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This Week In Nebraska History, 12/23/18

December 24, 2018

1878: A large-scale brawl erupted in a tavern at Ninth and O streets, causing several injuries and some damage. Incidents such as this were common at the time.

1888: The Missouri Pacific and the North Western railroads filed an indenture showing their intention to build a depot in Lincoln. This was to become reality in 1898 at Ninth and S streets.

1898: Judge M.L. Hayward of Nebraska City was in Lincoln organizing a campaign for the U.S. Senate. The vote was to be taken shortly by the Legislature.

1908: The Omaha water board said it was prepared to install a man in the offices of the water company, but company officials said they would throw the man over the transom.

1918: Lincolnites learned that National Guard officers and men would return to civilian status when discharged from the Army.

1928: Dana Zenophon Bible, coach at Texas A&M, was named head football coach at the University of Nebraska to succeed E.E. Berg.

1938: Profits from Nebraska home football games were reported to total about $135,000. This figure was equal to the total for 1937, considered a banner year by the NU athletic department.

1948: The Cooper Foundation granted the Lancaster County Planning Commission $2,500 to continue work through the fiscal year.

1958: Stockholders of the Lincoln Centennial Corp. heard plans for the 1959 city centennial. They included an O Street parade, a ball, a religious heritage day, a time capsule and a five-performance drama.

1968: An influenza epidemic caused Creighton University to close a week early for Christmas.

1978: The downtown Lincoln YMCA headquarters building at 11th and P streets was listed for sale at $1 million in an attempt to erase debts of nearly $589,000.

1988: A lease arrangement clearing the way for renovation of the W.T. Grant Building, 1005 O St., for a downtown senior center was approved by the City Council.

1998: Pinewood Bowl prepared for its 50th season.

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