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5 Fun Facts About January 20 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1, 1867, making January 20, 1868, the first official January 20 in Nebraska state history.

2. In 1892, Nebraska hosted its first-ever winter carnival on January 20, featuring ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and other winter sports in Omaha.

3. On January 20, 1928, the University of Nebraska formally dedicated its new $2 million Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The stadium, which seats over 90,000 fans, has since become an iconic landmark and rallying point for the state's sports fans.

4. January 20, 1969, was a historic day for Nebraska and the United States as a whole, as President Richard Nixon was inaugurated into his first term in office. Nixon went on to make several key visits to Nebraska during his presidency, including a stop at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha.

5. On January 20, 2018, a massive winter storm hit Nebraska, dumping up to 10 inches of snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions. Despite the harsh weather conditions, many Nebraskans still managed to enjoy winter activities like skiing and snowmobiling.
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