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1878: Government engineers arrived at Nebraska City to plan changes in the Missouri River channel. Four thousand dollars was appropriated for the project.

1888: A Lincoln butcher said 600 head of beef, 800 sheep and a large number of hogs were killed each month for consumption by Lincolnites.

1898: The first brick for the Congregational Church at Albion was laid.

The 1st Nebraska Regiment fought in the first battle at Manila during the Spanish-American War.

1908: Hundreds of Methodists participating in the Epworth assembly in Epworth Park southwest of Lincoln heard ministers revile demon rum and discuss the progress of missionaries in the Philippines.

1918: Gen. John J. Pershing, a Nebraskan, leader of U.S. forces in France, had more than 1 million troops under his command in a battle theater running from Verdun to the Swiss border.

1928: Roald Amundsen, the first explorer to reach the South Pole, was reported missing in the Arctic. An old friend of the Norwegian explorer, Omahan James V. Bursik, predicted Amundsen was not lost.

1938: "Panorama of Nebraska," a pageant of the state's history, was staged by 3,000 performers in an outdoor amphitheater at Pioneers Park. The site later became Pinewood Bowl.

1948: A census disclosed that 45 of every 1,000 Nebraskans were state or federal employees.

Gov. Val Peterson, returning from a 10-day tour of the Missouri River Basin, praised the basin development program.

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1958: Continental Air Defense Command officials said two batteries of Nike-Hercules missiles would be located at Lincoln and Omaha. Construction at both sites would cost about $7 million, they said, with each of the batteries worth about $1.75 million. About 400 men would be required to operate the Lincoln unit.

1968: Scott Skultely, 17, of Omaha was the first to swim the 21-mile length of Lake McConaughy near Ogallala. He started at the west end and climbed out 11 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds later at Kingsley Dam.

1978: NBC camera crews were in Lincoln to televise the National Junior Olympics.

According to the annual statistical report of the state Health Department, the death rate in Nebraska declined in 1977 to the lowest point in nearly 40 years.

1988: Kris Rutford, a 28-yearold Lincoln resident and former member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln swim team, swam across the English Channel in 10 hours and 44 minutes. The 21-mile swim started at Shakespeare Beach at the southeastern English port of Dover and ended in Wissant, France.

1998: The Nebraska Supreme Court reversed its 1994 ruling on second-degree murder, which resulted in the release of at least 16 people convicted of the crime.



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