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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Kansas History

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1. On October 13, 1913, the Kansas State Board of Health issued a ban on public spitting in an effort to prevent the spread of disease. The ban was part of a larger movement in the early 20th century to improve public sanitation and hygiene.

2. In 1862, the Battle of Old Fort Wayne took place on October 13 in Cherokee County, Kansas. It was a small, but strategically important battle in the Civil War where Union forces successfully defended a fort against Confederate troops.

3. On October 13, 1899, the first football game was played between the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri. The Kansas Jayhawks won by a score of 22-0. The two teams continue to play each other annually in the Border War rivalry, although the rivalry has been put on hold since 2012.

4. The deadliest tornado outbreak in Kansas history began on October 12, 1918, and continued into October 13. The outbreak resulted in 26 tornadoes and over 100 deaths across the state.

5. On October 13, 1970, President Richard Nixon visited Kansas City to give a speech on the Vietnam War. Amidst protests and a tense political climate, Nixon called for unity and urged Americans to support the war effort.
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