1. Kansas Statehood Day: November 3, 1861, is regarded as the official Statehood Day in Kansas when the state was admitted to the Union as the 34th state. This event marked the end of the long struggle between pro- and anti-slavery forces in Kansas.
2. Amelia Earhart's Birthday: Born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. November 3 marks her birth anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, the Amelia Earhart Festival is held annually in Atchison.
3. Kansas University Established: The University of Kansas was founded on November 3, 1865, in Lawrence, Kansas. It has since become one of the top-ranked universities in the United States, known for its research programs and acclaimed basketball team.
4. Dodge City's Infamous Shootout: On November 3, 1883, a gunfight took place in Dodge City between Luke Short and Bat Masterson. The incident became known as the "Dodge City War" and is regarded as one of the most famous shootouts in the Wild West.
5. Monument Rocks Designated National Natural Landmark: In 1968, Monument Rocks in Gove County, Kansas, was designated as a National Natural Landmark. The unique limestone structures, also known as the Chalk Pyramids, stand over 70 feet tall and are estimated to be 80 million years old. They are considered among the most significant geological formations in the United States.
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