Here are 5 interesting facts about September 5 in Kansas history:
1. In 1856, a group of pro-slavery irregulars (also known as Border Ruffians) attacked the town of Osawatomie, Kansas, killing several people and burning down buildings. The attack was in retaliation for the anti-slavery stance of abolitionist John Brown, who had established a free-state settlement in the area.
2. In 1905, the first meeting of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association was held in Wichita, paving the way for women's right to vote in the state. Kansas was the eighth state to grant women full suffrage, four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
3. In 1924, the Chrysler Corporation opened a new automobile assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas, bringing much-needed jobs and economic growth to the area. The plant produced cars and trucks for more than 75 years before it was closed in 2011.
4. In 1960, Topeka native and future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her first day of classes as a law student at Harvard University. Ginsburg, who grew up in Kansas during the 1930s and 40s, would later become a leading advocate for women's rights and a champion of civil liberties.
5. In 1985, Kansas City Royals player George Brett recorded his 2,000th career hit during a game against the Texas Rangers. Brett, who played his entire career with the Royals, won three batting titles and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
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