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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1867, the first passenger train arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, from San Francisco, California. This marked a significant milestone in the growth and development of Omaha as a major transportation hub in the Midwest.

2. On July 19, 1864, the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry fought in the Battle of Tupelo during the American Civil War. The regiment helped to secure a Union victory in the battle, which was fought near Tupelo, Mississippi.

3. In 1943, Camp Knox, located near North Platte, Nebraska, became the site of a major military training exercise known as the Nebraska Maneuvers. The exercise involved tens of thousands of soldiers from across the United States and helped to prepare them for combat in World War II.

4. On July 19, 1922, the town of Hastings, Nebraska, was hit by a devastating tornado that killed 16 people and caused significant damage throughout the community. The tornado was one of the deadliest to ever strike Nebraska.

5. In 1993, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team won its first national championship under head coach Tom Osborne. The team finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record and defeated the University of Miami in the Orange Bowl to claim the title.
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