1878: The Sioux and Cheyenne were reported to be preparing a raid across western Nebraska and Kansas.
1888: A strike by Lincoln stone-cutters was settled after 10 days of idleness.
1898: Nebraska troops grouped in Lincoln were ordered to report to San Francisco to form part of the occupation army that was to take possession of the Philippine Islands.
1908: Mother’s Day was celebrated throughout Lincoln for the first time.
1918: A motion-picture version of “Believe Me, Xantippe!” was released in New York with Wallace Reid playing the lead character, a role created five years earlier on Broadway by John Barrymore. The original play was by Fred Ballard of Lincoln.
1928: Sarah Joslyn announced that work would begin at once on a memorial in Omaha for her late husband, George A. Joslyn, founder of the Western Newspaper Union. It was the beginning of the Joslyn Art Museum.
1938: The state Board of Education leased 3,560 acres of land to oil companies.
1948: Three thousand University of Nebraska students marched on the police station, City Hall and the Capitol to demand better parking on campus. A police tear-gas grenade exploded during the demonstration. No one was injured; no arrests were made.
1958: Charles Starkweather’s attorneys changed the youth’s innocent plea to innocent by reason of insanity as his trial began in Lancaster County District Court. He was charged with the murder of a 17-year-old Bennet youth, one of a series of slayings attributed to him by authorities.
1968: Republicans Richard Nixon and Harold Stassen pursued the Republican presidential nomination in Nebraska, as did Democrats Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy.
1978: The landmark 1895 Wilber hotel was to be restored by the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber. The hotel was given to the group in honor of Amelia Barta and was to bear her name.
1988: An investigation by a drug enforcement task force resulted in federal indictments against 13 people allegedly conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the Omaha, Lincoln and Crete areas between 1978 and 1987.
1998: Nebraskans had their first chance to watch a legislative hearing on the Internet. The Web site started in 1998 to show the public the full Legislature at work.