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5 Fun Facts About November 20 In Louisiana History

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1. The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed on November 20, 1803, in Paris, France, by the United States and France. This agreement transferred control of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, doubling the size of the nation.

2. On November 20, 1947, the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge was dedicated. This towering structure is the tallest capitol in the United States, standing at 450 feet tall.

3. November 20, 1979, is the date that the infamous Acadiana train derailment occurred. Thirty-five cars of a train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed and caught fire in Livingston Parish, causing a massive explosion and the evacuation of 3,500 residents.

4. The Louisiana Board of Education announced the establishment of the TOPS scholarship program on November 20, 1989. This program provides merit-based scholarships to Louisiana students who attend one of the state's public universities or community colleges.

5. On November 20, 2019, a rare tornado outbreak swept through the state, with 17 confirmed tornadoes causing damage across several parishes. The most severe tornado was rated an EF3, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
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