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5 Fun Facts About June 12 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1950, a massive tornado swept through the town of Kearney on June 12, resulting in severe damage to homes and buildings. Despite the destruction, there were only two fatalities thanks to a proactive warning system that alerted residents of the approaching storm.

2. June 12, 1978 marked the opening of the popular Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. Featuring a vast array of animal exhibits and hands-on experiences, the zoo has become a beloved attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

3. Nebraska Governor Kay Orr declared June 12, 1987 as "My Fair Lady Day" in honor of the Lincoln-based Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center hosting a special screening of the classic film.

4. Renowned athlete and coach Tom Osborne celebrated his 61st birthday on June 12, 2001. Osborne is best known for his legendary tenure as head football coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, during which he led the Cornhuskers to three national championships and amassed 255 victories overall.

5. In June 2012, Nebraska became the 20th state to ban texting while driving, following concerns about the safety risks of distracted driving on the state's roadways. The bill was signed into law on June 12 of that year.
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