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This week month in
Husker history

We are breaking from convention and covering all of August as we look back in five-year intervals
 
1914: Summer conditioning consists of farm work for most of Jumbo Stiehm's Cornhuskers. | Full story
 
1919: NU officially withdraws from the Missouri Valley Conference, beginning two seasons as an independent.
 
1929: How did Nebraska football end up in the August issue of Popular Mechanics? It was because of assistant coach B.F. Oakes and his “Biff’em machine,” a predecessor of the blocking sled.
 
1934: Coach Dana X. Bible faces a rebuilding project as his Huskers seek a fourth consecutive Big Six title.
  1949 Memorial Stadium press box readied for TV broadcasts Sun, Aug 28, 1949 – 21 · The Nebraska State Journal · Newspapers.com
1949: As commercial television dawns in eastern Nebraska, the Memorial Stadium press box is readied for telecasts of the Huskers' home football games by Omaha station WOW-TV. (The station would also televise the Huskers' 1950 home games, but the practice would be halted in 1951.)
 
1959: Rookie Tom Osborne tries to stick with the NFL's 49ers.
 
1969: Former Husker Paul Critchlow suffers severe leg injuries from an enemy grenade in Vietnam. (He would revisit the scene of the Aug. 19 incident 31 years later.)
 
«1979: Former Nebraska backup quarterback Ed Burns enjoys some preseason success with the New Orleans Saints.
 
1984: The Huskers have some big shoes to fill on offense, but Tom Osborne says he is not concerned.
 
1989: Tom Osborne expresses surprise at the Huskers' No. 3 preseason ranking.
 
1994: Hopes are high heading into the season, and a 31-0 win over West Virginia gets things rolling.
 
1999: Frank Solich's Huskers are pegged for a return to the top 10.
 
2004: Change is in the air as Bill Callahan's first Husker team prepares for its opener.
 
2009: Junior I-back Quentin Castille, the Huskers’ leading rusher in the Gator Bowl win over Clemson, is dismissed from the team.
 
2014: The offense rolls to the tune of 35 first downs and 784 yards of total offense in a 55-7 romp over Florida Atlantic in the season opener. Also, Fran Nagle, Nebraska quarterback in 1949 and ’50 and a former World War II prisoner of war, dies at age 90.