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This Week In Nebraska History, 09/09/18

September 9, 2018

1878: The Grand Central Hotel in Omaha was destroyed by fire. It was the city’s greatest fire to that date.

1888: A great parade was held in dedication of a pontoon bridge across the Missouri River at Nebraska City.

1898:While the 2nd Nebraska Regiment returned to Omaha from Spanish-American War service, soldiers of the 3rd Nebraska Regiment were sad because they would not be allowed to go home in time for the November elections.

1908: Crowds at the State Fair appeared unaffected by the new law that made it illegal to buy or sell beer in Lincoln after 7 p.m.

1918: Nebraskans were cheered at the news that the Allies had smashed German forces on five sectors along a 140-mile front in eastern France. It appeared that after four years, a definite breakthrough was being made and that the “War to End All Wars” soon would be over.

1928: It was announced that a new church would be erected at 28th and Franklin streets by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

1938: President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a $326,250 grant for construction of a highway bridge at Rulo across the Missouri River.

1948: Nebraska’s 25-year-olds began to register for the country’s first peacetime draft.

1958: A new State Fair attendance record of 312,000 was set. The old record of 305,000 was set the year before.

1968: The State Fair set numerous records despite rainy weather. Total attendance was estimated at 457,000 for seven days. Daily records were set for Friday, 30,000; Sunday, 140,000; and Wednesday, 50,000.

1978: Quarterback Tom Sorley ran for one touchdown and passed for another, and running backs Rick Berns and Andra Franklin each scored as the No. 10 Nebraska Cornhuskers scrambled to a 36-26 come-from-behind football victory over the University of California-Berkeley in NU’s home opener.

1988: Sen. David Karnes and Democratic senatorial nominee Bob Kerrey held their first of eight debates at the State Fair open-air auditorium, where more than 2,000 people heard them spar over federal agricultural policy.

1998: The Nebraska State Grange, founded in 1972, once perceived as among the most radical organizations of its era, was in Lincoln for its 110th annual convention. The Nebraska State Grange has a historical marker (number 59) in Custer County, 5 miles northwest of Broken Bow.

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