1. In 1951, the United States Army opened the Sunflower Ordnance Works in De Soto, Kansas. The plant was used to manufacture bombs and other explosives during the Korean War.
2. On November 2, 1914, William Allen White, a prominent Kansas journalist and editor of the Emporia Gazette, published an editorial in support of President Woodrow Wilson's policies during World War I. The editorial, titled "To An Anxious Friend," became one of the most famous in American history.
3. In 1889, the Kansas State Agricultural College, now known as Kansas State University, played its first football game. They defeated Fort Riley, 32-0.
4. On November 2, 1863, Quantrill's Raiders, a group of Confederate guerrillas, attacked the town of Baxter Springs, Kansas. They killed approximately 100 Union soldiers and civilians before fleeing.
5. In 1887, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad completed a rail line from the Colorado border to Lakin, Kansas. The line opened up western Kansas to settlement, agriculture, and commerce.
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