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1871: The Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, completed to Lincoln from Plattsmouth the previous summer, pushed west to Crete on June 12 (Dorchester on July 4, Sutton on Aug. 24).

1881: A former yardmaster for the Atchison and Nebraska Railroad described in a news account as "a hard worker, a very handy man with his fists and a terribly good fellow with the boys" had been "contaminated" while tracking bandits and was himself accused of stealing $1,400 from a store.

1891: The corner of Ella and Sixth streets in Beatrice was selected as site of a new federal building for the Gage County seat.

1901: The first step toward organization of a new national third party was taken at Kansas City. The movement was said to have the expressed sympathy, if not avowed support, of Nebraska's William Jennings Bryan, who might be the new party's 1904 candidate for president.

1911: The salary of state banking examiners was established at $1,800 per year, despite requests for a yearly increase of $200. The examiners claimed that legislative appropriations set their salaries at $2,000.

1921: Five people were killed and 33 were injured when a bridge collapsed, letting a Chicago and North Western passenger train fall into flooding Cottonwood Creek west of Chadron.

1931: One fireman was killed and three buildings were destroyed when fire struck Ingleside, a state hospital for the mentally ill west of Hastings.

1941: Joseph T. Carroll became Lincoln's police chief, succeeding Walter Anderson. Carroll was to serve until his retirement in 1975.

1951: Salt Creek, Antelope Creek, Dead Man's Run and Beal Slough overflowed as the result of heavy rain that turned many Lincoln streets into streams.

1961: Reports of "flying saucers" of various kinds were fairly frequent and usually resulted in some kind of investigation. Beatrice police had reports from a group of teen-agers that a "7-foot flying woman with claws" had been sighted in Chautauqua Park on the southeast edge of the city.

1971: The Lincoln City Libraries had on display an exhibition of art by Soviet children from the fifth-grade level in Leningrad.

1981: Louis L'Amour received the 17th annual Buffalo Bill Award at Nebraskaland Days in North Platte. The author of some 80 westerns, L'Amour was attired in fancy western clothing. The Union Pacific Railroad depot in Osceola was in danger of being demolished until rescued by Lee and Mary Jo Becker. The couple moved the depot from the town's park to property they owned in Osceola with plans to convert it to a museum. The depot was located in the park in 1977, after being donated to the city by UP. Lack of interest and funds for renovation of the depot prompted the city to auction the partially refurbished building.

1991: A severe thunderstorm ripped through Lincoln with a torrential downpour, lightning and wind gusts up to 41 mph. The winds lifted the roof and supporting trusses from a Forest Siding Supply warehouse at 16th Street and Yolande Avenue, moving it 60 yards to the east, and propelled tree limbs that knocked out power for hundreds of Lincolnites.

 

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