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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Kansas History

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1. In 1866, the first train robbery in the United States occurred just outside of Seymour, Kansas. A group of bandits had stopped a passenger train and stole over $60,000 in gold.

2. In 1951, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born and raised in Kansas, addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. during his presidency. In his speech, he discussed the challenges facing the world at the time, including the Korean War and the threat of Communism.

3. On November 13, 1986, a massive fire broke out at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, causing extensive damage to the facility. The fire, which was ignited by a group of inmates, resulted in the death of one inmate and the injuries of several others.

4. In 1989, Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK Killer, carried out his fourth known murder in Park City, Kansas. Rader would go on to commit several more murders before finally being caught and convicted in 2005.

5. In 2013, the University of Kansas men's basketball team played their first regular season game in the newly-renovated Allen Fieldhouse. The arena had undergone extensive renovations, including the addition of a new video board and improved seating. The Jayhawks went on to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 80-63 in the game.
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