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5 Fun Facts About October 15 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1887, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln played its first official football game against Doane College, winning 10-0. This marked the beginning of a storied football tradition at the university.

2. In 1924, the world's first KFC restaurant opened in North Platte, Nebraska. The restaurant served fried chicken and other Southern-style dishes and paved the way for the fast-food chain's global success.

3. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Nebraska to campaign for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. Johnson spoke to a crowd of over 17,000 people in Lincoln and praised the state for its "solid reputation for sound government."

4. In 1971, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team played their first game in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The stadium, which can seat over 85,000 fans, has become an iconic venue for college football games and other events in the state.

5. In 1990, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters, located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, was officially deactivated. The SAC played a critical role in the United States' nuclear deterrence strategy during the Cold War, and its deactivation marked the end of an era in American military history.
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