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1878: George Harris of Burlington Railroad's land department prepared an attractive map to advertise cheap land and thriving towns in the state.

1888: A discussion was going on over the name of the square in which the Lincoln post office stood. The Legislature had once christened it "Union Square."

1898: The Fitzgerald Block, a four-story structure at Seventh and P streets, was destroyed by fire. Losses were estimated at $130,000.

1908: Nebraskans mourned the death of Grover Cleveland, twice president of the United States.

1918: "In Nebraska, free speech is dead and we are in the position of having no rights which those in power need respect," F.B. Tipton of Seward wrote to Gov. Keith Neville. Tipton asserted Nebraska administration of the Sedition Act had destroyed the freedoms immigrants left Europe to seek in America.

1928: Six inches of hail and sleet covered a large area of the wheat-growing district northeast of Sidney.

1938: Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben bought the Douglas Street Bridge, which crossed the Missouri River between Omaha and Council Bluffs.

1948: A Southeast Nebraska tornado took one life and injured several people.

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1958: A patch of rich farmland 20 miles south of Lincoln near Hallam was scraped clean by bulldozers, and Nebraska's pioneering atomic power plant was on its way to reality.

1968: There were floods along the Wood, Loup and Blue rivers. The rains came too late to help an immediate drought in some north-central counties.

1978: A parade of witnesses told the Interstate Commerce commission at Nebraska hearings on the future of Amtrak that they did not want the brakes put on service to the state. Nebraska stood to lose its only Amtrak service under Department of Transportation recommendations. The train was saved.

1988: Increased use of cocaine in Lincoln was attributed in part to increasing availability and cheaper price. Twenty people were indicted in the spring by a federal grand jury on various cocaine-trafficking charges. 

1998: Nebraska added its name to the list of 40 states suing tobacco companies. State health officials estimated Nebraska's Medicaid program spent $42 million the previous year on tobacco-related illnesses.



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