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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Nebraska History

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1. On January 13, 1871, the town of Cedar Bluffs in Saunders County was incorporated. It was named after the nearby Cedar River and became a thriving community with a population of over 600 by 1900.

2. Nebraska native and Olympic gold medalist, Carl Austin Weinrich, was born on January 13, 1935. Weinrich won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.

3. The Nebraska State Capitol building was officially dedicated on January 13, 1932. The building, which was completed after 10 years of construction, is located in Lincoln and stands 400 feet tall with a 19-story tower.

4. In 1985, a freight train derailed just outside of Brownville, Nebraska on January 13. The accident resulted in 3,600 gallons of anhydrous ammonia being released into the air, causing a hazardous materials emergency and leading to the evacuation of residents for several hours.

5. January 13, 1874 marked the beginning of a severe blizzard that ravaged Nebraska and the Midwest. The storm, which lasted several days, caused severe damage to livestock and crops and led to the deaths of hundreds of people across the region.
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