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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1876, the first newspaper in the city of Lincoln, the Nebraska State Journal, was founded by Julius Sterling Morton, who would later become United States Secretary of Agriculture. The newspaper would later become the Lincoln Journal Star and is still published today.

2. On June 24, 1918, Nebraska native and flying ace Ralph O'Neill shot down five German planes in a single day during World War I. O'Neill was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in combat.

3. In 1939, the first rodeo was held in North Platte, Nebraska. The rodeo, which is still held annually, draws thousands of visitors each year and is one of the largest rodeos in the world.

4. In 1987, the Great Flood of 1987 began, causing widespread damage and flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. The flooding lasted for several months and caused billions of dollars in damages.

5. On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prohibited same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. The ruling had significant implications for Nebraska, which had banned same-sex marriage in 2000 but later overturned the ban in 2015 following another Supreme Court decision.
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