Nebraska in History

Nebraska: Lincoln, Neb - Omaha

Historical Events

  • 1854-05-30 Kansas-Nebraska Act repeals Missouri Compromise creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska
  • 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 territories
  • 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
  • 1883-05-17 Buffalo Bill's 1st Wild West show opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1883-05-19 William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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)
  • 1917-12-01 Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1917-12-12 Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska

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1919-01-16 The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol, is ratified by a majority of US states
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The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established prohibition
The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established prohibition
  • 1924-05-03 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber

  • 1928-07-06 Largest recorded hailstone at the time 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) falls in Potter, Nebraska
  • 1931-07-27 Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops
  • 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 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1989-12-22 Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pittsburgh, 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
  • 1997-10-01 Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne records his 250th NCAA career victory with a 67-7 drubbing of Oklahoma; Osborne, in his 25th season, reaches milestone faster than anyone (301 games)
  • 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
  • 2018-05-24 Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history
  • 2018-08-15 First ever US execution by fentanyl of Carey Dean Moore at Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln
  • 2019-03-18 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service
  • 2019-03-20 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history"
  • 2019-03-21 Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state
  • 2019-07-17 Irrigation canal system collapses near Fort Laramie, Wyoming parching 100,000 acres of farmland across Nebraska and Wyoming

Famous Birthdays

  • 1832-04-22 Julius Sterling Morton, American politician (3rd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) and founder of Arbor Day, born in Adams, New York (d. 1902)

Person of interestCrazy Horse

1840-12-04 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn), born in Fort Robinson, Nebraska (d. 1877)

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • 1862-03-14 Eva Thatcher, American actress, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1942)
  • 1874-01-06 Fred Niblo, American film actor, director, and producer (Ben-Hur, The Mark of Zorro), born in York, Nebraska (d. 1948)
  • 1876-09-26 Edith Abbott, American social worker and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1880-04-18 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • 1880-12-31 Fred Beebe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1882-05-09 George Barker, American portrait and landscape painter, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1886-12-02 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1888-01-15 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • 1892-01-02 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 1892-08-06 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), born in Tekamah, Nebraska (d. 1962)
  • 1893-04-20 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), born in Burchard, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1894-07-30 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1894-09-16 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1896-09-10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

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
  • 1896-11-23 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)

Person of interestFred Astaire

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
  • 1900-07-31 Elmo Roper, American pollster (Roper Poll), born in Hebron, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1901-05-11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • 1901-07-22 Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1902-09-05 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1979)
  • 1902-09-07 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!, Freckles), born in Crab Orchard, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1902-09-13 Leland Hayward, American producer (Mister Roberts, Spirit of St Louis), born in Nebraska City, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1903-04-09 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Benkelman, Nebraska (d. 1960)
  • 1904-08-15 Bill Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Person of interestHenry Fonda

1905-05-16 Henry Fonda, American actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1982)

  • 1906-09-21 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder, born in Waverly, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1907-05-18 Robley Evans, American nuclear physicist, born in University Place, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • 1907-09-03 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1977)
  • 1907-11-09 Burrill Phillips, American composer (Play Ball), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)
  • 1908-02-18 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • 1908-08-27 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), born in O'Neill, Nebraska (d. 1973)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1909-04-24 Irven Spence, American animator, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1995)
  • 1909-10-01 Samuel Yorty, (Mayor-LA), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1909-12-28 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 1910-01-06 Wright Morris, American novelist & photographer, born in Central City, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1911-03-13 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1986)
  • 1911-06-30 Virginia D. Smith, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska), born in Randolph, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1911-08-05 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), born in Filley, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1913-01-07 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1913-01-14 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 2007)
  • 1913-01-19 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), born in Talmage, Nebraska (d. 2001)

Person of interestGerald Ford

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, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • 1914-02-06 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1915-05-08 John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), born in Osceola, Nebraska (d. 1999)
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1916-05-22 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1916-06-14 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Gentlemen's Agreement, Old Yeller, Summer Magic), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1916-06-23 Irene Worth [Hattie Abrams], American actress (Nicolas & Alexandra), born in Fairbury, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1916-07-18 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1918-04-18 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), born in Rising City, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1918-06-19 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), born in Stamford, Nebraska (d. 1989)
  • 1918-07-14 Jay Forrester, Engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, born near Anselmo, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1919-08-29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 1920-09-14 Lawrence Klein, American economist who created computer models to forecast economic trends (1980 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2013)
  • 1920-10-17 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1966)
  • 1921-01-14 Ken Sailors, American professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-09 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), born in Geddes, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 1922-09-01 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1922-10-04 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1922-10-23 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1922-10-29 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1924-03-21 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1998)

Person of interestMarlon Brando

1924-04-03 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)

  • 1924-07-19 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), born in Osceola, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1924-12-23 Floyd Kalber, American television journalist & anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • 1925-05-05 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1925-05-05 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), born in Weston, Nebraska (d. 2017)

Person of interestMalcolm X

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
  • 1926-11-13 Max Vernon Mathews, American composer, born in Columbus, Nebraska (d. 2011)

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

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
  • 1928-08-25 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, born in Horace, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • 1928-08-31 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), born in Laurel, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1928-11-11 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1928-12-25 Irish McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1929-02-09 Bill Barrett, (Rep-R-Nebraska)
  • 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 (d. 1997)
  • 1930-03-27 David Janssen, American actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), born in Naponee Nebraska (d. 1980)

Person of interestWarren Buffett

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

Investor Warren Buffett
Investor
Warren Buffett
  • 1930-12-10 Clayton K Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, born in Eustis, Nebraska (d. 2017)
  • 1932-12-29 Inga Swenson, American actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1934-11-20 Valentine J Peter, priest (Boy's Town 1985- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-05-24 Joan Micklin Silver, American director (Hester Street), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-06-26 Douglas Peterson, American politician and diplomat, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-11-09 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cy Young/NL MVP 1968), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936-01-27 Barry C. Barish, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, gravitational waves), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936-02-27 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), born in Spalding, Nebraska (d. 2019)
  • 1936-06-04 Bruce Dern, American actor (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-04-26 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1937-04-27 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 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)

Person of interestIvan Sutherland

1938-05-16 Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
Computer Scientist
Ivan Sutherland
  • 1939-10-06 Douglas K Bereuter, (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 1939-12-06 Steve Alaimo, American rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-09-02 George W. Norris, U.S. Senator noted for his advocacy of political reform and of public ownership of hydroelectric-power plants, dies at 83
  • 2005-06-10 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), dies at 83
  • 2006-01-23 Virginia D. Smith, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska), dies at 94