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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Kansas History

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1. 1864 - Battle of Marais des Cygnes: This battle took place in Linn County, Kansas, during the American Civil War. The Union Army under Major General James G. Blunt faced off against Confederate forces led by General Sterling Price. The Union Army ultimately emerged victorious, with around 100 Confederate soldiers killed or wounded.

2. 1888 - The Great Blizzard of 1888: Known as one of the worst blizzards in American history, the Great Blizzard of 1888 affected many states including Kansas. On October 6 of that year, a massive snowstorm started in the Midwest, dumping up to 50 inches of snow in some areas. The storm caused numerous deaths and left thousands of people stranded in their homes for days.

3. 1917 - First African American Officers: On this day, seven African American men were commissioned as officers in the United States Army at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. This marked the first time that black men were allowed to train as officers in the army, and paved the way for greater racial integration in the military.

4. 1959 - Kansas City Athletics: On this day, the American League approved the move of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team from Philadelphia to Kansas City. The team played their first game in their new city in April of the following year.

5. 2003 - Amelia Earhart Museum: The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum opened in Atchison, Kansas on October 6, 2003. The museum celebrates the life and legacy of the pioneering aviator who was born in Atchison in 1897. The museum features exhibits on Earhart's life, achievements, and impact on women in aviation.
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