1. Kansas Day
November 12 is celebrated as Kansas Day, commemorating the day in 1861 when Kansas became the 34th state in the United States. The day is marked by various events and activities throughout the state.
2. Free State Battle
On November 12, 1855, a group of Free State settlers in Lawrence, Kansas, clashed with pro-slavery supporters in what came to be known as the Free State Battle. The confrontation was part of the broader conflict between pro-slavery and anti-slavery advocates in Kansas at the time.
On November 12, 1880, Kansas adopted a prohibition amendment to its state constitution, making it the first state in the country to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol. The law remained in place until 1948, when it was repealed.
4. Amelia Earhart
Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. She lived in Kansas until the age of twelve, when her family moved to California. However, her connection to her birth state remained strong throughout her life.
5. Dwight Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, grew up in Abilene, Kansas. He was born in Texas in 1890, but his family moved to Kansas when he was a boy. Many of his early experiences in Kansas, including working on farms and playing football, influenced his later life and career.
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