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5 Fun Facts About October 5 In Missouri History

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1. In 1948, future baseball legend Yogi Berra hit his first World Series home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

2. On October 5, 1972, Missouri's Harry S. Truman Library and Museum was dedicated in Independence. Truman was the nation's 33rd president and is remembered for his leadership during World War II, the Korean War, and the beginning of the Cold War.

3. In 2004, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Central Division title on October 5. The team would go on to win the National League pennant that year.

4. On October 5, 1864, Union General Samuel Curtis won the Battle of Westport, which was the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River.

5. Missouri's famous KC-135 aerial refueling tanker made its first flight on October 5, 1956. The tanker was developed and produced by Boeing and is still in use by the United States Air Force today.
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