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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Nebraska History

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November 23 is an important day in Nebraska's history. Here are five interesting facts about this day.

1. Nebraska became a state: On November 23, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state of the United States. It was the first state to be admitted after the end of the Civil War.

2. The first airmail delivery: On November 23, 1918, the first airmail delivery in Nebraska was made. A Curtiss JN-4 airplane carrying mail from Omaha to Lincoln took off from a field near the current Eppley Airfield. It marked the beginning of a new era of transportation and communication.

3. Omaha Zoo opened: On November 23, 1963, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha opened its doors to the public. It is now one of the top zoos in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.

4. First women elected to the Lincoln City Council: On November 23, 1971, two women were elected to the Lincoln City Council for the first time. Helen Boosalis and Gladys Lux were the first women to hold elected office in the city, paving the way for future generations of women in Nebraska politics.

5. Huskers win against Oklahoma: On November 23, 2002, the University of Nebraska football team, the Huskers, defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 27-14. It was a historic win, breaking Oklahoma's 20-game win streak and securing Nebraska's spot in the Big 12 championship game.
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