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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1868, William F. Cody, also known as "Buffalo Bill," signed on as a civilian scout for the U.S. Army at Fort McPherson, which is located in central Nebraska.

2. On July 25, 1878, the Lincoln County War reached its bloody climax with a shootout at the McCanles Ranch, located near the town of Gothenburg. James "Wild Bill" Hickok was among those involved in the gunfight.

3. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Omaha as part of a tour of the western United States. While in Omaha, he dedicated the Henry Doorly Zoo, which had recently been expanded and renovated.

4. On July 25, 1969, a tornado swept through the town of West Point, causing widespread damage and devastation. The tornado was one of several that struck Nebraska during that summer.

5. In 1978, the Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to Private First Class William A. McWhorter, a Nebraska native who had been killed in action during the Vietnam War. McWhorter had sacrificed his own life to save those of his fellow soldiers during a battle in May 1969.
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