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5 Fun Facts About August 2 In Nebraska History

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1. The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law on August 2, granting eligible individuals the right to claim up to 160 acres of federal land in Nebraska and other states in the west for free, as long as they lived on and improved the land for at least five years.

2. On August 2, 1943, the city of McCook experienced its hottest day on record, with temperatures soaring to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat wave, which lasted several days, caused widespread drought and crop damage across the state.

3. Nebraska's first state fair was held on August 2, 1869, in Nebraska City. Over 17,000 people attended the event, which featured live music, carnival games, and exhibitions of livestock, produce, and other agricultural products.

4. On August 2, 1927, aviatrix Amelia Earhart made a refueling stop at the Omaha airport during her transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to New York. Earhart's historic journey helped popularize aviation and inspire more women to pursue careers in the field.

5. The USS Nebraska, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned on August 2, 1997. The vessel, which is armed with torpedoes and cruise missiles, has served in various missions around the world and is still in active duty as of 2021.
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