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This Week In Nebraska History

This Week In Nebraska History

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1871: Nebraska voters turned thumbs down on a proposed new constitution.

The highest premium for the best collection of fruit exhibited at the American Pomologican Society's convention in Richmond, Va., went to Nebraska.

1881: Lincolnites approved a $50,000 bond issue to aid in building a Lincoln-to-Fremont railway. The railroad directors had pledged publicly that the new road would never be merged with the Burlington or the Union Pacific. (It would never be built, either.)

1891: The secretary of the state Board of Transportation finished a long report showing that railroad rates could not be reduced in Nebraska without hurting business interests in the state.

1901: A Lincoln woman was arrested on suspicion of being part of an anarchist movement. A nationwide search for anarchists was prompted by President William McKinley's assassination.

1911: Total registration at the University of Nebraska for the first semester of the 1911-12 school year was 2,051.

1921: The possibility that a single electric light wire, carrying 1 million volts of electricity and stretching from New York to San Francisco, could furnish light for farmers in remote areas was discussed at a convention of the Midwestern Division of National Electric Light Association in Omaha.

1931: An attempt was being made in Lincoln as well as in other communities to revise local prohibition laws and legalize the sale of beer.

1941: Nebraska employment for August was 29 percent above that of 1940, reflecting the demand for workers in war-related industry. The state's employment for the first eight months of 1941 was up 21 percent over the previous year.

1951: The news from Curtis was bad as Coach Bill Glassford's University of Nebraska football team broke fall camp there and headed for Lincoln. Bob Reynolds, whose sensational performances in 1950 had earned him All-American honors as a sophomore, suffered a shoulder separation during a scrimmage and was lost for the season.

1961: The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, opening what was to be their final season under Coach Bill Jennings, beat North Dakota 33-0 in Lincoln.

1971: Harrison in extreme northwestern Nebraska had several inches of snow.

A federal court jury found former State Welfare Director Harold Strode guilty of conspiracy to defraud the state of $88,500, of which he was alleged to have received half.

1981: East Park 3 Theatres, in East Park Plaza, opened. It was the first new movie house to open in Lincoln since the early 1970s.

A Renaissance Fair was held in connection with Union College's 90th birthday celebration.

1991: Lincoln teachers began the new school year without new contracts following disputes over salary; a study by the American Federation of Teachers this same week ranked Nebraska 41st in teacher pay.

Faculty at the University of Nebraska Lincoln protested their administration's budget-cutting process. UNL was planning to eliminate the speech and classics departments and many other programs following a legislatively mandated 2 percent budget cut.



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