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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Missouri History

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1. Missouri became a state on November 13, 1821. In a ceremony in the Missouri state capitol building, Governor Alexander McNair signed the bill that officially granted Missouri statehood. The event was attended by many prominent political figures, including future president Andrew Jackson.

2. In 1895, a devastating tornado struck the town of St. Louis on November 13. The tornado, the deadliest in Missouri history, killed 255 people and caused over $10 million in damage. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.

3. On November 13, 1950, the famous entertainer and Missouri-native Kate Smith performed a benefit concert for the Missouri Ozarks Flood Relief Fund. The concert raised over $125,000 for the victims of the devastating floods that had impacted Missouri earlier that year.

4. The Missouri Tigers football team played its first ever night game on November 13, 1971. The team hosted the Kansas Jayhawks in a game that would go down in history as the first-ever night game played at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. The game ended in a 23-7 victory for the Tigers.

5. On November 13, 2018, voters in Missouri approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in the state. The referendum passed by a wide margin, with over two-thirds of voters in favor. Missouri became the 32nd state to legalize medical marijuana.
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