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Kansas Day:

Great Moments in Kansas State History


We know you’ve already marked your calendars and have eagerly been waiting, but January 29th is almost here and that means Kansas Day is almost here. This year our neighbor to the east is turning 153 years old. And we at Outdoor Man want to help you celebrate The Sunflower State by remembering a few of the greatest moments in Kansas history.


Brown v. The Board of Education (1954)
Though lacking the adorable primate mascot of another momentous trial of the twentieth century, Brown v. The Board of Education paved the way for racial integration in the public school system. The trial spurred two sequels, Brown II and Brown III, though neither became household judiciary rulings.


NBA’s Paul Pierce Honors Kansas (1998)
Paul Pierce is drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1998 NBA Draft. Pierce, a California native, grew so enamored with the state during his college career at the University of Kansas he decided to wear number 34 to honor Kansas, the 34th state admitted to the Union.


Band Kansas Forms (1973)
Failing to derive any inspirational or rock-worthy band names from the many landmarks and monuments that the state probably-definitely-might has, band members chose “Kansas” as a placeholder name until they could come up with “something, anything better.” The band is best known for their song “Dust in the Wind,” which is about as exciting as the state of Kansas gets.


Kansas City (1853)
During a late night game of craps the state of Kansas loses the city of Kansas City to the state of Missouri. Kansas officials downplay the loss claiming mainstays in the now-Kansas City, Missouri — including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Plaza, and sporting venues Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium — do not represent quiet austerity of the great people of Kansas.


We jest, Kansas. You’re a great neighbor, we never have to ask you to turn down the stereo, you distract all the tornadoes that come by and if you didn’t exist, neither would the “Wizard of Oz.” All of us at Outdoor Man wish you a happy 153rd! You don’t look a day over 150.


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