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1871: Most of the railroads in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri were selling round-trip tickets to the State Fair at Brownville for half-price.

An addition to the National Hotel near Lincoln's Burlington station was under construction.

1881: Potatoes were expected to sell for $2 a bushel by spring. The current price was more than $1.

The B&M Railroad was rapidly extending its line into Nemaha County.

1891: The Republicans were gathering in Lincoln for their state convention.

Gambling was becoming a problem in Lincoln, according to the police chief.

1901: University of Nebraska Chancellor E. Benjamin Andrews denied a report from Chicago to the effect that he had said in a lecture that a lie was sometimes justifiable.

1911: Thirty orphans from New York, ages 2 to 6, were adopted by Lincoln families.

The Rock Island Railroad cut the work time in its shops from nine hours a day to eight hours.

1921: Newman Grove was the largest town to stage a "phone strike" in protest to the increased telephone rates.

Albert B. Fall, secretary of the interior in President Warren G. Harding's administration, looked over a North Platte Valley irrigation project near Mitchell.

1931: An inch of rain fell in Lincoln within 30 minutes.

The Nebraska Anti-Saloon League elected Dr. E.W. Rowe of Lincoln president.

1941: A 1,700-pound boulder was to mark the spot where the first organized school in Seward County stood, in old Camden. The village had thrived in the 1860s and at one time was considered as a county seat site. It was the spot where the old Oregon Trail cut off between Nebraska City and Fort Kearny.

1951: Nearly 78 percent of Nebraska farms had electricity.

The Omaha dock board said Federal Barge Lines would start a towboat up the Missouri River from St. Louis to Omaha.

1961: The University of Nebraska released plans for the new $4 million twin high-rise Cather-Pound dormitories on 17th Street north of R Street. The completed dorms would house 960 students.

1971: York College, a private two-year school, announced plans to build a $500,000 gymnasium to replace one damaged by wind. A gift of $50,000 from Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Freeman of York gave impetus to the plan.

1981: Oil paintings, done as part of the Work Projects Administration during the 1930s, were found in storage and restored for display at Bennett Martin Public Library.

1991: U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey formally announced his candidacy in the 1992 Democratic presidential race before thousands of supporters in Lincoln.

 

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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