1933 — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District was formed.
1983 — The state closed the Commonwealth Savings Co. of Lincoln. Many customers lost thousands of dollars in deposits.
1886 — Box Butte County was formed from Dawes County.
1909 — Garden County was formed from Deuel County.
1932 — The Public Works Administration approved plans for power by the Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District.
1858 — The Legislature organized Merrick County.
1919 — A special election was held to pick 100 delegates to a state constitutional convention.
1950 — Grover Cleveland Alexander, a pitcher in baseball’s Hall of Fame, died in his hometown of St. Paul, Neb.
1986 — Kay Orr defeated Helen Boosalis in the nation’s first woman-versus-woman gubernatorial election.
1988 — The National Credit Union Administration closed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha.
1947 — Warren Batterson, secretary of the Iowa-Nebraska District of the Communist Party, was expelled from membership in the American Legion.
1869 — Crews began grading in earnest for the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroad.
1888 — Banner and Kimball counties were formed, splitting from Cheyenne County.
1934 — Voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a one-house legislature.
1930 — The Fremont Daily Tribune published an editorial on U.S. Sen. George W. Norris that later won a Pulitzer Prize. The editorial called Norris “the burr Nebraska delights in putting under the Eastern saddle.”
1987 — The Nebraska Cornhuskers racked up a record 666 total yards against Iowa State in football.
1887 — Perkins County, named for Burlington railroad President Charles Perkins, was formed from Keith County.
1891 — Garfield County, named for President James A. Garfield, was formed from Wheeler County.
1935 — Bob Gibson, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, was born in Omaha.
1948 — The Strategic Air Command officially moved its headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.
1946 — A 4-year-old girl became ill suddenly on her way to church and died. She was the 22nd person to die from polio in Omaha that year.
1979 — Omaha businessman and philanthropist A.C. Nelsen died at an Omaha hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89.
1947 — Omaha added a boxcar with 50,000 pounds of flour to a Friendship Food train to aid western Europe. In all, Nebraskans contributed 11 carloads of food.
1962 — Nebraska coach Bob Devaney received a $200,000 insurance policy from Husker football supporters.
1962 — After pedaling a bicycle 1,041 miles, Mark Dustin of Durham, N.C., arrived to see the old town of Dustin in northwest Holt County, but found only a faded sign.
1932 — The Public Works Administration approved funds for Loup River Public Power District construction.
1982 — The Raymond Co-Op Grain Co. elevator exploded, killing five people and injuring two.
1956 — An Air National Guard jet crashed at the Lincoln air base, striking two parked B-47 bombers. Three people were killed and seven people injured.
1860 — Edward Creighton, general agent for Western Union, took a stage coach west from Omaha to make plans to extend the telegraph line from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco.
1867 — The Army established Sidney Barracks, later Fort Sidney, to protect the Union Pacific railroad in western Nebraska.
1936 — Comedian Dick Cavett was born in Gibbon.
2006 — Gov. Dave Heineman orders that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of a slain Marine: Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, who graduated from Lincoln High School. The 21-year-old died Nov. 14 from wounds he suffered in Iraq.
1854 — Gov. Thomas Cuming announced the results of the first territorial census, showing that Nebraska had 2,732 residents.
1955 — Ten people were killed when two cars collided near Waterbury in northeast Nebraska.
1983 — A major winter storm hit Nebraska with more than 12 inches of snow reported on the ground at Harrison and 12 inches at Crawford.
1932 — Two shipments of Nebraska hogs left the state on their way to Cuba for breeding purposes.
1983 — The world premiere of the award-winning movie “Terms of Endearment” was held in Lincoln, where part of the movie was filmed.
1875 — The first plat was filed for the town of Ogallala.
1929 — The Fox Theater, named for movie pioneer William Fox, opened in North Platte.
1884 — The village of Ogallala was incorporated.
1982 — Two state prison inmates — one serving life for murder and the other serving five to 10 years for robbery — became the first convicts in 10 years to compete in Omaha amateur boxing matches.
1932 — In Cheyenne, Wyo., a tri-state conference involving Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming adjourned after it apparently is unable to reach an agreement over allocation of water from the North Platte River.
1983 — A blizzard dumped more than 7 inches of snow on Omaha and forced the temporary closing of a 120-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Ogallala and the Wyoming state line.
1987 — University of Nebraska running back Keith Jones gained 248 yards against Colorado.
1951 — U.S. Sen. Kenneth Wherry died.
1962 — Gov. Frank Morrison signs a proclamation making the legislative reapportionment part of the Nebraska Constitution. The amendment eliminates a provision that population be the sole basis for redistricting the Legislature