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5 Fun Facts About August 5 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska Statehood Day: On August 5, 1864, President Lincoln signed the Nebraska Statehood bill, making Nebraska the 37th state in the United States.

2. Creation of Kool-Aid: On August 5, 1927, Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid in Hastings, Nebraska. The drink mix became a popular staple in American households and is still enjoyed today.

3. US Space Foundation: On August 5, 1983, the US Space Foundation was established in Colorado Springs, Colorado by a group of Nebraska business leaders. The foundation promotes space exploration, education, and innovation.

4. Nebraska's First Female Governor: On August 5, 2015, Nebraska's first female governor, Kay Orr, celebrated her 80th birthday. Governor Orr served from 1987-1991 and was a trailblazer for women in politics.

5. Nebraska's First Poet Laureate: On August 5, 1922, Nebraska's first Poet Laureate, John G. Neihardt, was born in Sharpsburg, Illinois. Neihardt authored several books and was known for his works on Native American culture and history. His home, the Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Nebraska, is a popular attraction for literary tourists.
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