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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1903, The Nebraska State Capitol was officially dedicated on February 13. The building was designed by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and represents the only state capitol to have a tower adorned with an observation deck.

2. The first documented high school basketball game played in Nebraska was on February 13, 1897. The Omaha High School team faced off against YMCA team, with Omaha High School winning 18-10.

3. On February 13, 1866, the first cattle drive from Texas to Nebraska arrived in Omaha. This event marked the beginning of the cattle industry in Nebraska and helped transform Omaha into a thriving cow town.

4. One of the most severe winters in Nebraska's history occurred in 1899. On February 13 of that year, a blizzard swept across the state, bringing heavy snow and fierce winds. The storm caused many deaths and left many communities isolated for weeks.

5. On February 13, 1982, legendary Nebraska football coach, Bob Devaney, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Devaney led the Cornhuskers to two national championships and was instrumental in making Nebraska football a national powerhouse.
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