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5 Fun Facts About October 17 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1969, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a state law banning the possession and sale of obscene materials was unconstitutional, marking a significant victory for free speech advocates in the state.

2. On October 17, 1878, the University of Nebraska was established in Lincoln, laying the foundation for the state's flagship public university and one of the largest educational institutions in the region.

3. That same year, construction began on the Nebraska State Capitol Building, which would eventually become one of the state's most iconic landmarks and the centerpiece of government activity in Lincoln.

4. In 1904, Omaha native and future Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in English, setting her on the path to becoming one of the most celebrated American writers of the 20th century.

5. On October 17, 1967, music legend Johnny Cash performed at the Omaha Civic Auditorium as part of his groundbreaking "Johnny Cash Show" tour, which brought together a diverse array of musical acts and showcased Cash's signature blend of country, rock, and gospel music to audiences across the United States.
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