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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska gained statehood on April 11, 1867, becoming the 37th state of the United States.
2. In 1934, the first game ever played at the brand new Municipal Auditorium in Omaha was a basketball game between the Harlem Globetrotters and a team of local all-stars, held on April 11.
3. The famous baseball pitcher Bob Gibson was born in Omaha on April 9, 1935. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Gibson passed away on October 2, 2020, at the age of 84.
4. On April 11, 1899, Lincoln, Nebraska, experienced one of the worst blizzards in its history. It began on April 10 and continued until April 12, causing power outages and interrupting transportation throughout the city.
5. In 1985, a category 4 tornado touched down in the small town of Sutton, Nebraska, on April 11. The tornado caused 14 injuries and one death, as well as significant damage to homes and businesses in the area.
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