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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Kansas History

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1. In 1885, the first game of basketball was played in Kansas at a YMCA in Topeka. The game was invented by Dr. James Naismith, who was a physical education instructor at the school.

2. In 1944, the deadliest prison riot in Kansas history occurred at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing. Four inmates were killed and several others injured in the riot, which was caused by overcrowding and poor living conditions.

3. On November 28, 1950, President Harry Truman visited his hometown of Independence, Kansas, for the dedication of a new hospital named in his honor. The hospital is still in operation today.

4. In 1988, actor Paul Newman visited Hutchinson, Kansas, to film portions of the movie "Blaze," which was based on the life of Louisiana Governor Earl Long. Newman played the role of Long in the film.

5. On November 28, 1995, Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year. Snyder led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record that season and a victory in the Holiday Bowl. He went on to become one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
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