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5 Fun Facts About May 22 In Nebraska History

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1. The historic town of Kearney was founded on May 22, 1872. Named after civil war general and politician, Dennis Kearney, the town grew quickly as a hub for transportation and agriculture, and is now home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

2. On May 22, 1933, the Nebraska State Capitol building was dedicated. The building, completed during the Great Depression, is one of the tallest state capitols in the United States, and is known for its distinctive Art Deco style and iconic spire.

3. Also on May 22, but in 1935, the infamous "Dust Bowl" tornado hit the town of McCook, Nebraska. This devastating storm caused significant damage and loss of life, and is remembered as one of the most destructive weather events in the state's history.

4. In 1988, the Strategic Air Command Aerospace Museum opened in Ashland, Nebraska. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Strategic Air Command, a key part of the Cold War-era military defense strategy of the United States.

5. Finally, on May 22, 2010, the Omaha World-Herald reported that billionaire investor Warren Buffet had donated $1.93 billion to five different charitable foundations in a single day. Buffet, a Nebraska native, is known for his philanthropy and his role as the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the world's largest companies.
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