Today in Indiana History

Cities in Indiana: Fort Wayne - Indianapolis

Historical Events

Events 1 - 41 of 41

1800-05-07 - Indiana Territory organized
1816-12-11 - Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
1825-01-03 - Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community
1844-01-15 - University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana
1851-11-09 - Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape.
1863-07-09 - R Morgan's: Indiana [->JUL 13]
1865-05-13 - Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
1870-01-27 - 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)
1873-10-08 - 1st women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
1874-03-10 - Purdue University (Indiana) admits its 1st student
1883-06-02 - 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
1892-01-11 - William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia
1905-08-06 - 26.7 cm rainfall at Princeton, Indiana (state record)
1905-11-23 - Henry Watson Furness, an Indiana physican, named minister of Haiti
1907-03-09 - 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana
1911-05-15 - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
1925-03-31 - WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)
1929-07-04 - AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
1929-07-05 - WOWO-AM, Indiana returns to air, 1 day after transmitter burns down
1930-08-07 - A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion Indiana
1936-07-14 - 116°F (47°C), Collegeville, Indiana (state record)
1938-12-31 - Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana
1949-11-11 - WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
1951-02-02 - -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
1954-12-17 - 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
1963-10-31 - Leaking propane gas explodes kills 64 at 'Holiday on Ice' (Indiana)
1964-02-01 - Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
1967-11-07 - Richard G Hatcher elected mayor of Gary Indiana
1968-04-06 - In Richmond, Indiana's downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.
1968-07-27 - Race Riot in Gary Indiana
1969-09-09 - Allegheny 853 collides with Piper Cherokee above Indiana, kills 82
1972-03-10 - 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
1979-03-26 - Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
1986-01-21 - 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
1988-04-22 - Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
1991-07-21 - Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson 1992-02-10 - Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
1994-01-19 - -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)
1994-10-31 - American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed
2005-11-06 - The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.
2012-03-02 - Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 59 of 59

1886-12-01 - Rex Stout, Noblesville Indiana, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels)
1891-06-09 - Cole Porter, Indiana, composer/lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
1899-07-01 - Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr, fictional character "Indiana Jones"
1899-07-25 - Ralph Dumke, Indiana, actor (Movieland Quiz)
1902-03-09 - Will Geer, Frankfort Indiana, American actor (Grandpa Walton-The Waltons)
1902-06-07 - Herman B Wells, president and chancellor of Indiana University (d. 2000)
1903-01-20 - Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
1906-05-08 - David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
1914-04-23 - John Hubbard, Indiana Harbor Indiana, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie)
1923-10-23 - Ned Rorem, Richmond Indiana, composer/author (Sky Music)
1929-06-13 - Ralph McQuarrie, Gary, Indiana, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), (d. 2012)
1932-10-19 - Lloyd Haynes, South Bend Indiana, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222)
1937-09-06 - Jo Anne Worley, Lowell Indiana, comedienne (Laugh-in)
1939-06-12 - Francis X McCloskey, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1983- )
1940-10-25 - Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic-gold-1984)
1941-07-18 - Lonnie Mack, Aurora Indiana, rocker (Baby What's Wrong)
1941-08-14 - Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
Actor Harrison FordActor Harrison Ford (1942-07-13) 1942-07-13 - Harrison Ford, Chicago Illinois, actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)
1942-07-15 - Philip R Sharp, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1975- )
1944-05-14 - George Lucas, Modesto CA, director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones)
1945-07-28 - Jim Davis, Marion Indiana, cartoonist (Garfield)
1946-03-05 - Michael Warren, Indiana, actor (Bobby Hill-Hill Street Blues)
1949-08-13 - Peter J Visclosky, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- )
1949-08-23 - Shelley Long, Fort Wayne Indiana, actress (Diane-Cheers, Money Pit)
1950-05-29 - Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer (R U Tuff Enuff)
1951-10-07 - John Cougar Mellencamp, Seymour Indiana, rocker (Jack & Diane)
Garfield Cartoonist Jim DavisGarfield Cartoonist Jim Davis (1945-07-28) 1952-07-15 - Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
1953-09-29 - Drake Hogestyn, Ft Wayne Indiana, actor (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
1953-12-06 - Kin Shriner, Indiana, actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals)
1953-12-06 - Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)
1954-10-10 - David Lee Roth, Bloomington Indiana, rock singer (Van Halen-Jump)
1954-12-11 - Jermaine Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer (Jackson 5-ABC)
1954-12-25 - Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
1956-10-08 - Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
Van Halen Rocker David Lee RothVan Halen Rocker David Lee Roth (1954-10-10) 1956-10-30 - Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
1956-12-09 - Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)
1958-08-29 - Michael Jackson, Gary Indiana, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), (d. 2009)
1958-11-26 - Steve Buyer, (Rep-R-Indiana)
1961-04-20 - Don "Hitman" Mattingly, Evansville, Indiana, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
1962-03-09 - Brian Green, Columbus Indiana, actor (Sam Fowler-Another World)
1964-06-23 - Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
1965-10-11 - Sean Patrick Flanery, actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder)
1966-05-16 - Janet Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer, Michael's sister (Control)
Singer Janet JacksonSinger Janet Jackson (1966-05-16) 1967-05-31 - Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
1968-11-15 - Brenda Alyce Bassett, Kokomo Indiana, Miss Indiana-America (1991)
1970-10-18 - Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
1971-07-20 - William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
1971-11-03 - Tricia Carolyn Nosko, Miss USA-Indiana (1997)
1972-02-18 - Shani Lynn Nielsen, New Albany IN, Miss America (Indiana-Top 10-1997)
1973-01-30 - Holly Noelle Roehl, Miss Indiana USA (1996)
1974-06-20 - Jami Ferrell, Munncie Indiana, playmate (Jan 1997)
1975-03-03 - Albert Fields, Gary Indiana, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
1976-05-30 - Omri Hairi Katz, Los Angeles California, actor (Marshall Teller-Eerie Indiana)
1977-12-14 - Tisha Dabber, Shelbyville Indiana, actress (New Mickey Mouse Club)
1978-06-05 - Misha Ivetich, Miss Indiana Teen USA (1996)
1978-07-20 - Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
1980-08-20 - Corey Carrier, actor (Young Indiana Jones)
1982-06-09 - Amber Yoder, Miss Indiana Teen USA (1997)
1990-07-27 - Indiana Evans, Australian actress

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

1992-09-05 - Rock singer John Mellencamp (40) weds model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (23) in Indiana
Actress Julia RobertsActress Julia Roberts (1993-06-27) 1993-06-27 - Actress Julia Roberts (25) weds country singer Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 6 of 6

1845-03-18 - John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], American pioneer agronomist dies in Allen County Indiana
1876-06-08 - George Sand, French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
1886-08-22 - Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
1997-11-20 - Gary Burris, murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana
2003-09-13 - Frank O'Bannon, Governor of Indiana (b. 1930)
2007-12-15 - Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)


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