This Week In Nebraska History, 09/02/18

September 3, 2018

1878: A minor land boom was under way throughout Nebraska as Eastern buyers crowded the Burlington land office in Lincoln.

1888: The cornerstone of Cotner University was laid in Bethany.

1898: Soldiers of the 2nd Nebraska Regiment started to return home after the victory at Manila in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.

1908: The state’s primary election and the State Fair were held the same week.

1918: The County Council of Defense at Clay Center referred a case charging the use of the German language to the State Council in Lincoln. It was claimed that a group of Swedish-Americans from Saronville had gone to Sutton on Saturday night and ordered a group of German Americans to stop speaking German. A riot followed.

1928: “I have decided to support Mr. (Herbert) Hoover,” GOP Gov. Adam McMullen said, throwing his support behind the Republican presidential nominee over Democrat Al Smith. His sole guide, he said, was the economic welfare of the farmer.

1938: The Nebraska Aeronautics Commission opposed the State Fair Board’s plan to stage an airplane crash at the annual exposition.

1948: Scientists excavating a half-ton meteorite at Beaver Crossing uncovered evidence of prehistoric humans in that area.

Razing of old University Hall, the first building on the University of Nebraska campus, began.

1958: City and state traffic engineers proposed a system of one-way streets for the entire Lincoln downtown business district.

1968: The second severe windstorm in three weeks ripped through Millard and western Omaha. One man was crushed to death when the wind blew a crane over on him.

1978: Nebraska’s 109th State Fair opened with picture-perfect weather, optimism among exhibitors and prospects for near record-breaking attendance, a newspaper said.

1988: Three Omaha boys were surprised when a wing flap from a FB-111 fighter bomber fell in a vacant lot about 100 feet away from them. The bomber was performing at the Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base.

1998: Native people from at least 17 tribes and six states arrived in Lincoln seeking the return of all ancestral bones in possession of the University of Nebraska. UNL officials immediately agreed. The remains were of more than 1,600 Native people, many of whom had been excavated from tribal burial grounds and kept on university shelves for decades.

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