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1848        Fort Kearny was built in Nebraska. It was named after Stephen Watts Kearny, a US Army hero of the Mexican War.
    (SFC, 8/11/98, p.A7)

1854        May 30, The Kansas-Nebraska Act, designed by Sen. Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, was passed by the US Congress. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The governor of the Kansas Territory was James William Denver. Pres. Pierce kept appointing proslavery governors. The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise and opened the north to slavery. This period of Kansas history was incorporated into the 1998 novel "The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton," by Jane Smiley.
    (www.historyplace.com/lincoln/kansas.htm)(AP, 5/30/97)(WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)(ON, 4/08, p.1)

1855        Sep 3, General William Harney defeated Little Thunder's Brule Sioux at the Battle of Blue Water in Nebraska.
    (HN, 9/3/98)

1861        Mar 2, US Congress created the Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
    (LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)(SC, 3/2/02)

1862        The Homestead Act officially opened the Nebraska territory for settlement, leading to statehood in 1867. The US government passed the Homestead Act to stop the spread of slavery to the Western territories. Public land was awarded to any head of a family on condition that the settlers improve the land and live there for 5 years.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.20)(HNQ, 12/3/00)

1862-1906    Bitters bottles were manufactured in Tiffin, Ohio and Omaha, Neb. to hold “American Life Bitters," an alcoholic concoction of herbs and gin that was marketed as medicine.
    (SFC, 6/3/98, Z1 p.6)

1867        Mar 1, Most of Nebraska became the 37th state. It was expanded later.
    (AP, 3/1/98)(SC, 3/1/02)

1869        A greater influx of settlers came to Nebraska with the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad.
    (HNQ, 12/3/00)

1870        Feb 17, Nebraska, the last state needed to secure ratification, approved the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.
    (AH, 2/05, p.17)

1873        Kearney, Neb., was founded. A typographical error kept the name misspelled. It was named after Stephen Watts Kearny, a US Army hero of the Mexican War.
    (SFC, 8/11/98, p.A7)

1874        Sep 18, The Nebraska Relief and Aid Society was formed to help farmers whose crops were destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West. [see 1875]
    (HN, 9/18/98)

1875        A Nebraskan estimated a grasshopper swarm to be 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide. In 2004 Jeffrey A. Lockwood authored “Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier."
    (SSFC, 5/16/04, p.M3)

1876        May 17, The 7th US Cavalry under Custer left Ft. Lincoln.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1876        Jul 17, At Warbonnet Creek, Nebraska, Buffalo Bill Cody took the scalp of Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hair (Yellow Hand) following a duel.
    (http://tinyurl.com/a4ja2)(WSJ, 12/13/05, p.D8)

1877        May 6, Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska. Crazy Horse brought General Custer to his end.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1877        Sep 5, The great Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, a cousin of Kicking Bear, was fatally bayoneted at age 36 by a soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. In 1975 Stephen Ambrose authored "Crazy Horse and Custer." In 2002 Ambrose was accused of plagiarizing from the 1955 book "Custer" by Jay Monaghan (d.1980). In 1999 Larry McMurtry authored the biography "Crazy Horse" for the Penguin Lives series. In 2004 Joseph M. Marshall III authored “The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History." In 2006 Kingsley M. Bray authored “Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life."
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, Par p.14)(HN, 12/24/99)(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/5/04, p.E5)(AH, 10/07, p.62)

1883        May 17, Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premiered in Omaha.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1883        Jul 4, One of the first Wild West shows was performed in North Platte, Nebraska, and was organized by Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody), who took the show on the road the following year.
    (IB, Internet, 12/7/98)

1891        Apr 7, Nebraska introduced an 8 hour work day.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

1892        Jul 4, The Omaha Platform was adopted at the formative convention of the Populist (or People's) Party held in Omaha, Nebraska. The People's party, more commonly known as the Populist party, was organized in St. Louis to represent the common folk, especially farmers, against the entrenched interests of railroads, bankers, processors, corporations, and the politicians in league with such interests. At its first national convention in Omaha in July 1892, the party nominated James K. Weaver for president and ratified the so-called Omaha Platform, drafted by Ignatius Donnelly of Minnesota.

1892        Bankers Manifesto: “At the coming Omaha Convention to be held July 4th (1892), our men must attend and direct its movement, or else there will be set on foot such antagonism to our designs as may require force to overcome. This at the present time would be premature. We are not yet ready for such a crisis. Capital must protect itself in every possible manner through combination (conspiracy) and legislation." Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. revealed the Bankers Manifesto of 1892 to the US Congress somewhere between 1907 and 1917.

1896        Oct 28, Howard Hansen, composer, was born in Wahoo, Nebraska. He became the director of the Eastman School of music.
    (HN, 10/28/00)(MC, 10/28/01)

1899        May 10, Fred Astaire (d.1987), movie musical star, was born in Omaha, Neb. His films included “Easter Parade" (1948).
    (AP, 5/10/99)(HN, 5/10/99)

1900        Willa Cather published “Eric Hermannson’s Soul" in Cosmopolitan. In 1998 an opera based on the story was composed by Libby Larson with libretto by Chas Rader-Shieber. It was commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Omaha Opera.
    (WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A20)

1904        Aug 16, Roman Hruska (d.1999 at 94), later Senator, was born in David City.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A17)

1905        May 16, Henry Fonda (d.1982), actor, was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. He starred in "Grapes of Wrath" and "On Golden Pond."
    (HN, 5/16/99)(AP, 5/16/07)

1907        Sep 3, Loren Eiseley, professor of Anthropology (Animal Secrets), was born in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1909        Mar 8, Anthony Donato (d.1990), composer, was born in Nebraska.

1910        Jan 6, Wright Morris  (d.1998 at 88), author, was born in Central City. In 1981 he won an American Book Award for his novel “Plains Song." He wrote 33 books over his career.
    (SFC, 5/1/98, p.D7)

1911        Aug 5, Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), was born in Filley, Neb.
    (MC, 8/5/02)

1913        Mar 23, A strong tornado swept through Omaha, Neb., on Easter Sunday leaving over 100 fatalities and millions of dollars in damage.
    (SFC, 3/23/09, p.D8)

1913        Jul 14, Gerald Ford (d.2006), 41st vice-president and 38th president of the United States, was born as Leslie King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, and achieved his highest prominence as the 38th president of the Untied States. He became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation from office. Gerald Rudolph Ford was age two when his mother divorced his father and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She remarried Gerald Ford, Sr., who adopted the young boy and gave him his name. Ford assumed the presidency on August 9, 1974, upon the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.
    (HN, 7/14/99)(HNQ, 11/24/99)(AP, 12/27/06)

1915        Willa Cather published her novel “The Song of the Lark." It was about an opera singer and the birth and development of the artistic spirit.
    (WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A20)

1916        Joe Saunders of Nebraska launched the first car hire business when he began lending his ford Model T to traveling salesmen.
    (Econ, 10/9/10, p.91)

1917        Dec 1, Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb. [see Dec 12]
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1917        Dec 12, Father Edward J. Flanagan (31) founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb. A half-dozen boys entered to seek a better life. [see Dec 1]
    (AP, 12/12/97)(MC, 12/12/01)

1919        Jan 16, Nebraska, Wyoming and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify Prohibition, which went into effect a year later. Prohibition became law in the US with the passage of the Volstead Act on Oct 28, which enforced and defined the 18th Amendment. It was passed over President Wilson's veto with the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratification.
    (WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A14)(AP, 1/16/98)

1920        Oct 17, Montgomery Clift, actor (From Here to Eternity), was born in Omaha, Neb.
    (MC, 10/17/01)

1924        Apr 3, Marlon Brando, actor (On the Waterfront, The Godfather), was born in Omaha, Neb.
    (HN, 4/3/01)(MC, 4/3/02)

1925        May 19, Malcolm X, (Malcolm Little) militant black Muslim leader, was born in Omaha, Neb. He spoke of racial pride and black nationalism and was assassinated in 1965. "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
    (AP, 2/21/99)(HN, 5/19/99)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A7)

1928        Aug 31, James Coburn (d.2002), actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), was born in Laurel, Nebraska.
    (YN, 8/31/99)(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A2)

1931        Mar 27, David Janssen (d.1980), later TV star ("Fugitive," "Harry O"), was born as  (David Harold Meyer) in Naponee, Nebraska.

1931        Jul 27, Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1934        Mar 2, Union Pacific tested a light-weight high-speed passenger train in Omaha.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1934        Stephen Edward Epler (1909-1997) invented six-man football at Chester High School in Chester, Nebraska.
    (SFC, 7/25/97, p.A18)

1936        Nov 19, Dick Cavett, talk show host, was born Kearney, Neb.
    (MC, 11/19/01)

1937        Apr 27, Sandy Dennis, actress (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), was born in Nebraska.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1941        The people of the small town of Lemoyne, Nebraska, were told to move ahead of the damming of the Platte River, which created Lake McConaughy. In 2004 a drought left 75% of the lake empty.
    (USAT, 11/5/04, p.8A)

1941        Jan 30, Dick Cheney was born in Lincoln, Neb. He served as chief of staff for Pres. Ford from 1975-1977. He was a US Rep. From 1979-1989 and served as the Sec. of Defense for pres. George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993. From 1995 to 2000 he served as the CEO of Halliburton Corp. and in 2000 was chosen by Gov. George W. Bush as a running mate.
    (WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A28)

1942        Jul 12, Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist (Tashi), was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
    (MC, 7/12/02)

1948        Wright Morris  (d.1998 at 88), author, published his photo-text: “The Home Place," a work of 90 photographs taken at a family member’s farm in rural Nebraska.
    (SFC, 5/1/98, p.D7)

1951        Jul 19, In Omaha a trenching machine sliced through the main transcontinental telephone cable and disrupted coast-to-coast communication.
    (SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.6)

1952        Roman Hruska was elected to the House of Representatives from Omaha.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A17)

1954        Dec, Swanson and Sons introduced the TV Dinner. The turkey, sweet potatoes and peas package was priced at 98 cents and could be cooked in 25 minutes. It was invented by Gerry Thomas (d.2005), a salesman for Nebraska based C.A. Swanson, following an oversupply of turkey from the 1953 Thanksgiving holiday season. Campbell Soup acquired control of Swanson’s in 1955.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.943,952)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.B1)(SFC, 7/21/05, p.B7)

1954        Roman Hruska (d.1999 at 94) resigned his House seat to serve the remaining 4 years of Senator Hugh Butler. Hruska was re-elected in 1958, 1964 and 1970.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A17)

1956        A Univ. of Nebraska researcher proposed that “free radicals" caused aging, indicating that antioxidants may slow the process.
    (WSJ, 10/30/06, p.A11)

1958        Jan 21, Charles Starkweather, 19, killed the mother, stepfather and half-sister of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, at her family's home in Lincoln, Neb. Starkweather, who had also killed a gas station attendant the previous November, and Fugate went on a road trip which resulted in seven more slayings. Starkweather was executed in 1959; Fugate, who maintained she had been Starkweather's hostage, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life; she was paroled in 1976. His slaying spree inspired the 1973 film “Badlands" starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.
    (SFEM, 2/8/98, p.8)(AP, 1/21/08)

1958        Cliff Hillegass (d.2001 at age 83) began publishing Cliffs Notes, condensed studies of literary works, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    (WSJ, 7/5/00, p.B1)(SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A27)

1961-1967    Frank Morrison (d.2004) served as the Democratic governor of Nebraska. He opposed the war in Vietnam and capital punishment.
    (SFC, 4/20/04, p.B7)

1965        May 10, Warren Buffett of Omaha, Nebraska, took control of Berkshire-Hathaway, a New England textile company that closed at $18 per share. Buffet later closed down the company and called it his dumbest stock. The name was retained and in 2006 shares of Berkshire-Hathaway passed $100,000 per share. By 2014 BH owned over 80 companies.
    (WSJ, 10/24/06, p.C1)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.73)

1966        Jul 5, National Guard was mobilized in Omaha after a 3rd night of rioting.
    (MC, 7/5/02)

1967        Nebraska stopped offering final salary pensions to new hires.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.9)
1967        The Becton Dickinson plant in Holdredge, Nebraska, began manufacturing insulin syringes.
    (BD Calendar, 7/97)
1967        Stanley Milgram, American social scientist, conducted an experiment in Omaha, Nebraska, that showed there were but six degrees of separation between any two people there. In 2011 a Facebook analysis found that on average 4.7 hops could link any two people on the social networking site via mutual friends.
    (Economist, 9/1/12, TQ p.8)

1969        Feb 25, In Vietnam Navy Lt. Bob Kerry (25) took part in a SEAL raid in the Mekong Delta where over a dozen women, children and old men were killed in the village of Thanh Phong. Kerry received a Bronze Star for the raid and later strongly regretted his actions. Soon after the raid Kerry lost a leg at Hon Tam Island and was later awarded a Congressional medal of Honor. In 2001 Kerry, former Gov. and Senator from Nebraska, made public his participation in the raid. In 2001 Bui Thi Luom of Thanh Phong, the only survivor from her hut of 16, said 20 people were killed "Only civilians, women and children." Kerry described the event in his 2002 memoir "When I Was a Young Man." In 2002 Gregory L. Vistica authored: "The Education of Lieutenant Kerry."
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/27/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A12)(SFC, 6/1/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/23/03, p.D14)

1970        Jim Exon was elected governor of Nebraska. He served 2 terms and was then elected to the US Senate.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.B4)

1972        Exxon Corp. was registered in Nebraska after it paid an undisclosed amount to Gov. Exon in order get a license.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.B4)

1975        May 6, A tornado swept through Omaha, Nebraska, along 72nd St. the site of many motels on a weekday noon. All sorts of folks had to explain just how they wound up in a state of dishabille in a roofless motel room.
    (www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/archive/may1975/may675.php)(Nat. Hist., 3/96, p.65)

1978        Jim Exon (1922-2005), former Nebraska governor, was elected to the US Senate. He served through 1996.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.B4)

1985        Sep 12, In Nebraska Michael Ryan (1948-2015), a cult leader, was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1984 torture and killing of James Thimm (26) and in the 1982 beating death of Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of a cult member. Ryan's son, Dennis Ryan, and cult member Timothy Haverkamp were sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder in Thimm's death.
    (http://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/ryan-michael-wayne.htm)(AP, 5/25/15)

1993        Dec 24, In Nebraska Brandon Teena (21), a female (born as Teena Brandon) passing as a male, was raped and beaten by John Lotter and Tom Nissen. A week later they shot and killed Teena for pressing charges. In 1996 the book "All She Wanted" was based on Brandon. The 1997 novel ""The Illusionist" was also based on Brandon. A 1999 documentary film, "The Brandon Teena Story," was made by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. Kimberly Pierce made her 1999 film "Boys Don't Cry" based on Brandon Teena. In 2001 the state supreme Court ruled that the sheriff was negligent in protecting Brandon and awarded her family $80,000 plus damages for emotional suffering.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.D3)(SFC, 10/20/99, p.D1)(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A3)

1994        The Winnebago nation gave Lance Morgan $9.7 million from its Iowa casino to start a new venture. Morgan formed Nebraska-based Ho-Chunk Inc.
    (Econ, 4/5/08, p.71)

1996        In Nebraska Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz ruled that membership in Call To Action and 10 other organizations was "perilous to the Catholic faith and most often is totally incompatible with the Catholic faith." Other groups cited include the abortion-rights groups Planned Parenthood and Catholics for a Free Choice, the Hemlock Society, which supports physician-assisted suicide, and several Masonic organizations. In 2006 a Vatican official upheld the mass excommunication in the Lincoln Diocese.
    (AP, 12/9/06)

1997        Rev. Jimmy Creech, a United Methodist pastor, performed a union ceremony for a lesbian couple in Omaha. Creech was defrocked in 1999 for marrying 2 men in North Carolina in violation of Church law.
    (SFC, 11/18/99, p.A6)

1997        In Nebraska a state trooper pulled over William Arthur Kirkpatrick for doing 7 mph over the limit and found evidence of bank robbery and $1.8 million in cash. Kirkpatrick and his partner Ray Lewis Bowman were tried in 1998. The FBI suspected them for some 28 robberies that netted $8 million dating back to 1982.
    (SFC, 11/4/98, p.C18)

1998        Sep 2, The Univ. of Nebraska promised to return the bones of 1,702 Indians to tribes for reburial. It also agreed to build a memorial on a campus field where bones were burned over 30 years ago in an incinerator used to dispose diseased animal parts.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A10)

1999        Mar 16, The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.
    (AP, 3/16/00)

1999        Mar 17, In Nebraska a large prairie fire around Thedford burned tens of thousands of acres and killed one volunteer firefighter.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A2)

1999        Apr 26, Roman Hruska, former US Senator (1954-1976), died at age 94.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A17)

1999        May 20, The Legislature passed a measure to impose a 2-year moratorium on the death penalty 27-21. Gov. Mike Johanns (R) was expected to veto it and did.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A10)(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A4)

2000        Jan 24, Ralph Quador, a disliked rich rancher in Taylor, was found shot to death. His money was suspected to have been siphoned from the steel business of A.H. Voss in Northern California. His murder remained unsolved in 2001.
    (WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A1)

2000        Jul 16, The Great Platte River Road Archway over I-80 was dedicated near Kearney. It was here that the pioneer Oregon, Mormon and California trails converged to form the Great Platte River Road.
    (SFEC, 7/23/00, p.T3)

2000        Jul 19, George Bibins (35), an African American suspected of car stealing, was shot and killed by Jerad Kruse, (31) a white police officer, following a high speed chase. Kruse was charged with manslaughter on July 26.
    (SFC, 7/27/00, p.A5)

2000        Nov 5, In Scottsbluff 15 Burlington Northern Santa Fe train cars derailed and spilled some 80,000 gallons of benzene. 15,000 residents were ordered to evacuate the area.
    (SFC, 11/6/00, p.A3)

2000        Some 70% of Nebraska voters approved an amendment limiting the state-recognized institution of marriage to heterosexual couples.
    (AP, 7/14/06)

2001        Jan 2, Former state governor and Sen. Bob Kerrey (1992-2000) began working as president of the New School in NYC.
    (SFC, 1/2/01, p.B2)

2001        Oct 10, Tornadoes hit the US plains and caused heavy damage in Oklahoma and Nebraska.
    (SFC, 10/11/01, p.C16)

2001        Oct 13, In Nebraska a school bus carrying a high school band in Douglas County overturned and 3 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A17)

2002        May 4, Five pipe bombs were found in rural Nebraska mailboxes.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A6)

2002        May 6, Two mailbox pipe bombs were found in Colorado and another one in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A3)

2002        May 22, Dust bowl conditions, the worst since the 1930s, caused a 10-vehicle pileup that killed 2 men.
    (WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 18, It was reported that drought in western US states was causing the biggest grasshopper invasion in 50 years. Nebraska was among the hardest hit.
    (SFC, 7/18/02, p.A2)

2002        Sep 26, In Norfolk, Nebraska, 3 men shot and killed 4 bank employees and a customer at a US Bank branch. Jose Sandoval, Jorge Galindo and Erick Fernando Vela were arrested after a few hours 75 miles away. A 4th suspect was arrested later. 3 were convicted of first-degree murder while a fourth pleaded guilty.
    (SFC, 9/27/02, p.A4)(AP, 9/26/07)

2003        Nov 5, President Bush signed a bill outlawing the procedure known by its critics as ''partial-birth abortion.'' Less than an hour later, a federal judge in Nebraska issued a temporary restraining order against the ban. In 2007 the US Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
    (WSJ, 11/6/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/5/08)

2004        May 11, A drought in western Nebraska continued and threatened the fishery at Lake McConaughy.
    (USAT, 5/11/04, p.10A)

2004        Aug 12, Ted Kooser of Lincoln, Nebraska, replaced Louise Gluck as US poet laureate.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.E20)

2005        May 12, A US federal judge struck down a Nebraska gay-marriage ban that barred benefit sharing and same-sex foster parents.
    (WSJ, 5/13/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 10, Jim Exon (83), former governor of Nebraska (1971-1979) and US Senator (1979-1996), died.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.B4)

2005        Aug 16, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman secured a deal for his state to export $17 million in agricultural goods to communist Cuba. The first US shipment of great northern beans to the island since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.
    (AP, 8/16/05)

2005        Nebraska gave all its ex-prisoners the right to vote.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.23)

2006        Feb 18, Eight workers at a meat processing plant in Nebraska won a record $365 million Powerball jackpot.
    (AP, 2/18/07)

2006        Feb 22, In Lincoln, Nebraska, 8 workers at a meat processing plant claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot.
    (AP, 2/22/06)

2006        Apr 19, Cuba agreed to buy another $30 million in food from Nebraska, strengthening trade relations with the US farm state already selling corn, wheat, soybeans and other products to the communist island.
    (AP, 4/19/06)

2006        Jul 14, A US federal appeals court reversed a ruling that struck down Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban, which was approved by voters in 2000.
    (AP, 7/14/06)

2007        Nov 19, California Sec. of State Debra Bowen sued Election Systems and Software, a Nebraska voting machine company, for allegedly selling nearly 1,000 uncertified machines to San Francisco and 4 other counties. Bowen sought reimbursements of nearly $15 million.
    (SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)

2007        Dec 5, In Omaha, Nebraska, Robert A. Hawkins (19) sprayed the third floor of the Von Maur department store in Westroads Mall with gunfire. When the shooting was over, Hawkins killed himself. His victims included six store employees and two customers. An autopsy report later indicated that only some Valium in his  system.
    (AP, 12/6/07)(SFC, 1/2/08, p.A3)

2008        Feb 8, The Nebraska Supreme Court declared the electric chair unconstitutional.
    (Econ, 2/16/08, p.39)

2008        Feb 9, Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a narrow win in Louisiana.
    (AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 2/10/08, p.A1)

2008        Jul 18, Nebraska’s new safe-haven law went into effect allowing parents to abandon unwanted children, under age 19, at state-licensed hospitals with no questions asked. The law was later amended after parents and guardians, some from out of state, dropped off children as old as 17.
    (SFC, 8/23/08, p.A4)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.A3)

2008        Aug 8, Nebraska Beef, an Omaha meat packer, recalled 1.2 million pounds of beef after products were linked to illnesses in 12 states. In July the company had recalled over 5 million pounds of beef due to an outbreak of E. coli in 7 states.
    (SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A4)

2008        Sep 19, In Nebraska at least 86 workers were fired at the JBS Swift & Co. Grand Island meat packing plant after they walked off their jobs amid a dispute over Ramadan prayers.
    (SFC, 9/20/08, p.A4)

2008        Sep 29, Kelsey Peterson (26), a former 6th grade math teacher in Nebraska, was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy student beginning in Nov, 2006. In 2009 Peterson was sentenced to 8-10 years after pleading guilty to 2 state counts of 1st-degree sexual assault of a minor.
    (SFC, 10/2/08, p.A6)(SFC, 4/24/09, p.A5)

2008        Oct 20, Nebraska’s Gov. Dave Heineman and state lawmakers agreed to amend the new safe-haven law so as to protect only parents of new-born children from prosecution.
    (SFC, 10/21/08, p.A3)

2008        Nov 4, President-elect Barack Obama won one of Nebraska's electoral votes, the first time in history that the state has split its votes and the first time in 44 years that it had given a vote to a Democrat. The result was not known until Nov 14. Nebraska voters did away with racial preferences.
    (AP, 11/15/08)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.37)

2008        Nov 21, The Nebraska Legislature voted 43-5 to make abandonment of children legal only for infants up to 30 days old. Gov. Dave Heinemen signed the emergency bill effective after midnight.
    (SFC, 11/22/08, p.A2)

2009        May 20, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heinemen signed a bill to prevent registered sex offenders from using social networking sites such as Facebook.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.A4)

2009        May 28, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill to change the state’s method of execution from electrocution to lethal injection. In February the state Supreme Court ruled the electric chair was unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/29/09, p.A4)

2009        Jun 17, The number of Nebraska cattle herds quarantined because of bovine tuberculosis concerns jumped to 42 and Colorado and South Dakota were warned the disease may have already spread there.
    (AP, 6/17/09)

2009        Dec 19, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska agreed to provide the 60th and deciding vote for sweeping health care legislation in the Senate, capping a year of struggle and a final burst of deadline bargaining on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
    (AP, 12/19/09)

2010        Apr 12, Nebraska Republican Gov. Dave Heineman signed into law a bill requiring doctors to screen women for possible mental and physical problems before performing abortions and a 2nd law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain.
    (SFC, 4/13/10, p.A4)

2010        May 24, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Nebraska was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his role in a cyber attack on the Church of Scientology.
    (SFC, 5/25/10, p.A4)

2011        Jan 5, In Nebraska Robert Butler Jr. (17) opened fire at Millard South High School in Omaha wounding his principal and killing the vice-principal before killing himself.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.A4)

2011        Jan 15, Nebraska's Teresa Scanlan (17) was named Miss America becoming the youngest winner ever in the pageant's history after a night of being judged for poise, talent, fitness and knowledge.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)

2011        Aug 31, Nebraska governor Dave Heineman urged Pres. Obama's administration to deny a key permit for TransCanada's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas on the grounds that the line could put the Ogallala Aquifer at risk.
    (AP, 8/31/11)

2011        Nov 16, The Nebraska legislature voted 45-0 to advance a proposed law that would reroute the $7 billion TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, avoiding the SandHills and Ogallala aquifer that environmental groups and many residents fear could be polluted by a spill.
    (Reuters, 11/16/11)

2012        Jan 18, The Obama Administration rejected the Keystone oil pipeline because there was not enough time to review an alternate route that would avoid a sensitive aquifer in Nebraska within a 60-day window set by Congress. Republicans decried the move for sacrificing jobs and energy security in order to shore up the president's environmental base before elections. TransCanada quickly said it would re-apply for the permit, which it first sought in 2008.
    (Reuters, 1/19/12)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region. About 75 tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)

2012        Aug 6, Thousands of fish were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster, making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the Missouri River.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

2013        Jan 22, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.
    (SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)

2013        Feb 2, Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned abruptly in a scandal involving thousands of calls to four women on his state-issued cellphone, including one woman who said she had a romantic relationship with the politician.
    (AP, 2/2/13)

2013        Apr 11, A spring storm left 3 people dead in the Midwest US. One person died following a tornado in Kemper County, Mississippi, and another in blinding snow in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A7)(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 15, The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee of Omaha, who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the 1977 shooting of retired police captain John Schweer.
    (SFC, 10/16/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)

2013        Dec 11, A $122 million Powerball lottery draw went to two winners, a couple in Nebraska and a couple in Massachusetts.
    (SFC, 1/3/14, p.A6)

2014        Jan 8, Omaha police said an African-American toddler, who was cursed at buy adults and encouraged to curse in return in a posted video, has been placed in protective custody. Three other children were also removed from the same home.
    (SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)

2014        Jan 15, In Nebraska a Payton Benson (5) was killed in Omaha after being hit by a stray bullet while eating breakfast. 4 men later faced charges in the death of the girl.
    (SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)

2014        Jan 20, In Nebraska there was an explosion at the Int’l. Nutrition building in Omaha. At least two people were killed and 10 others injured at the animal feed processing plant.
    (SFC, 1/21/14, p.A7)

2014        Feb 11, Voters in Fremont, Nebraska, decided to keep an ordnance that requires renters to get a $5 permit and swear they have legal permission to live in the US.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A14)

2014        Feb 19, A Nebraska judge struck down a 2011 law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state.
    (SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)

2014        Apr 10, In Fremont, Nebraska, a city ordinance took effect requiring renters to purchase a $5 permit from the city and swear that they have permission to live in the US legally. In May the US Supreme Court decided not to review the ordinance adopted in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A8)

2014        Jun 16, Pilger, Nebraska, home to about 350 people, took a direct hit from one of an estimated four tornadoes that the US National Weather Service tracked across the northeast part of the state. The tornadoes left at least two people dead. More than half of the town was destroyed.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A12)

2014        Nov 4, Nebraska approved an increse in the minimum wage from $7.25 and hour to $9.00 an hour.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)

2014        Nov 15, Dr. Martin Salia (44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, arrived at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment.
    (SFC, 11/16/14, p.A8)

2014        Nov 17, Dr. Martin Salia (44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, died at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha..
    (SFC, 11/18/14, p.A6)

2015        Feb 23, In Nebraska officer Lugod shot Danny Elrod (39) in the back in a confrontation minutes after Elrod allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store in Omaha. In early March a grand jury cleared Lugod. On March 24 the Omaha Police Dept. announced that Lugod has resigned.
    (Reuters, 3/24/15)

2015        May 7, Residents of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and northern Texas cleaned up after overnight storms spawned 51 tornadoes that left at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A8)

2015        May 20, In Omaha, Nebraska, Marcus Wheeler (26) opened fire on officers who were trying to arrest him for a previous shooting, prompting police to return gunfire in a shootout that left Officer Kerrie Orozco (29) and the suspect dead.
    (AP, 5/21/15)

2015        May 27, Nebraska’s lawmakers abolished the state’s death penalty. Their 30-19 vote overrode the previous days veto by Gov. Ricketts.
    (SFC, 5/28/15, p.A5)

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