1869: Lincoln completed incorporation.
The Ponca Indians built 60 log cabins during the year and put out crops, but the Missouri River rose and washed away the village site. The Indians tore down the remainder of their cabins and carried them back to make a new village.
1879: The Fitzgerald Building on the west side of Market Square (Ninth, 10th, O and P streets) was leased by a wholesale grocery firm, Plummer & Perry, and A. W. Jensen leased the Graham Building, also on the west side of the square, for a retail and wholesale furniture business.
1889: Work was progressing rapidly on the Lancaster County Courthouse between J and K, Ninth and 10th streets.
1899: Soldiers in the 3rd Nebraska Regiment were waiting to be mustered out so they could return home.
1909: Gov. Ashton C. Shallenberger signed the daylight saloon bill.
Efforts were being made to find a suitable Omaha campus for the University of Nebraska medical school.
1919: Omaha was in the path of a minor tornado that followed nearly the same course as a disastrous one six years before.
1929: Former State Engineer George E. Johnson told of alleged defects in Capitol work. He had resigned under fire from former Gov. Charles Bryan.
1939: Three breaks in the Peru dikes in Nemaha County flooded several hundred acres, causing six families to evacuate their homes.
1949: Mud and high water halted traffic on U. S. 281 between Bartlett and Spencer in northern Nebraska. An overflow from the Elkhorn River covered U. S. 20 near O'Neill.
1959: The primary election in Lincoln promised a spirited mayoral fight between incumbent Bennett S. Martin and challenger Bartlett E. "Pat" Boyles, who was nominated by a 1, 739-vote write-in.
1969: Lincoln voters nominated two black citizens among six City Council candidates chosen in a quiet primary election. They were the first black candidates for the council.
1979: The National Labor Relations Board charged Kawasaki in Lincoln with unfair labor practices in alleged resistance to organization by the United Auto Workers. By a ratio of 3-2, employees had rejected UAW representation the previous fall.
1989: Owners of Lincoln's Gateway Shopping Center unveiled plans for a $50 million-plus expansion of the mall, which would enclose the entire center and include a new department store, food court and additional parking. The project would add 330, 000 square feet to the existing 918, 000 square feet of leasable retail space.
1999: Members of Lincoln's Ducks Unlimited chapter restored a stateowned wetland near Fairfield in honor of the late Brook Berringer, a 22-year old UNL quarterback and wildlife enthusiast who died three years earlier in a small-engine plane crash. The Brook Berringer Marsh Project at Kissinger Wildlife Management Area provided a staging area for millions of migrating waterfowl in a wetlands complex that stretched over 17 southcentral Nebraska counties.
Methamphetamine makers discovered that fertilizer tanks left in fields overnight fit right into their illegal cooking plans. The 1, 000-gallon anhydrous ammonia tanks farmers used to inject nitrogen for spring-planted crops could be bled off to cook meth.