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5 Fun Facts About May 2 In Nebraska History

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1. The city of Kearney, Nebraska, was officially incorporated on May 2, 1873. Originally named Dobytown, the city was established as a stop along the Union Pacific Railroad and was soon renamed in honor of Brigadier General Phil Kearny.

2. On May 2, 1950, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus was dedicated. The campus, located east of downtown Lincoln, originally housed the university's College of Agriculture and was the site of numerous scientific breakthroughs in agricultural research.

3. The first Nebraska State Fair was held on May 2, 1868, in Nebraska City. The event featured livestock exhibitions, agricultural displays, and various competitions, and has since become an annual tradition in the state, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

4. May 2, 1885, marked the beginning of the famous Battle of Wolf Creek in southern Nebraska. The battle was fought between members of the U.S. Army and Native American warriors, and resulted in several casualties on both sides.

5. On May 2, 1934, the infamous criminal Bonnie Parker was captured in Dexter, Iowa, just across the border from Nebraska. Parker, along with her partner Clyde Barrow, had been on a multi-state crime spree and was eventually killed in a police ambush later that year.
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