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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1899, the University of Nebraska played its first football game against Doane College. The game was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, and resulted in a 28-0 victory for the University of Nebraska.

2. On October 10, 1911, Omaha businessman J.L. Brandeis made a gift of $100,000 to the city of Omaha for the construction of a public library. The building was completed in 1917 and still stands today as the W. Dale Clark Library.

3. Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867, but it wasn't until 1913 that the state officially adopted a state flag. The design features the state seal against a blue background with the state name written in gold letters.

4. The Great Depression hit Nebraska hard, and in 1933, Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan declared a state of emergency and called a special session of the legislature to address the crisis. The legislature authorized emergency relief programs and increased taxes to help fund them.

5. In 1957, a tornado swept through Omaha, causing widespread damage and killing 11 people. The storm was one of the deadliest tornadoes in Nebraska's history and prompted changes in the state's emergency response policies.
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