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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In Nebraska History

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1. On August 28, 1860, Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union. Originally part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Nebraska had been a territory since 1854 before it achieved statehood.

2. In 1922, a major fire destroyed the historic Kountze Park neighborhood in Omaha. The fire began on August 28 and quickly spread, destroying over 80 houses and causing nearly $1 million in damages. Despite the devastation, the neighborhood was rebuilt and today remains a vibrant part of the city.

3. August 28, 1963 was the date of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. While the march took place in Washington D.C., Nebraskans were among the thousands of people who traveled from across the country to participate.

4. On August 28, 1971, the University of Nebraska football team played its first game at what is now known as Memorial Stadium. The game was against Oregon, and the Huskers won 34-7. Today, Memorial Stadium is one of the largest college football stadiums in the country, with a capacity of over 85,000.

5. August 28, 1991 was the opening day of the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. The fair has been a beloved annual event since 1868, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the state each year. From carnival rides to agricultural exhibits, there is always plenty to see and do at the fair.
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