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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Nebraska History

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1. Nebraska became the 37th state in the United States on May 24, 1867. This day marked an important milestone in the state's history, as it finally gained recognition and representation in the federal government.

2. The Nebraska National Guard was established on May 24, 1854, when the Nebraska Territory was still a part of the larger Kansas-Nebraska Territory. The Guard has a long and proud history of protecting the state and its citizens in times of crisis.

3. On May 24, 1967, the Nebraska State Legislature passed a bill that abolished the death penalty in the state. This made Nebraska the first state in the modern era to do so, and it remained without the death penalty until it was reinstated in 2015.

4. On May 24, 1875, Susan La Flesche Picotte, a Native American woman from the Omaha tribe, became the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Picotte went on to practice medicine in Nebraska for many years, and was an important advocate for Native American health and rights.

5. The Nebraska State Capitol building, located in Lincoln, was dedicated on May 24, 1932. The building is a distinctive landmark in the state, and features a unique design that incorporates elements of both art deco and gothic revival architecture.
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