1865
On Dec. 3rd, the first African Americans ever appointed to a jury were assigned to the treason trial of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. 
1873
The Otoe Indian chiefs, living on the reservation in the eastern part of Jefferson County, started for Washington D.C. to see about selling the reservation and getting one farther away, as it was getting too far to go to hunt buffalo.
1893
A new law went into effect making it unlawful to shoot quail in Nebraska. 
1896
Fifteen Republicans applied for the job of courthouse janitor. The job paid $25.65 a month. That is with no deductions for Social Security.
1904
Traveling companies were showing moving pictures in Fairbury on Saturday afternoons and evenings. “Uncle Tom's Cabin” and “Happy Hooligan” were among the early-day films.
1914
The German side of issues during World War I were outlined in letters to The Fairbury Journal from residents of Germany.  
1926
Louise Long from Central City, daughter of “Brother” Long, a former clerk in the Uhley & Diller clothing store, had a script accepted for a movie in Hollywood. She would eventually write several screenplays, including “”The Green Murder Case,” 1929, a Philo Vance mystery starring William Powell; “Zoo in Budapest,” 1933, starring Loretta Young; and “Woman Trap,” 1929, starring Chester Morris.
1936
A letter from The Fairbury Journal to the Nebraska Department of Roads complained that, whole Highway 3 through Fairbury and No. 15 North were in good condition, No. 15 South was “rough as a washboard,” and advocated a school for highway maintainer operators.
The state WPA director ordered a 50 percent cut in WPA worker rolls, which would affect about 300 workers in Jefferson County.
The City Council refused to pay for uniforms for city firemen.
1942
Henry “Hank” Korte of Fairbury came across a newspaper clipping which informed him that his cousin, Fred Korte, had enlisted in the army air corps, despite the fact that six of his brothers were serving in the Nazi army. Henry also had a son serving in the U.S. armed forces. Marvin Korte served with the Coast Guard at the time, stationed in Philadelphia, PA.
1944
George W. Galbraith of Fairbury was saved from injury on a bombing mission over Chichi Jima, in the Pacific, when shell fragments were stopped by the thick soles of his GI shoes.
Movies playing at the Bonham Theatre were the comedy, “Gildersleeve's Ghost,” and the western, “Tucson Raiders,” starring “Wild” Bill Elliott as Red Ryder and George “Gabby” Hayes.”
1955
Movies playing at the Bonham Theatre were “The Phenix City Story,” based on the true news story of a murder, and “Las Vegas Shakedown,” starring Dennis O'Keefe.
1956
The Fairbury Hotel was sold at a sheriff's sale to Fred Hoerner of Bolder, Colo., for $5,750. It had not been in operation for some time.
1963
In the Thursday, Dec. 5 edition of The Fairbury Journal-News, editor L. K. Cramb wrote an editorial on the recent assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in which he said, “The lowest form of argument for or against any cause is hate and violence.”
1965
Packages destined for U.S. servicemen in Vietnam were piled high before loading for shipment to Offutt Air Force Base. From there, they were flown to the East as part of “operation Christmas Star.” Local sponsor was the Sertoma Club.
1974
The Southeast Community College-Fairbury presented three one-act plays, directed by Mrs. Deloris Henney. The program began with excerpts from “Thurber's Carnival,” a revue of scenes depicting American life, from the writings of James Thurber. The following plays were, “Mooney's Kids Don't Cry,” and “Lemonade.”
1979
Randy A. Grosse, editor of The Fairbury Journal-News, was elected president of the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Richard Meyer.
Martha J. Troxel, senior at Fairbury High School, was awarded the County Officials Scholarship for Jefferson County.
1980
Arthur T. Stoker lost the draw when Washington County, Kan., commissioners used that means to an election tie vote for Mill Creek Township clerk. However, winner Ronald Wurtz declined the job, so the board appointed Stoker.
Southeast Community College-Fairbury presented the play, “Summertree,” by Ron Cowan. It is the story of the 1960's and the Vietnam War. The original Broadway version of the play in 1967, Michael Douglas has been cast in the lead but he was fired and replaced with David Birney. Douglas' father, Kirk Douglas, bought the movie rights to the play and cast Michael in the same role he had lost.
Changes were made to the format of The Fairbury Journal-News. The number of columns were changed fro eight to six. The size of the paper was changed to a newsprint which was the same length but smaller in width.
1983
Mike Rozier of Nebraska received the 49th Heisman Trophy Award. 
1988
The book, “The Oregon Trail Revisited,” by Gregory M. Franzwa, was published. A profile of the author and his book appeared in the Tuesday, Dec. 6 edition of The Fairbury Journal-News.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Economic Research Service reported that agricultural exports were up 27 percent.
The movie playing at the Bonham Theatre was “Iron Eagle II,” starring Louis Gossett, Jr. 
1993
The Little Blue Natural Resources District's Groundwater Control Area was declared dissolved following a 10-hour public hearing in Davenport. 
1994
At a Democratic banquet held in Daykin, a tie made by local woodworker Arnold Ruhnke of Plymouth was purchased by Senator Bob Kerrey for $35.
2004
Fairbury Chief of Police Rick Carmichael and City Clerk Becky Corbin were both handed their walking papers by newly elected Mayor Gene Mueller during his first meeting as the city's leader.
According to an editorial by The Fairbury Journal-News publisher Fred Arnold, it was the first time in nearly 15 years that he was unable to get a photo of the new City Council Members and the new Mayor at the swearing in ceremony. He reported that normally there are few people in attendance at the swearing in but, that year, controversy resulted in very large crowds and he couldn't get close enough for a shot. He estimated the size of the crowd at nearly 100.
2006
Blue Valley Crisis Intervention changed its name to Hope Crisis Center.