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5 Fun Facts About June 25 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1876, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated General George Custer and his troops in the Battle of Little Bighorn. One member of Custer's cavalry, Private Frank Neely, was a native of Nebraska and died in the battle.

2. In 1947, the city of Omaha experienced one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, killing 11 people and causing widespread damage. The tornado touched down on June 26, but the damage was done late on June 25 and into the early morning hours.

3. In 1962, the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command began flying nuclear-armed bombers from Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of the Cold War nuclear deterrence strategy. Offutt continued to house the command headquarters throughout the Cold War and beyond.

4. In 1991, Lincoln, Nebraska, set a new record high temperature for June 25 when the mercury reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This was part of a heat wave that affected much of the central United States.

5. In 2016, the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials began in Omaha, Nebraska. The Trials determined which swimmers would represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event drew thousands of spectators to Omaha and helped boost the local economy.
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