What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
MAYOR GIVES MOONLIGHTING BAN BACKING
May 7, 1962: Despite an opinion by City Attorney Herbert Fitle, Mayor Dwork ordered enforcement of the new ban on policemen and firemen moonlighting outside the city limits. The mayor said that although the policy was not his idea, he agreed with it. “Generally, I’m not in favor of moonlighting,” he said.
1938: A series of blasts at the Spahn Transfer and Storage company garage and warehouse, 1020 N. 21st St., awakened hundreds of Omahans living within a one-mile radius of the building at 1:40 a.m. The blasts, the cause of which was not immediately determined by firemen, were followed by a spectacular burst of flame. No one was in the building at the time. Scores of persons, many of them partially clad, turned out despite the rain to watch the fire.
1988: A revised spending plan for the UNO Fine Arts Education Building, with a nearly 50 percent cost increase, won approval from the NU Board of Regents. The original “need statement” for the University of Nebraska at Omaha project called for $6.72 million for its second phase. The revised statement calls for $9.95 million, including additional classroom space and departmental offices. The first phase was construction of the Strauss Performing Arts Center.
1995: More than 4,000 people were evacuated from various parts of the City Auditorium because of a bomb threat. No bomb was found. Larry Lahaie, public events manager for the City of Omaha, said a male caller telephoned the auditorium box office at 12:30 p.m. and said he had left a bomb that would explode at 1:30 p.m. Lahaie said about 3,000 people were in the building for a craft show, another 1,000 were there for a marketing seminar and several more were getting ready for the University of Nebraska Medical Center graduation ceremony.