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5 Fun Facts About January 25 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union on March 1, 1867, but its official date of admission was January 25, 1867, when President Andrew Johnson signed the bill into law.

2. In 1894, the first game of basketball ever played in the state of Nebraska was held on January 25, as the Lincoln Y.M.C.A. defeated the Omaha Y.M.C.A. by a score of 16-10.

3. January 25, 1917, was the date of the deadliest train crash in Nebraska history, when a Union Pacific passenger train collided head-on with a freight train near Julesburg, Colorado, killing 9 passengers and injuring 15 others.

4. On January 25, 1935, the first transcontinental telephone call was completed between New York City and San Francisco, with a connecting line running through Omaha, Nebraska.

5. January 25, 1978, was a landmark day for Nebraska education, as Governor J. James Exon signed into law the Nebraska Minimum Foundation Program, which established a statewide formula for funding public schools and equalized educational opportunities for students in rural and urban areas alike.
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