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5 Fun Facts About June 4 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1927, Nebraska experienced an F5 tornado outbreak, with three tornadoes hitting the Omaha area and causing extensive damage and loss of life. The tornado outbreak is still considered one of the deadliest in the state's history.

2. In 1942, the city of Grand Island experienced one of the largest race riots in American history, with over 50 people injured and several businesses burned down. The riots were sparked by tensions between white locals and Latino migrant workers.

3. On June 4, 1972, the city of Kearney was hit by a major flood, causing extensive damage and forcing over 5,000 residents to evacuate. The flood was caused by heavy rain and quickly rising water levels in the nearby Platte River.

4. In 1993, the Nebraska Legislature officially declared Kool-Aid as the state's official soft drink. The drink was invented in Hastings, Nebraska by Edwin Perkins in the 1920s and quickly became a beloved American classic.

5. On June 4, 2002, the first ever Nebraska state quarter was released by the United States Mint. The quarter features the famous Chimney Rock landmark in western Nebraska and has become a popular collectible among coin enthusiasts.
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