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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In Nebraska History

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1. The first game of American football was played in Omaha on November 6, 1869, just one day after November 5. The game was between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton, and was played at Omaha's Hamilton Field.

2. On November 5, 1872, Susan La Flesche became the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree. La Flesche, a member of the Omaha tribe, went on to become a prominent physician and advocate for Native American health.

3. Nebraska became the 37th state in the United States on March 1, 1867, but it wasn't until November 5 of that same year that the state's first governor, David Butler, was inaugurated.

4. On November 5, 1930, Nebraska governor Arthur J. Weaver was elected to his second term in office. Weaver is known for his efforts to modernize Nebraska's government and infrastructure during the Great Depression.

5. In 2019, November 5 marked the 134th anniversary of the hanging of legendary outlaw and Nebraska native Charles Starkweather. Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, went on a killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, ultimately murdering 11 people before being captured.
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