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5 Fun Facts About October 20 In Missouri History

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1. In 1874, the first public library in Kansas City, Missouri was established on October 20th. This library was set up in a small room and had less than 300 books.

2. On October 20th, 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began. This was a major naval battle fought between the Allied and Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The battle involved one of the largest naval fleets in history.

3. October 20th, 1985 was the day when the beloved Hall of Fame pitcher, Dizzy Dean, passed away in Nevada, Missouri. Dean was known for his pitching prowess in the 1930s and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.

4. In 2005, St. Louis, Missouri hosted the National Scout Jamboree on October 20th. This event was the largest gathering of Boy Scouts in history and attracted over 43,000 participants.

5. On October 20th, 2016, the Kansas City Royals won Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. This win sent the Royals to the World Series for the second time in two years. The Royals ultimately became World Champions in 2016.
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