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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Nebraska History

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1. Groundhog Day Tradition: In Nebraska, like in many other parts of the United States, February 2 is celebrated as Groundhog Day. The annual tradition involves watching groundhogs pop out of their burrows in search of their shadows, which supposedly predicts the length of the winter season.

2. Prohibition: On February 2, 1918, Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The state had been a stronghold of the Temperance movement, and was among the earliest to ban alcohol sales by referendum in 1916.

3. Statehood Day: February 2 also marks Nebraska's Statehood Day, commemorating the day in 1867 when Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union. The state flag features the state seal, which depicts a steamboat sailing up the Missouri River, a train approaching the Rockies, and the state motto: "Equality Before the Law."

4. Buffalo Bill: William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, one of Nebraska's most famous sons, was born on February 26, 1846, just a few weeks after what would become Statehood Day. Cody was a legendary frontiersman, horseman, and showman who gained fame for his Wild West touring shows that showcased cowboy skills, Native American dance, and staged battles.

5. College Football: Nebraska Cornhuskers football is a big deal in the state, and February 2 marks an important date in the team's history. On February 2, 1962, Bob Devaney was hired as the head coach of the Cornhuskers, beginning a dynasty that would see the team win two national championships and a record-setting 101 home games in a row.
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