Today In Nebraska History-December

Posted Dec 01, 2019 12:00 PM

Today In Nebraska History-December


Dec. 1


1868 - The first state capitol was ready for occupancy.


1946 - A $4 million contract was let for construction of the Enders dam on Frenchman Creek in Chase County.


1948 - Timothy Iron Bear was executed in the electric chair in Lincoln for killing a ranch woman who lived near Rushville.


Dec. 2


1863 - President Abraham Lincoln designated Omaha as the starting point for the transcontinental railroad's westward push. Ground was broken on the same date one year later.


1919 - A state constitutional convention began.


Dec. 3


1873 - The city of Kearney incorporated.


Dec. 4


1951 - Robert D. Harrison, a Norfolk oil man and Republican, defeated Fremont Mayor Carl F. Olson, a Democrat, in a race for the U.S. House seat from Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District.


1959 - Keith Neville, a Democrat who was Nebraska governor, 1917-1919, died in North Platte. He was 75.


Dec. 5


1858 - William Richardson resigned as territorial governor in protest of President James Buchanan's pro-slavery policy for Kansas. J. Sterling Morton became acting governor.


1972 - Johnny Rodgers, the University of Nebraska's all-purpose back, won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's outstanding college football player.


2007 - A 19-year-old fatally wounded eight people at the Von Maur department store at Omaha's Westroads Mall. The gunman, Robert Hawkins, then killed himself.


Dec. 6


1875 - The federal government decreed that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska must report to a reservation or be considered hostile.


1890 - The city of Gering was incorporated.


Dec. 7


1873 - Author Willa Cather, whose novels were often set on the plains of Nebraska, was born in Winchester, Va.


Dec. 8


1934 - A nationwide federal cleanup drive against drug users and dealers resulted in more than 500 arrests, and 28 of those arrested were taken to Omaha.


Dec. 9


1854 - Residents of Bellevue accused acting Gov. Thomas Cuming of accepting and even exacting bribes from the Omaha town company for consideration as territorial capital.


1874 - The military post on the North Loup River was named Fort Hartsuff, in honor of Maj. Gen. George Hartsuff.


Dec. 10


1934 - The athletic advisory board gave formal approval for Omaha University to join the North Central conference.


Dec. 11


1970 - In Wahoo, students at John F. Kennedy College defied 18-degree weather to begin a 30-hour "dig-in," digging the basement for the foundation of a new campus student union.


Dec. 12


1854 - The Nebraska Territory held its first elections.


1871 - Adams County was organized.


1917 - The Rev. Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, officially known as Father Flanagan's Boys' Home.


1919 - The National Park Service acquired land to create Scotts Bluff National Monument.


Dec. 13


1867 - Gen. Christopher Augur, commanding officer of the Army's Department of the Platte, ordered Company E of the 30th Infantry to be stationed at Sidney Barracks.


Dec. 14


1970 - The University of Nebraska Board of Regents directed all student organizations to comply with anti-discrimination policies by Feb. 1 or lose their official sanction.


1984 - Nebraska Attorney General Paul Douglas, who resigned Dec. 26, 1984, was convicted of perjury by a county court jury in Lincoln. The state Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.


Dec. 15


1969 - Durward B. "Woody" Varner was named chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Dec. 16


1941 - Peace officers from nine western Nebraska counties met in Sidney and drafted a resolution for a radio communications system for the national defense.


Dec. 17


1934 - The Rev. William J. Corboy resigned as faculty regent of athletics at Creighton University in Omaha. He had held the post since 1914.


Dec. 18


1900 - Meatpacking heir Edward Cudahy Jr. was kidnapped and then ransomed for $25,000 in gold.


Dec. 19


1896 - Sgt. Leodegan Schnyder, a Swiss immigrant who was in the U.S. Army for 53 years, died on his farm near Tobias.


Dec. 20


1854 - Acting Gov. Thomas Cuming announced that the territorial legislature would meet in Omaha.


Dec. 21


1944 - State officials approved a petition to create the Custer Public Power District in Broken Bow.


Dec. 22


1970 - The state school districts reorganization committee approved plans for creating a high school district in Colfax County.


Dec. 23


1934 - The McCook City Council accepts a land donation to serve as a site for McCook Junior College, forerunner of McCook Community College.


Dec. 24


1913 - Joseph Cullen Root, founder of the Omaha-based Modern Woodmen of America fraternal organization, died in Hendersonville, N.C.


1985 - A passer-by discovered the body of a young boy in a roadside ditch near Chester. The town later buried the child, who was eventually identified as 9-year-old Danny Stutzman. His father was convicted of abandoning the body.


Dec. 25


1799 - Mark Izard, an early territorial governor, was born in Lexington, Ky.


1917 - The Rev. Edward Flanagan and 25 boys living at his newly founded home that would eventually be called Boys Town had sauerkraut for Christmas dinner.


Dec. 26


1975 - Arizona State defeated Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, breaking the Cornhuskers' six-game bowl winning streak.


Dec. 27


1980 - Nebraska defeated Mississippi State in the Sun Bowl, 31-17.


Dec. 28


1934 - Judge L. B. Day of the state Supreme Court was elected president of the Nebraska Bar Association.


Dec. 29


1913 - Joseph Cullen Root, founder of the Woodmen of America fraternal organization, was buried in Omaha.


Dec. 30


1848 - Fort Childs was renamed Fort Kearny in honor of Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny, who had died a year earlier.


Dec. 31


1885 - A blizzard struck Ogallala.


1974 - Nebraska defeated Florida 13-10 in the Sugar Bowl.

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