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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Kansas History

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1. On October 7, 1864, the Battle of Marais des Cygnes took place in Linn County, Kansas during the American Civil War. Confederate forces led by General Sterling Price were defeated by Union troops, effectively ending Price's Missouri Expedition.

2. October 7, 1912 marked the opening of the Kansas State Normal School (now Emporia State University) in Emporia, Kansas. The school was one of the first teacher training institutions in the Midwest and has since grown to offer a wide variety of degree programs.

3. On October 7, 1949, the University of Kansas Jayhawkers (now the Jayhawks) football team played their first ever Big Seven Conference game, defeating Oklahoma State University 20-6.

4. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was honored with a parade through his childhood hometown of Abilene, Kansas on October 7. The parade was part of a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower's high school graduation.

5. The dedication of the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center in Kansas City, Kansas took place on October 7, 1988. The museum is housed in a restored 1887 Victorian mansion and showcases the cultural heritage of the surrounding neighborhoods.
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