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5 Fun Facts About March 8 In Nebraska History

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1. International Women's Day: March 8 is celebrated globally as International Women's Day. In Nebraska, various events are organized to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to promote gender equality.

2. The birth of Chief Standing Bear: March 8, 1829, is the birthdate of Chief Standing Bear, a Ponca Indian who famously sued the U.S. government for his tribe's right to return to their ancestral land in Nebraska.

3. Sidney Black Hills Trail: March 8, 1876, marked the opening of the Sidney Black Hills Trail in Nebraska, which was used by settlers traveling to the Black Hills of South Dakota during the gold rush.

4. The Nebraska Lottery: March 8, 1993 marked the first time the Nebraska Lottery drew a Pick 3 game, which was quickly followed by the introduction of Pick 5 and 2 by 2 games.

5. First Female Member of Congress: On March 8, 1954, Nebraska became the first state in the country to elect a woman to the United States Congress. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
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