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5 Fun Facts About May 6 In Nebraska History

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1. On May 6, 1935, a massive dust storm swept through Nebraska during the Dust Bowl era, causing widespread damage to crops and livestock. The storm, which was part of a larger weather event that affected the Great Plains, was one of the worst ecological disasters in American history.

2. May 6, 1882, marked the opening of the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln. The fairgrounds have since hosted numerous events and exhibitions, including the annual Nebraska State Fair.

3. In 1919, May 6 was the date of the Automobile Club of Omaha's first-ever road race. The race took place on a circular course in Benson, a neighborhood in Omaha, and attracted over 10,000 spectators.

4. May 6, 1943, saw the launch of the First Nebraska Balloon Company (Provisional) during World War II. The unit was responsible for providing aerial reconnaissance and intelligence to the U.S. Army and Navy.

5. On May 6, 2002, Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns signed a bill raising the state's minimum wage to $5.15 per hour, making it one of the first states in the country to pass a minimum wage increase after the federal minimum wage was set at $5.15 in 1997.
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