1869: Gen. E.A. Carr remarked that the Pawnee scouts were "lazy and shiftless, but I hope to make use of their Indian qualities."

1879: Lincoln and Northwestern Railroad bonds were approved by Platte County residents by a large majority. The bonds were said to ensure the building of a line from Lincoln to Columbus.

1889: Catholic Bishop Thomas Bonacum bought property at 11th and South streets for $20,000 as the site for St. Elizabeth Hospital but quickly withdrew his request for city support after the Lincoln Ministerial Association sent a resolution to the City Council protesting use of public funds for it.

1899: A committee was organized in Lincoln to arrange for the homecoming of the 1st Nebraska Regiment from the Philippines.

1909: The closing of saloons in Lincoln was said to be sending a good many extra dollars into the cash registers of Capitol Beach - then outside the city - and local theaters.

1919: The old Lincoln City Auditorium at 300 S. 13th St. was for sale to the highest bidder.

1929: President Herbert Hoover signed a farm relief bill and said he would ask Congress for $150 million out of the $500 million revolving fund authorized for loans to assist farmer-owned and -controlled stabilization cooperatives.

1939: Charles G. Abbot, head of the Smithsonian Institution, congratulated Hastings on its new municipal museum - The House of Yesterday - and praised the structure and purpose of the museum.

1949: One of the original covered wagons that carried westward-bound pioneers to California in 1846 came to Lincoln to boost the sale of U.S. savings bonds during the Treasury Department's "Opportunity Bond Drive."

1959: State senators said they spent an average of $537 each month while the Legislature was in session yet were paid only $872 a year. With election expenses, they estimated they were losing $4,000 a year.

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1969: The Federal Aviation Administration recommended that Lincoln and Omaha join in construction of an airport at some location between the two cities by the 1980s.

1979: The fate of a 9,000-seat addition to the University of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium was placed in limbo because the university's governing board refused to approve financing plans.

1989: Lincoln received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the City Livability Awards Program. The award was based on the city's downtown theater district, its downtown historic district, public and private investments to rehabilitate buildings in the Haymarket and the Lied Center for the Performing Arts.

1999: An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people descended on Bassett, a northern Nebraska ranching community of about 739 people, for the 10th annual Nebraska Ranch Expo, which was described as a rancher's shopping mall.

Little Priest Community College in Winnebago and the campuses of Nebraska Indian Community College at Macy and Santee were among the 31 tribal colleges and universities across the West and Midwest where Native enrollment nearly tripled from 10,000 in 1989 to 26,500.

All three Nebraska representatives in the House voted to authorize states to permit the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools as a step toward combating violence. The House approved the Ten Commandments amendment on a 248-180 vote.



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