1869: Brevet Maj. Gen. Christopher Columbus Agur was named commander of the Army's Department of the Platte.

1879: Plans for new wings for the Lincoln State Hospital were filed in the city's land office

1889: Ministers, businessmen and professional men held a meeting about the Eden Musee, a Lincoln theater allegedly dedicated to showcasing nude females.

Protests were being raised about uneven sidewalks on J Street.

1899: Gov. William A. Poynter named Frank D. Eager to be major of the 1st Regiment of Nebraska Volunteers.

1909: The University of Nebraska Board of Regents arranged for an entire block north of the campus to be secured for an athletic field.

1919: The civil code bill was passed by both houses of the Nebraska Legislature, thereby combining a straggling army of state employees working under various boards into six code departments, each supervised by a department head appointed by the governor.

1929: Former Govs. Charles W. Bryan and Samuel R. McKelvie testified before a joint legislative committee investigating alleged defects in construction of the Capitol.

1939: Continued moisture in western Nebraska created the problem of what to do with volunteer wheat. Farmers had until May 1 to clear the land.

1949: A mid-April storm dumped up to a foot of wet snow on Nebraska and dropped temperatures 40 degrees. Communications were snarled and power lines broken.

1959: Lancaster and Douglas counties forged ahead substantially in population. Lancaster County's population was estimated at 150, 814, compared with 139, 830 in 1956 and 119, 742 in 1950. Douglas County continued to lead the state with 326, 615 in 1958, compared with 311, 504 in 1956 and 281, 020 in 1950.

1969: The Legislature passed a "long weekend" bill, moving several holidays to Mondays.

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1979: A poll by the Nebraska Council on Alcohol Education indicated that Nebraskans favored raising the legal drinking age from 19 to 21 by a 2-to-1 margin.

1989: Eighty community leaders participated in a two-day retreat to discuss revitalizing Lincoln's downtown. Redevelopment continued to be a concern among city leaders after plans for a downtown retail mall were abandoned.

1999: A proposal to increase cigarette taxes by 30 cents failed by one vote in the Legislature. The bill would have boosted the price of cigarettes from 66 cents to $1 per pack.

For the second year in a row, the Missouri River was the nation's second-most-endanger­ed river, so designated by the nonprofit conservation group American Rivers.

A record number of babies - 210 - were born in March at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, breaking the previous record of 209 set in August 1991.



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