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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In Nebraska History

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1. On June 8, 1917, the state of Nebraska passed a law prohibiting the sale or possession of alcohol, two years before the nationwide prohibition was enacted. This law was later repealed in 1934, following the end of national prohibition.

2. In 1931, the famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh landed his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in Omaha on June 8 as part of a nationwide tour. Crowds greeted him at the airport and lined the streets for a parade in his honor.

3. In 1953, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a speech at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on June 8, extolling the benefits of international trade and cooperation in the aftermath of World War II.

4. June 8, 1986, marked the opening of the Joslyn Sculpture Garden in Omaha. The garden features more than 30 sculptures from artists around the world and is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

5. On June 8, 1991, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum opened in Ashland, Nebraska. The museum showcases aircraft and exhibits related to SAC, which was responsible for the United States' air defense and nuclear deterrence during the Cold War.
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