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1871 -- A Ladies Union Society was organized in Lincoln to help the needy. The society spent $100 for a dwelling for a homeless woman and her children and provided $200 for food, fuel and clothing. An attempt was made to impeach Gov. David Butler.

1881 -- The freshman class at the University of Nebraska met for a session of music and games at the home of Lillian Tebbetts.

1891 -- Eighteen men from the Pine Ridge Indian Agency were traveling to Washington, D.C., to tell their grievances to the government in person.

1901 -- Membership in the Lincoln YMCA reached 300. Half of the members were high school students. The Legislature was considering establishment of two new normal schools for teacher training.

1911 -- The Abraham Lincoln Monument Association unanimously approved the model submitted by Daniel Chester French. It was to be placed near the Capitol. (The statue is in place at 14th and J streets, near the west entrance of the Capitol.)

1921 -- A new Catholic parish was to be formed in Lincoln under the direction of Bishop C.J. O’Reilly.

1931 -- Lincoln recorded 21 continuous days of sunshine, unusual for winter.

1941 -- A municipal police radio station for Falls City was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission.

1951 -- The new $297,000 Neligh High School building was dedicated.

1961 -- Joan Densmore Harberson wired Lincoln relatives that she was safe aboard a Portuguese cruise ship that had been hijacked in the Caribbean by exiles hoping to bring down the Antonio Salazar regime in Lisbon. Harberson was released after the ship docked in Recife, Brazil, and the hijackers admitted defeat.

1971 -- Gen. John J. Pershing College at Beatrice closed. While the school had been in financial difficulties, the suddenness of the action surprised students and faculty. Southeast Community College uses the campus now. A record University of Nebraska midyear graduating class of about 900 received baccalaureate and advanced degrees at commencement in Pershing Auditorium.

1981 -- The Woods Charitable Fund of Lincoln awarded a $150,000 grant to Hastings College for restoration of McCormick Hall, the first building constructed on the Hastings campus in 1883. A 30,000-square-foot Food-4-Less store at 64th Street and Platte Avenue in Lincoln opened for business.

1991 -- 1,400 people gathered at the Capitol to show support for U.S. troops in Operation Desert Storm with a flag-waving rally. Dennis Navratil, deputy commander of the Nebraska American Legion, spoke to the crowd, saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was “10 times more barbaric than Hitler ever thought of being.” The price of a first-class stamp was set to rise 4 cents, to 29 cents on Feb. 3.

2001 -- Plans were approved for a $5.5 million Outdoor Education Center and Camp near Walton for Lincoln-area Boy Scouts. The state’s first adoption subsidy law, which provided a $1,000 stipend annually for up to five years to each family that adopts a child, marked its first year.

 

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