Today in Nebraska history for June

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June 1

1871 - The state Senate voted 9-3 to impeach Gov. David Butler for converting state funds to his own use. Butler retired to his farm in Pawnee County, and Secretary of State William H. James filled out the remainder of Butler’s term.

1894 - The three remaining companies of the 21st Infantry left Fort Sidney as the Army abandoned the post.

1898 - The Trans-Mississippi Exposition opened in Omaha.

June 2

1852 - Susan Hail died while traveling the Oregon Trail near Kenesaw. Her husband reportedly returned to St. Joseph, Mo., to buy a tombstone for her grave and brought it back to Nebraska in a wheelbarrow.

1866 - Residents of the Nebraska Territory voted for statehood, 3,938 to 3,838.

1969 - The destroyer USS Frank E. Evans collided in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam with an Australian aircraft carrier, killing 74 Americans. The dead included three brothers from Niobrara, Neb.: Gary, Gregory and Kelly Sage.

June 3

1890 - The Modern Woodmen of America fraternal organization and life insurance association was formed in Omaha.

1933 - The Loup Public Power District, the first public power district in the state, was organized with headquarters in Columbus.

1941 - A nonprofit group formed in Columbus, setting up Agricultural Park.

1980 - A series of tornadoes terrorized Grand Island, killing five people and injuring 200. President Jimmy Carter visited Grand Island a week later to view the damage, which was so devastating that one Omaha insurance company inundated with claims went bankrupt.

June 4

1965 - Duane Pope, who five days before had graduated from McPherson College in Kansas, robbed the Farmers State Bank of Big Springs and killed three bank employees. One wounded employee survived to testify against Pope, who was convicted of the murders.

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