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This Week In Nebraska History, 9/17/17

This Week In Nebraska History, 9/17/17

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1867: Some $32,000 worth of public lots had been sold in Lincoln. The money was to be used for construction of the new state Capitol.

1877: The State Fair in Lincoln closed with a parade of prize stock before a crowd of 6,000. For the first time, Lincoln churches set up food stands on the fairgrounds.

1887: The Rapid Transit Lines had installed steam motors on 12th Street. The motors made a lot of noise and bothered Lincoln business owners.

1897: The last State Fair to be held in Omaha barely managed to meet expenses.

1907: Hunters who killed nine quail near North Platte were fined $90 for violating state game laws.

1917: When a volunteer in the Scotts Bluff County draft office recorded exempted men in the not-exempt column, a small-scale riot erupted.

1927: Thurston County Sheriff's Deputy William Adams, 45, was shot to death by a Pender jail escapee.

1937: A delegation of 40 members of the Nebraska American Legion left for the legion convention in New York City.

1947: Five thousand people attended the rededication of the Lincoln Municipal Airport.

The election commissioner's office in Lincoln was to remain open Thursday evening so late shoppers could register to vote.

1957: Consumers Public Power District and the Atomic Energy Commission signed a contract to build a nuclear power station at Hallam.

1967: Four College View boys, ranging in age from 8 to 11, were killed when the warhead of an air-to-air military missile exploded while they were playing with it. Investigation indicated the shell had been brought to Lincoln as a military souvenir.

1977: Former President Gerald Ford addressed University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science classes, visited the tractor testing laboratory and attended a University of Nebraska Foundation luncheon.

1987: Final preparations were made for the Farm Aid III concert at Memorial Stadium.

1997: Nearly eight months after Sigma Chi Epsilon fraternity set fire to a cross on the outskirts of town as part of an initiation ceremony, sparking concern over hidden racism on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, UNL officials, who initially remained silent but later condemned the act when criticized, said the school learned valuable lessons from the incident.

2007: Thirty-six years after the first Saturday and Sunday dances were held at the Flying V Ballroom in Utica, the fixtures are being put up for auction. The dance floor and the building are not for sale. The Tommy Orchestra, Guy Lombardo’s Band and the Lawrence Welk Orchestra all played at the ballroom.

Connie Yori, Nebraska women’s basketball coach, has signed a five-year contract totaling $375,000 annually. Yori’s new deal replaces her original contract that was set to expire June 30, 2008 and is retroactive to July 1, 2007.


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