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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Nebraska History

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1. On December 24, 1865, the first train arrived in Grand Island, Nebraska. The arrival of the train marked the beginning of significant growth and economic development in the area.

2. In 1871, December 24 marked the founding of Lincoln, Nebraska's first public library. The Lincoln Public Library quickly became a cornerstone of education and knowledge in the community.

3. On December 24, 1879, a massive snowstorm hit Nebraska, bringing record-breaking snowfall and halting transportation and communication throughout the state. The storm was so severe that it became known as the "Great Blizzard of 1879."

4. December 24, 1936, marked the opening of the first airport in North Platte, Nebraska. The airport was a significant development for the region, as air travel became increasingly popular and important in the decades to come.

5. In 1979, December 24 was the day that Nebraska Governor Charles Thone announced the state's official decision to legalize gambling. The decision was controversial, but ultimately led to significant economic growth and development in the state's gaming industry.
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