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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became a state in 1867, but it wasn't until August 13, 1868, that the first state fair was held in Nebraska. It was held in a small town called Brownville and was attended by more than 7,000 people.

2. In 1932, a man named Charles Starkweather was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He went on to become one of the most infamous serial killers in United States history, and his killing spree began in Nebraska in 1957.

3. On August 13, 1927, the Nebraska State Capitol Building was dedicated in Lincoln. At the time, it was the tallest building between Chicago and Denver.

4. In 1966, a devastating tornado struck the town of Spencer, Nebraska, killing 6 people and injuring more than 200. The tornado was one of the worst in Nebraska history, and it caused millions of dollars in damage.

5. In 1987, a group of scientists led by paleontologist Michael Voorhies discovered a nearly complete skeleton of a prehistoric mammal called a bear-dog in the badlands of western Nebraska. The discovery was significant because it was one of the most complete skeletons of a bear-dog ever found, and it helped shed light on the evolution of mammals in North America.
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