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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1865, the town of Lincoln was officially incorporated in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, the town would become the state capital just four years later.

2. During the winter of 1888, a massive blizzard struck Nebraska on December 26th, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Known as the "Children's Blizzard," the storm caught many unaware and claimed the lives of more than 200 people, many of them children on their way home from school.

3. December 26th, 1936 marked the beginning of a historic heat wave that would grip the state for several weeks. Temperatures soared to over 100 degrees in some areas, causing power outages and health concerns.

4. The famous Nebraska Cornhuskers football team won their first-ever bowl game on December 26th, 1940. They defeated the Miami Hurricanes 26-0 in the Orange Bowl, capping off an undefeated season.

5. On December 26th, 1980, a devastating tornado outbreak struck Nebraska and six other states in the Midwest. More than 50 tornadoes were reported, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of over a dozen people.
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