With five days remaining before Kansas ends its 150th anniversary celebrating statehood, Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced the top 12 events that shaped the state and affected the nation.
Some were painful, such as the efforts to remove Native Americans from the prairie.
Others, such as the arrival of rural electrification, caused farm homes across the state to be as bright as those in the cities. Yet, one event in the 1930s caused those homes to grow dark again when great dust storms swept the state.
"It’s a fitting end to the year of celebrating our history to recognize the 12 events in Kansas history that most impacted the nation and the world,” Brownback said in front of students at the Topeka High School Media Center.
The events, selected by a blue-ribbon panel that included prominent Kansas historians, are: