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5 Fun Facts About November 27 In Missouri History

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1. On November 27, 1817, Missouri was granted statehood, becoming the 24th state to join the Union. The state was originally part of the vast Louisiana Territory acquired by the United States in 1803 from France in the Louisiana Purchase.

2. In 1863, during the American Civil War, Missouri Governor Hamilton Gamble issued a proclamation calling for a day of thanksgiving and prayer to be observed on November 27. The proclamation urged residents to reflect on the blessings of freedom, prosperity, and peace, and to pray for an end to the war and a restoration of unity and goodwill among Americans.

3. On November 27, 1901, the iconic Kansas City Southern Railway was incorporated in Missouri as part of a plan to connect Kansas City with deep-water ports in the Gulf of Mexico. The railroad played a vital role in the development of commerce and trade in the region and served as a vital transportation link for decades.

4. In 1942, the University of Missouri football team played in its first-ever bowl game, the Sugar Bowl, which took place on November 27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Tigers beat the Fordham Rams 2-0 in a game that was famous for its defensive prowess and muddy conditions, which made the field nearly unplayable.

5. On November 27, 1985, St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Jack Clark won his first career National League MVP award, following a season in which he hit 22 home runs and batted in 87 runs while leading the Cardinals to their second World Series appearance in three years. Clark played 18 seasons in the major leagues and finished his career with 340 home runs and 1,180 RBIs.
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