1. On September 21, 1935, the Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The dam, located on the border of Arizona and Nevada, was constructed to harness the power of the Colorado River and provide hydroelectric power to surrounding states, including Kansas.
2. In 1866, the town of Sharon Springs was established in western Kansas. The town was named after Sharon, Massachusetts, and quickly grew as a hub for ranchers and farmers in the area.
3. On September 21, 1964, the University of Kansas officially integrated its athletic programs, ending a long-standing practice of segregation. This paved the way for African American athletes like Wilt Chamberlain and Jo Jo White to play for the university's basketball team and inspired similar changes at other schools throughout the Midwest.
4. The first known tornado to be captured on film occurred on September 21, 1955, in the town of Hickory, Kansas. The footage, which showed the tornado tearing through homes and buildings, was later used by meteorologists to study tornado behavior and develop better warning systems.
5. In 2003, Kansas native Lisa Kudrow won an Emmy Award for her role as Phoebe Buffay on the hit television show Friends. Kudrow, who grew up in Encino, California, often drew on her experiences in Kansas when developing the character of Phoebe, who was known for her quirky personality and offbeat sense of humor.
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