Nebraska in History

Nebraska: Lincoln, Neb - Omaha

Historical Events

  • 1854-05-30 Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
  • 1854-05-30 Territories of Kansas & Nebraska created
  • 1855-09-03 Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children.
  • 1861-03-02 US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah ter
  • 1863-01-01 1st homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Nebraska
  • 1867-03-01 Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)
  • 1872-04-10 1st Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22
  • 1883-07-04 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1891-04-07 Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day
  • 1894-10-01 Civic organization, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben founded in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1899-02-12 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • 1917-12-12 Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1919-01-16 Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of US states; Nebraska is 36th
  • 1924-05-03 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber.
  • 1928-07-06 Worlds largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska
  • 1936-07-24 118°F (48°C), Minden, Nebraska (state record)
  • 1936-12-12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937-01-05 Only unicameral state legislature in US opens 1st session in Nebraska
  • 1950-07-08 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)
  • 1950-07-09 13.15" (33.40 cm) of rainfall, York, Nebraska (state 24-hour record)
  • 1966-07-03 Race riots in Omaha Nebraska
  • 1972-12-05 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • 1975-05-06 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1983-12-03 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
  • 1984-05-01 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1989-12-22 -18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • 1992-04-06 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
  • 1996-09-28 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • 1996-12-07 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • 2001-12-10 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • 2004-05-22 The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.
  • 2006-12-02 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • 2007-12-05 Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Nebraska mall, killing eight people before taking his own life.
  • 2008-02-08 Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
  • 2009-12-05 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • 2010-12-04 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20

Famous Birthdays

  • 1832-04-22 Julius Sterling Morton, Nebraska, (Gov-Neb), started Arbor Day

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1840-12-04 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Fort Robinson Nebraska, Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn)

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • 1888-01-15 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1892-01-02 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 1894-09-16 Clarence R Hennecke, actor (Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1896-10-28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1898-09-10 Adele Marie Astaire, sister of Fred Astaire, entertainer, born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1899-05-10 Fred Astaire, tap dancer/actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1901-05-11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • 1901-07-22 Charles Weidman, Nebraska, modern dancer/choreographer (Candide)
  • 1905-05-16 Henry Fonda, Grand Is Nebraska, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)
  • 1907-11-09 Burrill Phillips, composer (Play Ball), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1908-08-27 Frank Leahy, O'Neill Nebraska, football coach (Notre Dame)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1909-10-01 Samuel Yorty, (Mayor-LA), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1913-01-07 Shirley Ross, actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1913-07-14 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2006)

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1913-08-04 Wesley Addy, actor (Bostonians, Loving), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1915-05-08 John Archer, Osceola Nebraska, actor (Destination: Moon)
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, rhythm & blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1916-06-14 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Old Yeller, Summer Magic), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1916-06-23 Irene Worth, [Hattie Abrams], Nebraska, actress (Nicolas & Alexandra)
  • 1920-10-17 Montgomery Clift, actor (From Here to Eternity), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1921-01-14 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-09 J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 1922-10-23 Coleen Gray, American actress (Apache Drums), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1923-03-21 Philip Abbott, actor (Arthur Ward-The FBI), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

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1924-04-03 Marlon Brando, actor (On the Waterfront, The Godfather), born in Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1924-12-23 Floyd Kalber, newscaster (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1925-05-19 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X

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1927-03-19 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1929-02-09 Bill Barrett, (Rep-R-Nebraska)
  • 1929-12-01 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1930-03-27 David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), born in Naponee Nebraska (d. 1980)

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1930-08-30 Warren Buffett, American business magnate (world's wealthiest person in 2008), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
  • 1930-12-10 Clayton K Yeutter, Nebraska, US trade rep/Republican National chairman
  • 1932-12-29 Inga Swenson, actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1934-11-20 Valentine J Peter, priest (Boy's Town 1985- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1937-04-26 Robert Boozer, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1937-12-16 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1938-01-07 Paul Revere, American pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-10-06 Douglas K Bereuter, (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 1940-04-18 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1940-09-19 Paul Williams, singer/composer/actor (Planet of the Apes), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1941-01-30 Dick Cheney, 46th US Vice President, born in Lincoln, Nebraska

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney
  • 1941-02-08 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1941-11-17 Peter Hoagland, (Rep-D-Nebraska)
  • 1942-04-25 Jon Kyl, Oakland, Nebraska, US Senator (Rep-R-Arizona)
  • 1942-07-12 Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1943-08-27 Bob Kerrey, (Sen-D Nebraska)
  • 1944-09-06 Swoosie Kurtz, actress (Slap Shot, Garp, Sisters), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1946-09-05 Buddy Miles, American musician (The Electric Flag), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1946-09-09 Doug Ingle, rock vocalist/keyboards (Iron Butterfly), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1956-03-03 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1958-06-15 Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)
  • 1958-11-16 Marg Helgenberger, North Bend Nebraska, actress (China Beach)
  • 1959-02-05 Glenn Dubis, US 3x40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1960-03-25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1960-09-10 Miranda Wilson, Nebraska, actress (Sandra-Santa Barbara)
  • 1960-09-26 Bret Erickson, Bennington Nebraska, US trap (Olympics-1996)
  • 1961-01-27 Charlotte Kemp, playmate (Dec, 1982), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961-02-10 Alexander Payne, American film director (Sideways), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961-04-06 Mike Schuchart, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Tour Championship), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961-04-11 Lucky Vanous, model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1962-12-06 Janine Turner, actress (Maggie-Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1963-02-20 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • 1964-03-31 Erik Turner, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1964-05-28 Leisa Sheridan, playmate (Jul, 1993), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1965-12-31 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1966-10-11 Gregg Olson, pitcher (Balt Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967-09-05 Michele Ebadi, Miss Nebraska-America (1991), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1969-09-21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971-04-18 Kerry Lynn Kemper, Miss Nebraska USA (1996)
  • 1972-07-21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972-09-04 Myra Katherine Hale, Miss America-Nebraska (1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1974-07-30 Hilary Swank, American actress (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1975-02-11 Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)
  • 1976-06-02 Rachel White, Columbus Nebraska, Miss America-Nebraska (1997)
  • 1978-05-14 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1978-09-29 Mandy Groff, Miss Nebraska Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979-06-19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1979-08-29 Natasha Fisher, Miss Nebraska Teen USA (1997)

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-09-02 George W. Norris, US senator (R-Nebraska 1913-43), lame duck-amendment, dies at 83