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
  • 1883-07-04 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

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)
  • 1888-01-15 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1892-01-02 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 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
  • 1901-05-11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • 1901-07-22 Charles Weidman, Nebraska, modern dancer/choreographer (Candide)
  • 1902-09-05 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1979)
  • 1902-09-13 Leland Hayward, American producer (Mister Roberts, Spirit of St Louis), born in Nebraska City, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 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)

  • 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, 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
  • 1911-03-13 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1986)
  • 1911-08-05 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)

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)
  • 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)
  • 1918-07-14 Jay Forrester, Engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, born near Anselmo, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 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, 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- )
  • 1922-09-01 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1922-10-23 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 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 Street Cart Named Desire and On the Waterfront), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)

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

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)
  • 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
  • 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
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, actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1934-11-20 Valentine J Peter, priest (Boy's Town 1985- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936-01-27 Barry C. Barish, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, gravitational waves), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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)
  • 1937-12-16 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- )
  • 1940-04-18 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1940-09-19 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Person of interestDick Cheney

1941-01-30 Dick Cheney, American politician (Vice President: 2001-2009), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
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, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona (1987-95), born in Oakland, Nebraska
  • 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 Olympic 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
  • 1959-03-20 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, 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
  • 1961-04-11 Lucky Vanous, American model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1962-12-06 Janine Turner, actress (Maggie in 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
  • 1969-09-21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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

Person of interestHilary Swank

1974-07-30 Hilary Swank, American actress (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
  • 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 1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1978-12-06 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1979-06-19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1987-10-30 Ashley Graham, American model and body activist, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1997-05-24 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer (Finally Happy), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Deaths

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