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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In Kansas History

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1. In 1867, The Kansas State Teachers Association was founded in Emporia, Kansas. It is the oldest professional organization representing teachers in Kansas.

2. In 1943, the famous pilot and aviation innovator, Clyde Cessna, died in Wichita, Kansas. Cessna founded the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita and played a significant role in the growth of aviation in Kansas.

3. In 1952, the first American soldier killed in the Korean War from Kansas was Private First Class Ervin D. Lawrence from Wichita. He was killed in action on October 18, 1952.

4. In 1983, the infamous “BTK” serial killer, Dennis Rader from Wichita, killed his third victim, 62-year-old Shirley Vian. Rader’s killings terrorized Wichita for over three decades before he was finally caught and convicted in 2005.

5. In 2014, the Kansas City Royals won Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. This victory was key in leading the Royals to their first World Series appearance in 29 years.
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