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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Missouri History

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1. On October 13, 1825, the first steamboat arrived in St. Louis, Missouri. Called the "General Pike," the steamboat was a game-changer for transportation in the state, allowing for faster and more efficient travels on the Mississippi River.

2. In 1863, on October 13, the Battle of Marshall took place in Saline County, Missouri during the Civil War. It was a small but important battle, fought as part of the larger Confederate raid into the state that year.

3. On October 13, 1904, the World's Fair in St. Louis closed its doors. The fair, also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, attracted millions of visitors and showcased some of the most innovative and unique inventions and technologies of the time.

4. In 1950, on October 13, the University of Missouri held its first homecoming parade. The tradition continues today, with thousands of alumni returning to campus every year for the festivities.

5. On October 13, 1982, Air Midwest Flight 5481 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, killing all 44 passengers and crew on board. The tragedy led to improved safety measures and regulations in the airline industry.
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