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This Week In Nebraska History, 11/18/18

November 19, 2018

1878: The Lincoln post office was moved into the newly completed government building.

1888: J Street near the Capitol was ready for paving, and two streetcar tracks were to be laid on the street. The Rapid Transit Co., whose building was near the Capitol, was to run a spur from 12th Street to the west entrance of the Capitol grounds.

1898: The fusionist faction of the Democratic Party elected its state ticket by a 3,000 plurality, giving Republicans a majority in the Legislature and enabling them to elect a U.S. senator. The Legislature elected senators at that time.

1908: William Jennings Bryan, defeated for the third time for the presidency, said the election was a victory for the Republicans but that the principles of the Democratic Party were not dead.

1918: A record 207 deaths for October in Lincoln were reported by the city Health Department; 142 were influenza victims. The records showed that most of the victims of the epidemic were between the ages of 20 and 40.

1928: The first sign of the holiday season was noted when 30 men applied for work at the post office. The season usually brought about 250 applicants for the 150 seasonal jobs, the assistant postmaster said.

1938: More than 5,000 fans gathered for the largest University of Nebraska football pep rally of the year.

1948: A total of 32,798 votes were cast in Lancaster County as Nebraska re-elected Republican Val Peterson to serve a second two-year term as governor. Nebraska’s presidential vote was more than 53 percent for the Republican ticket of Thomas E. Dewey and Earl Warren, but the nation preferred Harry S. Truman and his running mate, Alben Barkley. Missouri Democrat Truman was the incumbent president, having been vice president at the time of President Franklin Roosevelt’s death in 1945.

1958: The Army Air Defense command recommended two Nike missile sites, one north of and the other southwest of Lincoln. Several Atlas missiles later were installed in the Lincoln area, then removed when they became obsolete.

1968: Gov. Norbert T. Tiemann and fellow members of the State Board of Equalization set state income tax rates and planned to rely on the sales tax for an estimated combined total general fund revenue of $360 million in the new biennium.

1978: Running back James Wilder scored four touchdowns to set a Missouri record and lead the Tigers to a 35-31 upset victory over second-ranked and Orange Bowl-bound Nebraska.

1988: A recently enforced pickle card law reduced the number of groups involved in the sale of the cardboard gambling cards, confined pickle cards to the adult playgrounds of bars and bingo halls and made life for the pickle business more expensive and more regulated. The number of locations that sold pickle cards was cut in half.

1998: The Southeast Community College board approved $1.8 million in funding to build a multipurpose building for the Beatrice campus and purchase 21.5 acres of land adjacent to the Milford campus.

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