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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Missouri History

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1. On November 23, 1808, Missouri Territory was created by an act of the United States Congress. The territory encompassed most of present-day Missouri and parts of present-day Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

2. On November 23, 1934, notorious bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. Floyd had been on the run for three years and was rumored to have committed robberies in Missouri, among other states.

3. On November 23, 1954, the University of Missouri football team played in its first-ever bowl game, the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. The Tigers lost to the University of Georgia Bulldogs 14-0.

4. On November 23, 1971, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established by an act of Congress. The park encompasses a vast area of land and water in southern Missouri, and is one of the few free-flowing river systems in the United States.

5. On November 23, 2014, a grand jury in St. Louis County announced that it would not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision sparked widespread protests and renewed scrutiny of police practices and race relations in the United States.
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