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This Week In Nebraska History

This Week In Nebraska History

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1871: The Board of Education voted to issue $50,000 worth of bonds to finance construction of Lincoln's first central school. The proposal won the electorate's approval the following June and represented the beginning of Lincoln High School.

1881: Mayor J.E. Boyd of Omaha said the city had twice as many streets as were needed. He also said they were too expensive to maintain, noting that it cost the city $400 to put in stone crossings at one intersection.

1891: There was a movement afoot to erect an opera house at 13th and P streets. Proponents were trying to secure public support of the $150,000 in bonds required for the project.

1901: About 100 elms that had just arrived from Shenandoah, Iowa, were planted in the 14th-16th, H-K streets square around the Capitol.

1911: The business section of Unadilla was destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated at $150,000.

1921: The state Senate voted to appropriate half the cost of a $700,000 stadium at the University of Nebraska as a memorial to Nebraska war victims. The new stadium would replace the wooden stands of old Nebraska Field. It eventually was built with only $100,000 in state funds.

1931: For the 33rd year, about 200 Spanish-American War veterans celebrated their call to colors in 1898 with services at Antelope Park.

1941: Grand Island native Henry Fonda described Hollywood as "a Lincoln with foothills."

1951: The Cooper Foundation donated nearly $35,000 for improvement of the park bounded by Sixth, Eighth, D and F streets as a family playground, the first step in a program sponsored by the National Recreation Association and the foundation. The park later was given the Cooper name.

1961: Joint-use agreements with the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration were negotiated by the Lincoln Airport Authority for a $1.7 million second municipal runway and aviation improvement plan for the Lincoln Air Force Base.

1971: Contracts totaling more than $1 million were awarded by the Lincoln Board of Education for a new elementary school near 76th Street and Leighton Avenue. Kahoa School was to be ready by the fall of 1972.

1981: The Nebraska Funeral Directors Association named an 11-year-old Omaha boy to receive its Hero Award for rescuing an ice-skating companion. The association said Donald J. Clark pulled Shawn Peacock of Omaha to the surface after he fell through the ice on a pond in a park in Omaha. Peacock's sister had asked several adults for assistance but those she saw paid no attention to her call for help.

1991: Ten thousand Nebraska railroad workers waited for the midnight deadline on April 16 for the first nationwide rail strike since 1982.



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