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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In Nebraska History

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1. The Nebraska State Fair had its final day on September 27, 1902, after a nine-day run. It featured attractions such as horse racing, balloon ascensions, and carnival shows. Over 100,000 visitors attended the fair that year.

2. On September 27, 1918, the Nebraska Board of Pardons granted clemency to John Ramacieri, a World War I soldier who had been convicted of second-degree murder. Ramacieri had killed a man who had made derogatory remarks about the American flag, and his case had garnered national attention. He was released from prison after serving three years of his ten-year sentence.

3. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln celebrated its 150th anniversary on September 27, 2019. The university was chartered on February 15, 1869, and held its first classes in a small building in downtown Lincoln. Today, it is one of the largest employers in the state and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate programs.

4. The Nebraska State Capitol was dedicated on September 27, 1932, after 11 years of construction. The Art Deco-style building stands 400 feet tall and features intricate mosaics, sculptures, and murals. It is also home to the official offices of the Governor of Nebraska and the Nebraska Legislature.

5. On September 27, 1957, the Omaha Public Schools desegregated its schools under a court-ordered plan. This followed the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954, which ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Omaha was among the first cities in the nation to fully desegregate its schools.
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