This Week In Nebraska History, 11/11/18

November 12, 2018 GMT

1878: Eighteen large haystacks were destroyed by a prairie fire just east of 18th Street. The 16th Street gate and part of the fence on the Capitol grounds were destroyed by another fire.

1888: A new Lincoln bank was organized with S.H. Burnham as manager. The Sheldon Block housed the new institution, capitalized at $100,000. It was to become the First National Bank.

1898: Machinery to develop Lincoln’s Antelope Valley water plant was in place.

1908: City Attorney John M. Stewart filed a brief in federal court upholding the city’s contention that gas should be sold at $1 per 1,000 cubic feet.


1918: Reports on an armistice in World War I caused extensive but premature celebrations in many Nebraska communities. The real armistice wasn’t announced until Nov. 11.

1928: The largest Lancaster County vote in history was expected in the presidential race between Democrat Al Smith and Republican Herbert Hoover.

1938: Candidates speaking at a League of Women Voters rally in Lincoln all favored the merit system of government.

1948: Official announcement was made that a new naval air station for air reserve training was to be established in Lincoln.

1958: Nebraska voters joined the nationwide Democratic landslide, turning out Republican Gov. Victor Anderson in favor of Ralph Brooks of McCook. Democrats Larry Brock of Wakefield and Don McGinley of Ogallala won 1st and 3rd District congressional seats, respectively. Roman Hruska, a Republican, kept his U.S. Senate seat, and Republican Glenn Cunningham of Omaha retained the 2nd Congressional District chair.

1968: Nebraska remained Republican, giving Richard M. Nixon 59 percent of its presidential vote over Democrat Hubert Humphrey.

1978: Fourth-ranked Nebraska ended six years of frustration at the hands of Oklahoma, defeating the top-rated and previously unbeaten Sooners 17-14.

1988: Adweek reported that oat bran, gourmet pet food, preshredded jeans, disposable extended-wear contact lenses and computer security systems were the hot products purchased by consumers in 1988.

1998: The Lincoln Sports Promotion Council announced that indoor professional football was coming to Lincoln in the spring of 1999.