a national hero for his defense of the town and his subsequent actions in the fight against slavery.

2. In 1957, a tornado struck downtown Topeka, killing 17 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. The storm is still considered one of the deadliest tornadoes in Kansas history.

3. In 1985, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics was named MVP of the NBA Finals after his team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6. Bird, born in West Baden Springs, Indiana, played college basketball at Indiana State University before being drafted by the Celtics in 1978.

4. In 2004, a federal judge ordered the state of Kansas to stop teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in its public schools. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by parents who objected to the school district's curriculum.

5. In 2013, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Kansas since 1966 occurred, with a total of 19 tornadoes touching down across the state. The storms caused widespread damage and destruction, including one EF-5 tornado that hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people.
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