Omaha in History

Nebraska: Lincoln, Neb

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2013-07-14 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Omaha CC: Kenny Perry wins by 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Fred Funk

Famous Birthdays

  • 1862-03-14 Eva Thatcher, American actress, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1942)
  • 1882-05-09 George Barker, American portrait and landscape painter, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1888-01-15 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • 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 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
  • 1903-02-06 John Dunning, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 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)
  • 1909-02-11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1909-12-28 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 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)
  • 1915-08-24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1916-06-14 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Gentlemen's Agreement, Old Yeller, Summer Magic), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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)

  • 1924-12-23 Floyd Kalber, American television journalist & anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)

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
  • 1928-11-11 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 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)

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1939-12-06 Steve Alaimo, American rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940-01-06 Ed Zschau, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940-04-18 Skip Stephenson, American 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
  • 1941-02-08 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1942-07-12 Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1943-06-26 John Beasley, American actor (Everwood), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1944-09-06 Swoosie Kurtz, American actress (Slap Shot, Garp, Sisters), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1946-04-18 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946-04-20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 1946-09-09 Doug Ingle, rock vocalist/keyboards (Iron Butterfly), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1947-09-05 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1949-08-03 Reed Waller, American comic book author (Omaha the Cat Dancer)
  • 1951-07-05 Johnny Rodgers, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1972, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Grey Cup C'ship 1974, Montreal Alouettes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1954-01-18 Ted DiBiase, American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1954-09-16 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2014)
  • 1959-03-20 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1960-03-25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961-02-10 Alexander Payne, American film director (Sideways), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1964-03-31 Erik Turner, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1965-12-31 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1966-10-11 Gregg Olson, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967-12-28 Chris Ware, US cartoonist, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1969-09-21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971-01-16 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972-07-21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972-10-29 Gabrielle Union, American actress, author and activist (Bring it on, Being Mary Jane), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1978-05-24 Bryan Greenberg, American actor (How to Make It in America), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1978-11-16 Eric Crouch, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2001, U of Nebraska; Green Bay Packers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1979-04-23 Jaime King, American model and actress (Bulletproof Monk), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1980-01-31 James Adomian, American actor, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1980-02-15 Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1997-05-24 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer (Finally Happy), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Investor Warren Buffett
Investor
Warren Buffett