This Week In Nebraska History, 09/23/18

September 24, 2018

1878: A large number of immigrant wagons passed through Lincoln.

1888: A stone bridge was built to carry R Street over Antelope Creek.

1898:William Jennings Bryan spent a day in Washington, D.C., in an unsuccessful effort to have the 3rd Nebraska Regiment mustered out of service. The Spanish-American War was over, but it looked like troops wouldn’t be home by election time in November.

1908: Bryan carried his presidential campaign to New York City to ask support of Tammany Hall.

1918: Nebraskans’ attention focused on the war in Europe. The front was relatively quiet while the Allies consolidated gains. Gen. John J. Pershing was preparing for the Meuse Argonne offensive, destined to be the biggest American operation of the war.

1928: The Red Cross collected funds to aid tornado-stricken communities in eastern Nebraska.

1938: Fire destroyed the grandstand at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva.

1948: The invasion of colleges by World War II veterans had tapered off somewhat over the country, but the decrease at the University of Nebraska was so slight that the Cornhusker school was considered an exception.

1958: State officials learned that in the event of nuclear war, Columbus would become the capital of Nebraska. Col. Golden P. Kratz explained that Lincoln, Omaha, South Sioux City, Hastings and Sidney probably would be annihilated because they all had major military installations nearby.

1968: Rains dispelled fears that near-drought conditions would continue into the fall.

1978: A divided Nebraska Liquor Control Commission ruled that Lincoln’s University Place, which had been free of liquor sales outlets throughout its 91-year history, should remain that way.

1988: KN Energy Inc. failed to prove that 24 Panhandle communities set unfair natural gas rates when they reduced the increases proposed by KN. The case was the first test of the Municipal Natural Gas Regulation Act, enacted by the Legislature in 1987. It let cities and villages set rate increases for natural gas.

1998: The City Council overrides Mayor Mike Johanns’ veto of the controversial picketing ordinance passed to control anti-abortion picketing at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The ordinance and its legal status eventually went to court. A federal judge permanently barred the city from enforcing the measure in 2000.

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