Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2019. There are 119 days left in the year.
Sixty years ago: U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, leading Democratic presidential contender, accepted an invitation to address a meeting sponsored by the governmental affairs committee of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. Kennedy also agreed to speak in Scottsbluff in mid-October.
Fifty years ago: Blue Hill reported 6 inches of rain and heavy downpours in Hastings flooded part of the city. Southern Hills Country Club was under water as a result of the flooding along 32-Mile Creek. The rain brought the total for the year to date to 30.89 inches.
Forty years ago: Ray Brown, a former police chief at Fairfield, Sutton and Clay Center, was named police chief in Glenvil. Brown was a custodian at the Clay County Courthouse at the time of his hiring.
Thirty years ago: About 400 people jammed into the non-air conditioned Nelson City Auditorium for a meeting of the Nuckolls County Low-Level Radioactive Waste Monitoring Committee.
Twenty years ago: Christopher Scott Decker, 24, of Clay Center pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Adams County District Court in connection with the July 10 stabbing death of Kenneth Skidmore, 46, of Hastings.
Ten years ago: Students at Hastings College got their first look at the $12.4 million Morrison-Reeves Science Center building, which replaced the Steinhart Hall of Science built in 1956.
One year ago: Hastings resident Harriett McFeely, who had hosted two previous Bigfoot conferences in Hastings, was planning to open a museum displaying her collection of Bigfoot artifacts and memorabilia on her property at 1205 E. 42nd Street, off U.S. Highway 281.
Highlight in history
On Sept. 3, 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with the Allies.
Today in Nebraska
In 1855, Army troops attacked a Brule Sioux village along Bluewater Creek in present-day Garden County, killing 86 American Indians and capturing about 70 others in the Battle of Ash Hollow.
In 1872, the Burlington & Missouri railroad linked with the Union Pacific railroad at Kearney Junction near modern-day Kearney.
Actress Pauline Collins is 79. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 77. Actress Valerie Perrine is 76. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 71. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 64. Actor Steve Schirripa is 62. Actor Holt McCallany is 55. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 54. Actor Costas Mandylor is 54. Actor Charlie Sheen is 54. Singer Jennifer Paige is 46. Dance-rock musician Redfoo is 44. Actress Ashley Jones is 43. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 41. Actor Joel Johnstone is 41. Actor Nick Wechsler is 41. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 40. Bluegrass musician Darren Nicholson (Balsam Range) is 36. Actress Christine Woods is 36. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 35. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 33. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 27.
Number of the day
4,435 — U.S. service members killed in battle during the Revolutionary War, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sources: The Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. and World Almanac Education Group