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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Kansas History

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1. In 1859, Charles Curtis was born in Topeka, Kansas. He would grow up to become a United States Senator and the nation's first Native American Vice President under President Herbert Hoover.

2. On October 11, 1963, the University of Kansas Jayhawks football team defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in what is considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Kansas had not beaten Oklahoma since 1946 and was a 17-point underdog heading into the game.

3. In 1928, the first airplane to circumnavigate the globe landed in Wichita, Kansas. The flight had started in Seattle and took 175 days to complete.

4. The infamous serial killer BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) taunted police on October 11, 1974, by sending a poem to a local newspaper in Wichita, Kansas. The poem was one of many communications he would send over the next several decades, leading to his eventual capture in 2005.

5. On October 11, 1911, John R. Brinkley performed his first goat gland transplant surgery in Milford, Kansas. Brinkley claimed that his procedure could cure impotence and other ailments, but it was later discovered to be fraudulent and resulted in his medical license being revoked.
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