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5 Fun Facts About October 2 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state in the United States. Nebraska Day is celebrated on March 1, but October 2 marks the anniversary of when President Andrew Johnson proclaimed Nebraska's statehood.

2. In 1929, the Nebraska State Capitol Building was completed after 10 years of construction. It is the tallest building in Lincoln, standing at 400 feet tall, and is known for its unique Art Deco design.

3. In 1976, the first designated wilderness area in Nebraska was established: the 23,958-acre Pine Ridge Wilderness Area in the northwest corner of the state. The area is home to rugged cliffs and canyons, pristine forested hills, and rare Nebraska wildlife like pronghorn and bighorn sheep.

4. In 1987, the town of Riverdale, located in southeastern Nebraska, was hit by a devastating tornado that killed one person and injured dozens more. The tornado was one of the strongest to ever hit the state, with winds reaching over 250 miles per hour.

5. In 2007, Nebraska became the first state to abolish the death penalty using legislative action since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. However, the law was later repealed in 2015 and the death penalty was reinstated. As of 2021, there are currently 11 inmates on Nebraska's death row.
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