1869: A petition asking for formal incorporation of the town of Lincoln was signed by a sufficient number of citizens to make it valid, starting the process of incorporation.

1879: The B&M Railroad announced it had transported 600 carloads of household goods for immigrants to Nebraska since Jan. 1.

1889: Geneva was incorporated as a city of the second class and divided into three wards.

1899: M.L. Hayward, a Republican, was chosen U.S. senator by the Legislature. His election didn't come until the 61st ballot.

1909: H.E. Gooch started a concrete grain elevator with a capacity of 100,000 bushels and expected to increase his Lincoln milling firm's capacity from 125 barrels of flour a day.

1919: Merrick County farmers organized to build several co-op elevators in that county.

1929: The economic depression that was about to overwhelm the country had a forerunner in Nebraska in the form of unprecedented low prices for farmers' products. Banks and businesses were failing, mortgages on farms were being foreclosed and business in general was stagnating.

1939: Census Bureau estimates of Nebraska's population were 1,337,963. This represented a decrease of 64,495 people or 4.7 percent in the decade.

1949: The number of school districts officially reported in Nebraska was 6,842. Of those, 570 were high school districts. Certified teachers, supervisors, principals and superintendents totaled 12,445.

1959: An advanced version of the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile - to be based in "hardened" underground redoubts - was slated for installation in the Lincoln vicinity, the Air Force announced.

1969: Saint Elizabeth Health Center announced it would close its school of nursing in a year. The school opened to supply nurses during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

The Legislature passed a bill lowering the majority age from 21 to 20. Voting rights were excluded.

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1979: Near Grand Island, 600 of a herd of 800 cattle died after ingesting a corn rootworm insecticide.

An outbreak of rubella, also known as red measles, German measles and three-day measles, occurred among college students at Hastings, McCook and Kearney.

1989: The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced completion of its project to re-introduce otters to the state.

1999: A legislative majority overrode Gov. Mike Johanns' first-ever veto, of a school aid bill. For fiscal 1999, the bill increased state school aid by $19.4 million to $596 million.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln began its largest construction project in almost 40 years, half of it renovating or replacing the most aged buildings.



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