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5 Fun Facts About February 23 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became a state on February 23, 1867. President Andrew Johnson signed the statehood proclamation, making Nebraska the 37th state in the United States.

2. On February 23, 1917, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln became the first college in the United States to elect a female student body president. Margaret L. Canfield, a junior at the time, won the election by a narrow margin.

3. In 1935, the Nebraska State Capitol Building was dedicated on February 23. The building, which features a unique 400-foot tower, took over a decade to construct and cost $10 million to build.

4. On February 23, 1975, an EF4 tornado struck the town of Omaha, Nebraska. The tornado, which was nearly a mile wide and had winds up to 225 mph, caused $250 million in damage and killed three people.

5. In 2013, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Women's Bowling team won the program's first-ever national championship on February 23. The team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University in the championship match, 4-1.
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