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5 Fun Facts About May 11 In Nebraska History

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1. On May 11, 1867, the Union Pacific Railroad reached Grand Island, Nebraska, marking a significant milestone in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. This event helped spur the development of the state and the growth of commerce and trade.

2. May 11, 1927, was the date of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Nebraska history. The storms caused extensive damage and killed at least 17 people, with many more injured.

3. In 1971, the Nebraska State Capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11. The building, designed by architect Bertram Goodhue, is one of the most recognized landmarks in the state.

4. On May 11, 1985, the Omaha Royals played their first game in their new home stadium, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The stadium, which operated for over 60 years, was a beloved community gathering place and hosted numerous events, including the College World Series.

5. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln awarded an honorary degree to renowned filmmaker and Nebraska native Alexander Payne on May 11, 2013. Payne, known for films such as "Sideways" and "About Schmidt," has maintained strong ties to Nebraska throughout his career and has helped bring attention to the state's unique cultural and natural resources.
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