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5 Fun Facts About October 17 In Kansas History

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1. In 1864, the Battle of as Blue in Jackson County, Missouri was fought. The battle saw Confederate troops, led by General Sterling Price, attempt to capture Kansas City, but were met by Union soldiers.

2. In 1931, legendary outlaw Alvin Karpis was arrested in Topeka, Kansas. Karpis was a member of the Barker-Karpis gang and was one of the most wanted criminals in America at the time of his arrest.

3. In 1966, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills in a thrilling AFL game. The game was notable for being the first-ever nationally-televised prime-time football game.

4. In 1989, an F4 tornado tore through the town of Hesston, Kansas. The tornado was one of the worst natural disasters in Kansas history, killing nine people and causing over $45 million in damage.

5. In 2018, the Wichita Police Department announced that they had solved a 1986 cold case involving the murder of 25-year-old teacher Shari Miller. The case had been unsolved for over 30 years before a break in the case led to the arrest of a suspect.
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