1. Statehood: On November 15, 1864, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state. After years of controversy over slavery and territorial status, Kansas became a free state in the lead-up to the Civil War.
2. Carnegie Library: The first Carnegie Library in Kansas opened on November 15, 1902, in Leavenworth. The Carnegie Foundation donated money to build libraries across the country, and many of these libraries still stand today as cultural and historical landmarks.
3. Moonwalk: On November 15, 1969, American astronaut Alan Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard smuggled a makeshift golf club and two golf balls on board the lunar module, and recorded himself hitting one of the balls about 200 yards.
4. Tornado Outbreak: On November 15, 1992, a series of tornadoes swept through parts of Kansas and surrounding states, causing extensive damage and leaving several people dead. The outbreak was one of the largest on record for November, with over 100 tornadoes reported across the region.
5. Aviator's death: On November 15, 1926, pioneer aviator Walter Beech died in a plane crash near the Wichita airport. Beech cofounded Beech Aircraft Corporation and played a major role in developing the aviation industry in Kansas. He remains a celebrated figure in the state's history of flight.
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