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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring Nebraska as the 37th state in the Union, making October 30th the day of Nebraska's official statehood.

2. In 1938, Orson Welles' infamous radio adaptation of "War of the Worlds" was broadcasted, causing panic and chaos in the small town of Harvard, Nebraska. Many listeners mistook the fictional radio play as an actual live news report of an alien invasion.

3. In 1953, a plane carrying Notre Dame's football team crashed in the small town of Hebron, Nebraska, killing 7 people on board. The tragedy rocked the university and the small Nebraskan town, and the day is now commemorated as "Irish Remembrance Day" in Hebron.

4. In 1997, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team scored one of the most memorable victories in college football history, defeating the Missouri Tigers 45-38 in double overtime. The improbable comeback win has since been dubbed "The Miracle in Missouri" and cemented Nebraska's status as a football powerhouse.

5. In 2012, Nebraska's first ever winery tour was launched, showcasing the state's burgeoning wine industry. The tour included stops at several local wineries and vineyards and helps to showcase Nebraska's growing reputation as a top craft beverage destination.
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