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5 Fun Facts About December 21 In Nebraska History

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1. On December 21, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state in the Union. Prior to statehood, Nebraska was a territory under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The state capital, Lincoln, was not established until several years later.

2. In 1937, on December 21st, Kearney, Nebraska experienced a devastating blizzard that caused many deaths and extensive damage. The blizzard, which lasted for several days, was known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard and was caused by a combination of strong winds and snow.

3. On December 21, 1975, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team defeated the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to win the Orange Bowl and the national championship. The game was played in Miami, Florida, and was the first national championship for the Cornhuskers in 43 years.

4. In 1992, on December 21st, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on homosexual conduct was unconstitutional. The case, State v. Hunt, was brought by a gay man who had been arrested for engaging in consensual sexual activity with another man. The ruling was a landmark decision for gay rights in Nebraska.

5. On December 21, 2017, the largest solar farm in Nebraska was completed and began producing electricity. The Keystone Solar Project, located in Kearney, consists of over 200,000 solar panels and has a capacity of 81 megawatts. The project is expected to produce enough electricity to power over 14,000 homes.
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