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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1900, the Nebraska State Capitol building was completed after 10 years of construction. The towering structure was designed by architect Bertram Goodhue and remains an iconic symbol of the state's government today.

2. In 1913, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team won their first-ever national championship. Led by head coach Ewald O. Stiehm, the team went 8-0-1 that season and outscored their opponents 158-12.

3. On January 22, 1922, a blizzard swept across the Great Plains region, including Nebraska. The storm was one of the worst in state history, with winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour and temperatures dropping to -18 degrees Fahrenheit. Several people died from exposure and hundreds of livestock perished.

4. In 1973, the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade was decided, legalizing abortion nationwide. Nebraska was one of the first states to impose restrictions on the procedure in the wake of the ruling, passing a law in 1974 requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

5. January 22, 2006 marked the opening of the Qwest Center Omaha, a state-of-the-art arena and convention center located in downtown Omaha. The venue has hosted numerous high-profile events over the years, including the 2008 Olympic Swim Trials and NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games.
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