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5 Fun Facts About October 27 In Kansas History

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1. In 1899, the Jayhawkers, the University of Kansas football team, played their first game against the team from Baker University. The Jayhawkers won the game 22-9. This was the beginning of one of the oldest and most storied football programs in the country.

2. In 1917, the first class of students graduated from Wichita State University, which was then known as Fairmount College. The school has since grown into a major university with over 15,000 students.

3. In 1936, the infamous "Wizard of Oz" tornado struck the town of Oakley, Kansas, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. The tornado was one of the strongest and most devastating in Kansas history.

4. In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas, to dedicate the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The museum has since become a major attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world.

5. In 2002, the Kansas City Royals played the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the World Series. The Royals won the game 6-1, but ultimately lost the series in Game 7. It was the first time the Royals had been in the World Series in 17 years.
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