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This Week In Nebraska History

This Week In Nebraska History

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1871 — “Dora, or the Father’s Curse” and “Turn Him Out” were the plays showing in Lincoln. An editorial writer told the public there was nothing in either that would bring a “blush to the cheek of the most fastidious,” and urged ladies to attend.

1881 — Floodwaters swept through Lincoln, turning many streets into streams and the lowlands into a lake. Railroad service was halted until the water subsided.

1891 — Several Omaha citizens announced they would begin a movement to cut that city loose from Douglas County and organize a separate county for the city alone. Nothing came of this secession movement, however.

1901 — Burlington Railroad officials reported that an ice gorge in the Platte River near La Platte in Sarpy County was the worst in 20 years.

1911 — Nebraska’s Senate passed a bill making it legal to play baseball on Sunday but left on the books laws prohibiting work, fishing and hunting on the Sabbath.

1921 — Sen. George Norris came out in opposition to the appointment of Omahan Victor Rosewater as U.S. assistant postmaster general.

1931 — The regional office of the U.S. Veterans Bureau in Omaha was swamped by ex-servicemen wishing to take advantage of a 50 percent bonus loan. The director estimated that half of all Nebraska veterans would sign up for the program.

1941 -- Construction of what was then often called the Fort Crook bomber plant was under way after official groundbreaking ceremonies at the site south of Omaha. The plant was to assemble Martin Marauders, two-engine medium bombers that would be widely used during World War II.

1951 — Anna Emmaline McLaughlin, a former Nebraska high school teacher, was appointed to the staff of the U.S. Embassy in London.

1961 — The final gaps in construction of Consumer Public Power District’s nuclear power plant near Hallam were closed as instrument panels were fitted into place.

1971 — The University of Nebraska and other state agencies pondered the impact of Gov. Jim Exon’s recommended austerity budget. At Kearney State College, 27 faculty members were told they might not be rehired for the fall term for lack of money.

1981 — Opponents of LB319, which would close school districts that teach only kindergarten through eighth grade, packed the legislative chamber, the Capitol rotunda and spilled into the hallways during a public hearing on the legislative bill.

1991 — Two Nebraskans were among U.S. soldiers injured in the Persian Gulf War. Marine Cpl. Jay D. Johnson was slightly injured and Army paratrooper Tom Hiatt was seriously injured when an explosive device detonated near him.

2001 — Pres. George W. Bush visited Omaha on a two-day national swing to rally support for his tax and budget proposals. He hoped to persuade Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who was viewed was one of the swing votes who might cross party lines in the closely divided Senate, to support the Republican president’s $1.6 trillion tax-cut package.



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