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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Nebraska History

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1. On July 8, 1919, the Nebraska Legislature ratified the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Nebraska was the 14th state to ratify the amendment.

2. On July 8, 1927, the Omaha Municipal Airport (now Eppley Airfield) opened for commercial airline service. The airport was one of the first in the country to have a paved runway.

3. On July 8, 1952, Nebraska native and pilot William A. O'Neill set a world record for non-stop flight endurance in a P-51 Mustang. O'Neill flew for over 40 hours and covered a distance of nearly 5,300 miles.

4. On July 8, 1965, the Nebraska State Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark. The capitol building, located in Lincoln, was completed in 1932 and features unique art deco design elements.

5. On July 8, 1973, the first CWS (College World Series) game was played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. The CWS, which has been held annually in Omaha since 1950, is one of the most prestigious college baseball tournaments in the country.
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