1. Kansas Became a State: September 14, 1861, marks a significant day in Kansas history as it became the 34th state in the Union. The state’s journey to statehood was marked by a long period of violence and political unrest culminating in the Free-State victory in the Bleeding Kansas conflict.
2. Dwight D. Eisenhower Statue: The life-sized bronze statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, was unveiled on September 14, 2002, in Abilene, Kansas. The statue stands as a remembrance of the state’s native son who rose to the highest office in the land and led the country through the early years of the Cold War.
3. Great Flood: September 14, 1951, marked the height of the most significant flood to ever hit Kansas. The great flood caused widespread destruction and loss of life, with many small towns inundated and submerged by the floodwaters. The event remains etched in the memories of many Kansans who experienced its devastating effects.
4. Dodge City War: On September 14, 1883, the infamous Dodge City War reached its climax, with the town marshal, Lawrence Deger, fatally shooting a saloon owner, Larry Shehan. The event marked the end of an era of lawlessness and the beginning of a new era of law and order in the frontier town.
5. Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum: The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum opened its doors to the public on September 14, 1976, in Atchison, Kansas. The museum celebrates the life and legacy of the famous aviator Amelia Earhart, who was born in Atchison in 1897. The museum houses exhibits showcasing Earhart’s achievements as an aviatrix and her impact on aviation history.
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