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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became a state on July 24, 1867. After years of territorial status, President Andrew Johnson signed a bill granting statehood to Nebraska. The state was admitted to the Union as the 37th state.

2. The first female senator from Nebraska was born on July 24, 1933. Nancy Landon Kassebaum was born in Topeka, Kansas but became the first female senator from Nebraska in 1979. She served for 18 years before retiring in 1997.

3. On July 24, 1936, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Berlin, Germany. Nebraska native Glenn "Dick" Cunningham was a member of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team and won a silver medal in the light-heavyweight division.

4. The Nebraska state tree was designated on July 24, 1972. The Eastern Cottonwood was selected as the official state tree due to its prevalence throughout the state and its importance in Nebraska's history and economy.

5. The Nebraska state flag was adopted on July 24, 1925. The design features the state seal surrounded by a gold and blue border. The colors were chosen to represent the state's natural beauty and resources, including the golden wheat fields and blue skies.
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