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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In Nebraska History

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1. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 had a significant impact on Nebraska. Within days of the attack, the Nebraska National Guard was mobilized to protect the state's vital infrastructure and defend against potential attacks.

2. On December 7, 1975, a massive blizzard struck Nebraska, producing snowfall totals of up to 40 inches in some areas. The storm caused widespread power outages and stranded thousands of motorists, leading to numerous deaths.

3. The University of Nebraska Football team played in the Orange Bowl on December 7, 1971, defeating LSU 17-12. This victory secured the Cornhuskers' second National Championship title.

4. December 7, 1904 marks the birthday of Walter Reed, the Army physician who led the effort to eradicate yellow fever in the early 20th century. Reed was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, but his work had a significant impact on Nebraska and other states where yellow fever was prevalent.

5. On December 7, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union. This momentous occasion marked the end of a long process of petitioning and debate that began in the 1850s. Today, the anniversary of statehood is celebrated as a public holiday known as "Nebraska Day."
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