What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
TWO KILLED, ONE HURT AS AIRPLANE CRASHES
April 16, 1934: Two persons were killed and another injured when an airplane crashed north of Fremont near the private airfield of Ed Haynie from which the plane had just taken off. The plane was about 150 feet in the air when it stalled on a turn and dived to the ground. F. H. Dahl, manager of a farm nearby, was the first to reach the crash site. Jack McFadden, Fremont railroad man and owner of the plane, was badly hurt. He was expected to recover.
1965: Winter put the city in a $122,000 hole, a financial report showed. City Finance Director Edwin J. Hewitt said in a memo to the City Council that $768,286 was spent on street and sewer maintenance from January through March. This exceeded the budget by $122,000 and left Maintenance Engineer Gene E. Jordan with only $492,000 in operating funds for the rest of the year. Chuckhole patching and repairs to unpaved streets would have to by financed mainly from the $492,000.
1993: A "handicapped parking posse" of civilian volunteers and security guards would round up vehicles parked illegally in handicapped stalls under a bill advanced by the Nebraska Legislature. Legislative Bill 632, sponsored by State Sens. Dan Lynch of Omaha and Paul Hartnett of Bellevue, was given 25-0 first-round approval. The bill would allow cities to appoint and train volunteers or nonpolice municipal employees to ticket vehicles parked in stalls designated for handicapped people. First-time violators would pay fines of up to $100 for the new offense of "handicapped parking infraction." LB 632 supporters said police don't always have the time to ticket such parking violators. It's very frustrating for the handicapped, they said, when others take the wider, more accessible parking stalls.
2005: The idea of doubling on-campus housing space at the University of Nebraska at Omaha met with a cool reception from NU's other campuses. UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck told NU regents that current campus housing for 1,200 students consistently had a long waiting list. An additional 1,200 beds, she said, would be full from the beginning. Regent Chuck Wilson of Lincoln, who voted against the first dormitory in 1995, was one of two regents who expressed apprehension Friday, asking chancellors from other campuses how they would be affected.