1878: The Union Pacific Railroad advertised 3 million acres of land in eastern Nebraska for sale. Soldiers were entitled to 160 acres, and free railroad passes were given to buyers of railroad land. Descriptive pamphlets and maps were published in English, German, Swedish, Danish and Bohemian.
1888: The bill to make Lincoln a port of entry for goods shipped in from abroad was passed by Congress.
1898: Cedar-block pavement was torn up on South 11th Street and the laying of Lincoln's first asphalt began.
1908: Gov. Charles E. Hughes of New York spoke in Lincoln, criticizing William Jennings Bryan, who was trying for the presidency for the third time. Hughes, a Republican, was to be an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency in 1916 but eventually served as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1918: The University of Nebraska was closed for a week because of the influenza epidemic. Lincoln was under quarantine rules. The Nebraska Health Board was distributing information about the affliction, which was so unfamiliar that Lincolnites did not yet refer to it as the flu.
1928: Charles H. Morrill presented $10,000 to the University of Nebraska for material for a state museum, now in Morrill Hall on the Lincoln City Campus.
1938: The Nebraska Library Association convened at Fremont with 77 delegates attending.
1948: Lincoln was awarded a Naval Air Reserve station with 40 planes and about 130 personnel.
1958: Pickets representing two Omaha labor unions marched around and through the Statehouse protesting wages paid on a bridge project on U.S. 73-75 over the Platte River near La Platte.
1968: Omahan Bob Gibson pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to his second 1968 World Series victory and his sixth consecutive victory in three years of World Series play. However, the Detroit Tigers defeated Gibson and the Cardinals in the seventh game to win the 1968 Series.
1978: Nebraska press representatives were studying what action to take concerning a court order that barred the news media from contacting individuals involved in a grand jury investigation of alleged malfeasance by Plattsmouth city officials.
1988: A city official thought that part of The Knolls Country Club golf course would need to be rebuilt to make way for the proposed widening of Old Cheney Road. Total cost of the project was estimated at about $6.8 million.
1998: Russia's oldest symphony, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, performed at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.