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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Nebraska History

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1. On January 29, 1919, Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established Prohibition. However, the state later voted to repeal Prohibition in 1934.

2. In 1901, the Nebraska Legislature voted to officially adopt the state flower, which is the goldenrod. This decision was made after a schoolteacher from Lincoln, NE started a statewide campaign to select an official flower.

3. On January 29, 1867, the University of Nebraska was established as the first public university in the state, making it one of the oldest universities west of the Mississippi River. Today, the university enrolls over 26,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate programs.

4. In 1899, Omaha-based brewery Krug Brewing Company introduced a new beer called "Krug's Bohemian Lager," which became popular throughout Nebraska and the Midwest. Today, the brand of beer is still produced by Pabst Brewing Company and can be found in bars and stores throughout the region.

5. On January 29, 1936, the World-Herald, one of Nebraska's largest newspapers, published a front-page story about a new exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, which featured works by artist Grant Wood. Wood is best known for his iconic painting "American Gothic," which portrays a farmer and his daughter standing in front of a Gothic-style farmhouse.
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