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5 Fun Facts About June 23 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1938, the infamous outlaw John Dillinger was killed in a shootout with law enforcement in Chicago, Illinois. However, it is rumored that Dillinger may have briefly passed through Nebraska on his way to Chicago earlier that year.

2. On June 23, 1888, a devastating tornado struck northern Nebraska, killing several people and causing widespread damage. The storm was part of a larger tornado outbreak that hit several states in the Midwest.

3. In 1934, the Nebraska State Capitol building was completed after 11 years of construction. The building is famous for its unique architectural style, which blends neo-classical and art deco elements.

4. On June 23, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. The plane's pilot had become disoriented in heavy fog and was flying at a dangerously low altitude. The crash killed 14 people and caused extensive damage to the building.

5. In 2017, a total solar eclipse passed over Nebraska, drawing thousands of visitors to the state to witness the rare astronomical event. The eclipse was visible in a narrow band across the United States, and many Nebraskans took advantage of the opportunity to view the phenomenon.
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