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1867: Work had begun on the new Capitol's foundation in Lincoln. The main structure was to be 120 by 55 feet. There were no public libraries in Nebraska yet, so literary associations supplied their members with free reading material.

1877: A 127-foot-long petition signed by Nebraska farmers was sent to Congress asking for a currency system independent of the metallic basis.

A bill was introduced in the Senate asking that Nebraska be divided into two federal court districts to reduce judges' traveling expenses.

1887: About 80,000 acres of Sheridan County were appraised at 50 cents to $15 an acre.

1897: After three years of bickering, it was decided to sell the Lincoln Street Railway, which was under foreclosure.

1907: An unsuccessful attempt to wreck a Missouri Pacific passenger train near Lincoln was reported.

1917: Omaha's monopoly on Nebraska State Teachers Association conventions was broken when a meeting was held in Lincoln.

1927: The annual Venetian Night, a pageant presented at Beatrice for many years, was discontinued.

1937: The state treasurer was authorized to use idle state funds on deposit in banks to help the state budget along, since state income had fallen $200,000 behind outgo.

1947: Campaigns were started in many businesses for equal pay for women.

A carload of Nebraska's best beans was added to the Friendship Freight Train traveling across the country collecting food for Europeans.

1957: A mild flu epidemic was declining in Lincoln; only 12 schools reported more than 20 percent absenteeism.

Thirty thousand chilled fans at Memorial Stadium saw the Big Eight's leading passer, Wally Strauch of Kansas, give NU fits. Kansas won 14-12.

1967: Two to 6 inches of snow fell in western Nebraska.

Poultry farmers were in distress because of declining markets and oversupply.

1977: Most people who testified at legislative hearings in several cities on teenage alcohol abuse were in favor of raising Nebraska's legal drinking age from 19 to 21.

Two hundred delegates to the Women Involved in Farm Economics convention decided to drop Sidney as the national headquarters but did not designate a replacement. The city was to remain home to WIFE for at least a year.

1987: A hardware update malfunction on computer equipment caused dead telephone lines for seven hours to businesses and homes north of O Street and east of 30th Street.

Nine members of the Oakland-Craig School Board resigned at a special meeting in an attempt to avoid personal liability for any judgment resulting from $22 million in lawsuits filed against the school district for a Nov. 6, 1984, accident in which a passenger car collided with a district school bus.

1997: Lincoln was hit by one of the worst snow storms in Nebraska history. The storm, which was part of a system that buried parts of Colorado in three feet of snow, dropped an additional 13 inches on Lincoln and 9 inches on Omaha. 70,000 people lost electrical power, more than 5,000 lost phone service, and 70 percent of cable customers lost their cable. Early estimates of the damage were a staggering $84 million.

2007: Brett Naber, on his way home from work, and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Willadsen, came upon a car on fire in the ditch and a horse lying motionless in the middle of the road at 119th Street and Waverly Road. The fire was spreading and a man was trapped behind the wheel. Willadsen and Naber emptied their fire extinguishers, but the fire continued so they went for the car door. The door was jammed but they managed to pull the man free. His feet were on fire. Waverly Fire and Rescue arrived, treated the man and transported him to the hospital. A six-year old horse got out of the fence and onto the road. It was killed in the collision.



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