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5 Fun Facts About June 7 In Nebraska History

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Here are five interesting facts about June 7 in Nebraska history:

1. On June 7, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed into law by President Franklin Pierce. This controversial act opened up new territories in the Midwest to settlement and allowed for the possibility of slavery in those territories.

2. In 1906, the Nebraska State Capitol building was dedicated on June 7. Designed by architect Bertram Goodhue, the 400-foot tall building is considered one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the United States.

3. On June 7, 1941, Omaha native Henry Fonda made his Broadway debut in the play "The Male Animal." Fonda went on to become one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, winning an Academy Award for his role in "On Golden Pond."

4. The town of Venango, Nebraska was hit by a devastating tornado on June 7, 1993. The tornado, which reached a width of 2.1 miles and winds of up to 300 mph, was one of the most destructive in Nebraska history.

5. On June 7, 2014, the Omaha Mavericks baseball team made their first appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Mavericks would go on to win their first game in the tournament before being eliminated by the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
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