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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In Nebraska History

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1. On January 19, 1892, the Nebraska State Legislature voted to override Governor James Boyd's veto and established Nebraska's first school for the deaf in Omaha. The school is still in operation today and serves students throughout the state.

2. In 1916, the University of Nebraska Press was officially established on January 19. The press has gone on to publish numerous award-winning books and is widely recognized for its contributions to the literary world.

3. On January 19, 1943, the World War II-era prisoner of war camp in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, officially opened. The camp held German prisoners of war and was a significant economic boost for the town, as the prisoners were put to work in local sugar beet fields.

4. On January 19, 1996, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team won their second consecutive national championship, defeating the Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl. The team was led by head coach Tom Osborne and featured future NFL stars such as Tommie Frazier, Lawrence Phillips, and Grant Wistrom.

5. In 2013, the Nebraska Department of Education cancelled school for the entire state on January 19 due to a severe winter storm. This marked the first time in over 20 years that schools had been closed statewide due to weather.
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