1869: The Ponca Natives put in 300 acres of crops that had just started to grow when grasshoppers virtually destroyed them.

1879: A tornado hit the fairgrounds in Lincoln, making kindling of the amphitheater.

Work resumed on the extension of the Omaha and Republican Valley Railroad between Rising City and Osceola.

1889: County commissioners awarded the contract for furnishing the new Lancaster County Courthouse to a Toledo, Ohio, firm.

1899: The Missouri River near Nebraska City was the highest it had been since 1881. Lowlands residents had to leave their homes; farmers reported big grain and livestock losses.

1909: Of 36 Lincoln saloonkeepers who applied for licenses, 25 received them.

Fire destroyed half of Elgin's business district.

1919: Voter registration promised to set a record as recently franchised women, outnumbering men 3-to-1, crowded the city clerk's office.

Twelve Union College women and several men were temporarily suspended for violating dormitory rules. A college spokesman said the group had a "little feast" at midnight.

1929: The state Senate cut general appropriations to $39,098,199, a reduction of $544,000.

1939: A total of 1,304 Nebraska farmers borrowed from the Farm Security Administration. By March, $159,892 was returned.

1949: Fair weather and an interest in livestock research drew a crowd of 3,000 to 3,600 stockmen for the annual Feeders Day at the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture.

1959: The Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to condemned killer Charles Starkweather and set May 22 as his execution date.

Gov. Ralph Brooks, 59, was carrying on official duties from his hospital room after suffering a slight stroke.

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1969: Theos J. Thompson Jr., 50-year-old Lincoln native and alternate quarterback on the University of Nebraska 1941 Rose Bowl football team, was nominated to be a member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher was given a hero's welcome at Boys Town. Bucher, a former resident of Boys Town, was captain of the spy ship USS Pueblo, which was captured by the North Koreans early in 1968 and held with its entire crew for 11 months.

1979: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was named the lead institution in a project to improve production of sorghum and pearl millet, staples in the diet of millions who live in less-developed nations.

1989: Drought loomed as March rainfall fell 50 percent below normal in half the state. At least two Salt Valley lakes were at their lowest levels in 20 years. Adding to the problem, Lincolnites consumed record amounts of water during April, when temperatures soared as high as 98 degrees.

1999: Lincoln's first wind turbine was dedicated by the Lincoln Electric System a half mile north of Interstate 80. Cost was slightly more than $1.2 million. Nearly 2,400 customers signed up to participate for an extra $4.30 per month.

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board added $4 million to their prediction of state tax revenues for the coming year, boosting their estimate for 1999-2000 to $2.315 million. Increases were expected to come from growth in individual and corporate income taxes.



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