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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In Kansas History

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Here are five interesting facts about September 10 in Kansas history:

1. In 1863, the Lawrence Massacre occurred on September 10, during the American Civil War. Quantrill's Raiders, a Confederate guerrilla group, attacked and burned the city of Lawrence, Kansas, killing around 200 men and boys.

2. In 1912, Kansas native and aviation pioneer Clyde Cessna made his first successful airplane flight on September 10. He was the first person to design and build an aircraft all by himself.

3. In 1960, a tornado outbreak hit northeastern Kansas on September 10. Seven tornadoes touched down, causing extensive damage and killing 16 people.

4. On September 10, 1989, what is now known as the "Great Plains storm" swept through western Kansas. It was a severe thunderstorm system that produced several dozen tornadoes, hail, and flash floods. It was one of the most intense weather systems to hit the region in modern history.

5. In 2003, the Kansas State Board of Education voted on September 10 to remove evolution from the state's science standards. The decision sparked controversy and a legal battle that lasted for several years until the policy was reversed in 2007.
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