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5 Fun Facts About December 27 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1837, the Mormon Pioneer Company set up camp on the banks of the Elkhorn River where present-day Fremont, Nebraska is located. This was one of the first stops on their journey to Utah and marked the beginning of westward migration to Nebraska.

2. In 1877, famed outlaw Jesse James and his gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Two members of the gang, Bill Stiles and Charlie Pitts, fled to Nebraska and were eventually caught by law enforcement in Indianola on December 27th.

3. In 1922, Nebraska head football coach Jumbo Stiehm resigned after being accused of recruiting violations. He had led the Cornhuskers to two conference championships and a 35-2-2 record over five seasons.

4. In 1983, a massive blizzard swept across Nebraska, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power. The storm dumped up to 24 inches of snow in some areas and led to the state's first-ever disaster declaration.

5. In 2011, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez broke the school's single-season rushing record for a quarterback with 965 yards. He led the Cornhuskers to the Big Ten Championship Game that year and was named the conference's offensive player of the year.
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