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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Nebraska History

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1. On April 27, 1951, Omaha's KOWH radio station was launched. It quickly became one of the most popular radio stations in the city, known for its top 40 music format and lively DJs.

2. In 1965, on April 27, a tornado struck the small town of Akron, Nebraska. The devastating twister killed 20 people, injured dozens more, and destroyed much of the town.

3. April 27, 1968, saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The auditorium served as the premier performing arts venue in Omaha for over four decades, until it was demolished in 2016.

4. In 1983, on April 27, Nebraska became the first state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. This landmark legislation was a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community.

5. On April 27, 2011, a massive wildfire broke out in Western Nebraska. The fire burned more than 90,000 acres of land, destroyed multiple homes and buildings, and caused significant damage to wildlife and livestock in the area. It took firefighters several days to contain the blaze.
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