Omaha in History

Nebraska: Lincoln, Neb

Historical Events

  • 1883-05-17 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
  • 1894-10-01 Civic organization, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben founded in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1898-06-01 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition opens in Omaha
  • 1917-12-01 Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1917-12-12 Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1924-05-03 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber.
  • 1926-12-16 WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
  • 1934-03-02 Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
  • 1935-05-04 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
  • 1935-05-11 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • 1935-06-08 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6
  • 1949-09-01 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-09-17 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-08-18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1958-11-06 Wilber Snyder beats V Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1959-08-19 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1960-02-26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1963-07-27 Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1964-05-02 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1964-05-16 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965-05-15 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965-05-22 Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965-10-07 50 mph gust helps Robert Mitera ace 447-yd 10th hole at Miracle Hills, Omaha, Nebr to score world's longest straight hole-in-one
  • 1966-07-03 Race riots in Omaha Nebraska
  • 1966-07-05 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • 1966-11-12 Dick The Bruiser beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1966-11-19 Mad Dog Vachon beats Dick The Bruiser in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1975-05-06 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1862-03-14 Eva Thatcher, American actress, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1942)
  • 1888-01-15 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1894-09-16 Clarence R Hennecke, actor (Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1899-05-10 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1907-11-09 Burrill Phillips, composer (Play Ball), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 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
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1916-06-14 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Old Yeller, Summer Magic), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1920-10-17 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1966)
  • 1922-09-01 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2016)

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1924-04-03 Marlon Brando, Canadian 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
  • 1929-03-27 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)
  • 1929-12-01 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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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
Investor
Warren Buffett
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941-02-08 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1942-07-12 Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1944-09-06 Swoosie Kurtz, actress (Slap Shot, Garp, Sisters), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1946-04-18 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canada, guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • 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
  • 1960-03-25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1972-07-21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1979-06-19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2006-08-30 Billionaire Warren Buffett (76) weds longtime companion Astrid Menks (60) in Omaha

Investor Warren Buffett
Investor
Warren Buffett