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5 Fun Facts About September 24 In Nebraska History

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1. On September 24, 1875, the University of Nebraska held its first classes in a makeshift building in Lincoln. The institution had been established just three years prior, and the first class of 20 students studied a curriculum that included mathematics, Latin, and Greek.

2. Nebraska's first State Fair was held on September 24, 1868, in Nebraska City. Despite a heavy rainstorm on the first day, the fair was a success and attracted visitors from across the state. The event continues to be held annually to this day.

3. On September 24, 1908, the Kinkaid Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt. The act allowed homesteaders to claim land in western Nebraska and other parts of the country that had been previously reserved for Native American tribes. The act resulted in significant changes to the state's demographics and economy.

4. Nebraska's first radio station, KFAB, went on the air on September 24, 1922. The station was originally owned by the Omaha Bee newspaper and broadcast from the top of the Bee Building in downtown Omaha. KFAB is still broadcasting today, over 90 years later.

5. September 24, 1936, marked the first flight of the first all-metal, twin-engine airplane developed by Lincoln-based company Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. The airplane, called the Model 1, was designed for the United States Army Air Corps and helped establish Consolidated Aircraft as a major player in the aviation industry.
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