Here are five interesting facts about November 24 in Kansas history:
1. The small town of Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado on November 24, 2007. The town was devastated, with 95% of its buildings destroyed. Greensburg has since rebuilt as a model of sustainable, green living.
2. On November 24, 1864, Confederate forces under General Sterling Price were defeated by Union forces at the Battle of Mine Creek during the American Civil War. The battle is considered a significant Union victory in the war's Trans-Mississippi Theater.
3. The Kansas State Board of Agriculture was established on November 24, 1872. The board's mission is to promote and develop the agricultural industry in Kansas.
4. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, visited Topeka on November 24, 1948, during his re-election campaign. Thousands of people turned out to see Truman speak at the Kansas Expocentre.
5. The infamous "BTK Killer," Dennis Rader, was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, on November 24, 1945. Rader was convicted of murdering ten people over a span of seventeen years in the Wichita area. He is currently serving ten consecutive life sentences in prison.
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