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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In Missouri History

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1. Famous author Mark Twain was born on November 24, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. He later moved to Hannibal, Missouri, which served as inspiration for many of the settings in his books, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

2. On November 24, 1863, during the height of the Civil War, the Battle of Prairie Grove took place in Arkansas, just south of the Missouri border. Although Missouri troops were not involved in the battle, it was a significant engagement that helped to secure Union control of Arkansas.

3. Missouri's first state capitol building burned down on November 24, 1837, just four years after the state was admitted to the Union. The building was located in the city of St. Charles and was replaced by the current state capitol building in Jefferson City.

4. In 1971, the state of Missouri became the first to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, following the passage of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This change took effect on November 24 of that year, allowing 18-year-olds to vote in both state and federal elections.

5. On November 24, 1880, American feminist and suffragist Kate Chopin published her first short story, entitled "Wooing." Chopin, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1850, went on to become a prominent writer and advocate for women's rights, publishing several novels and dozens of short stories over the course of her career.
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