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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became a state on August 8, 1867: This day marks an important milestone in Nebraska history since it was on this day that the state officially became a member of the United States of America.

2. The Battle of Warbonnet Creek took place on August 8, 1876: This battle was fought between the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes against the US Army during the Black Hills War in Nebraska. The outcome of the battle was inconclusive but it marked an important moment in the conflict.

3. The Starkweather-Fugate killing spree began on August 8, 1956: This infamous series of murders committed by teenagers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate shocked the nation and terrorized Nebraska for several days.

4. The first ever US Olympic volleyball team was formed on August 8, 1964: The team consisted of players from Nebraska and California and won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics that year.

5. Nebraska's first female governor was inaugurated on August 8, 2015: Republican Governor Pete Ricketts appointed former State Senator and Lieutenant Governor-elect, Lavon Heidemann, as the 40th governor of Nebraska following his resignation from the office.
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