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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1867, Nebraska was officially admitted to the Union as the 37th state. March 3 is celebrated as Nebraska Statehood Day.
2. In 1913, Omaha's Municipal Auditorium opened its doors for the first time. The large venue hosted many notable events and performers, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
3. On March 3, 1931, the Nebraska State Capitol building was completed after 10 years of construction. The iconic building's unique design and features have made it a popular Nebraska landmark.
4. In 1953, a major snowstorm hit Nebraska, causing widespread power outages and difficult travel conditions. The snowfall total in some areas reached 20 inches, making it one of the largest snowstorms in the state's history.
5. In 2014, Nebraska passed a law abolishing the death penalty, becoming the first conservative state in over 40 years to do so. Governor Pete Ricketts later campaigned to overturn the law, which led to a statewide referendum on the issue in 2016. The referendum ultimately upheld the death penalty.
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