November 6 has been an important day in Kansas history, here are five interesting facts about this day:
1. Kansas became a state on November 6, 1861: After years of turmoil and bloody battles, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state. Kansas had been fighting for its freedom from slavery and the right to self-determination, which was finally recognized with statehood.
2. Amelia Earhart was born on November 6, 1897: One of the most famous women in aviation history, Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. She became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and was a pioneer for women's rights.
3. Dwight D. Eisenhower was re-elected President on November 6, 1956: Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, Texas but considered Abilene, Kansas his hometown, won the 1956 presidential election with over 57% of the popular vote.
4. Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "Little House on the Prairie" was published on November 6, 1935: The beloved children's book was set in Kansas and is based on Wilder's own childhood experiences living on a farm in the state.
5. Kansas State University was founded on November 6, 1863: Originally known as the Kansas State Agricultural College, the university was established through the Morrill Land-Grant Act and has since become a leading research institution in the state.
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