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5 Fun Facts About August 9 In Nebraska History

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1. On August 9, 1926, the Nebraska State Capitol building was officially dedicated. The building's structure stands 400 feet tall and was built over four stages, taking ten years to complete. It remains one of the main landmarks of Lincoln, Nebraska.

2. August 9, 1854, saw the first-ever published advertisement for Nebraska City. The ad read, "Nebraska City Strives to Please," and encouraged people to settle in the new territory.

3. In 1881, the city of Omaha experienced a massive flood that destroyed many of its buildings, bridges, and streets. August 9 was the day when the waters finally receded, leaving the population to contend with the devastation.

4. August 9, 1969, was the date that the city of Lincoln held its first-ever Ethnic Festival, which later became the annual "Lincoln Ethnic Festival." The event celebrates the cultural diversity of the city and includes music, dances, and food from around the world.

5. On August 9, 1872, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody made his debut as a performer at the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show in Omaha. Cody became famous for his skills as a buffalo hunter and his Wild West performances, which included feats of sharpshooting and horse riding. He played a vital role in creating the lore of the American West.
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