The government shutdown caused a lot problems and stopped a lot of things from happening on Oct. 1, 2013, but there are some things that many didn't expect. NBC Washington reported that a the government shutdown actually caused a Ku Klux Klan rally to not happen at an iconic landmark in American history.
The KKK had planned to have a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park, but it had to be canceled because of the government shutdown.
All national park officials had to rescind all permits for any type of special events because the shutdown employs federal employees that are considered "non-essential." The KKK group from Maryland had an approved permit for a gathering on Saturday.
Others were not happy with the park for allowing the group to have a gathering at Gettysburg, but park officials said they have a responsibility for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech.
Back in September, the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a membership rally at the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. At that spot, there was a Civil War battle that ended up setting the course for the Emancipation Proclamation.