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This Week In Nebraska History, 09/30/18

September 30, 2018

1878: Nebraska Republicans were preparing to attend their state convention. There were to be 17 delegates from Douglas County and 14 from Lancaster County.

1888: The University of Nebraska reported 1,283 students had registered for classes.

1898: The Lincoln Traction Co. began running streetcars to Union College via Normal.

1908: The new banquet hall of the Lincoln Hotel was the scene of the Nebraska Bankers Association convention. The bankers adopted a resolution opposing guarantee of bank deposits.

1918: Evidence of forged signatures was introduced into a court hearing to determine the validity of petitions to place woman’s suffrage on the Nebraska ballot.

1928: Sen. Charles Curtis of Kansas, Republican vice presidential nominee on the Hoover ticket, spoke at Omaha.

Arrangements were being made to bring U.S. Sen. William Borah of Idaho to the University of Nebraska Coliseum to discuss farm relief.

1938: A conference at Omaha failed to bring settlement of a statewide truck strike.

1948: Nebraska’s polio epidemic continued with 58 cases reported during the week, with 60 the previous week. The year’s total reached 479.

Lt. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, was ordered to take command of the Strategic Air Command at Omaha.

1958: A suggestion by a Chicago consultant to close O Street from Ninth to 16th streets received a cool reception from Lincoln civic officials.

1968: Razing of the Lindell Hotel at 12th and M streets was progressing. A 20-story First National Bank building was to be erected on the site.

1978: The Wilber Hotel, built in 1895 and acquired by the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber, was accepted for the National Register of Historic Places.

1988: Fourteen sets of twins were enrolled at Irving Junior High School. Three sets were in ninth grade, two were in eighth grade and nine were seventh-graders. Ten of the 14 pairs were identical, and two were brother-and-sister teams.

1998: The flexible polymer blanket covering the Hubble craft became brittle, threatening the sight of the spacecraft’s telescope, launched in 1990 with a design life of 15 years. John Woollam, a professor of electrical engineering and physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, worked to diagnose the progressive disease attacking the spacecraft’s insulation.

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