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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska Becomes a State: On December 4, 1867, Nebraska officially became the 37th state in the United States. It is also known as the "Cornhusker State" due to its significant agriculture industry.

2. Record-Breaking Snowfall: In 2009, a snowstorm hit Nebraska on December 4, which broke several records for snowfall in the state. Some areas received up to 25 inches of snow, causing significant damage and disruptions.

3. The Birth of Malcolm X: On December 4, 1925, civil rights leader Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He is known for his advocacy for black liberation and equality, and his legacy continues to inspire social justice movements today.

4. The First Lady of Nebraska: Hazel Abel was elected to the U.S. Senate on December 4, 1954, becoming the first woman to represent Nebraska in Congress. She was also the first woman in the U.S. to be appointed as chair of a Senate committee.

5. The Opening of the Bob Devaney Sports Center: On December 4, 1976, the Bob Devaney Sports Center officially opened on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The multi-purpose arena has been the home of several UNL sports teams and has hosted numerous other events over the years.
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