Today in Indiana History

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1859-08-17 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette, Indiana
  • 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 First 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1933-10-23 John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000

Gangster John Dillinger
John Dillinger
  • 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)
  • 1974-12-09 Johnson Grigsby freed after 66 years in jail in 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

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1992-02-10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 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

  • 1815-07-30 Thomas Jackson Rodman, Salem Indiana, Bvt Brigadier General (Union volunteers) was an American military inventor of the rodman gun and perforated-cake gunpowder
  • 1846-05-22 Oliver Perry Hay, Saluda Indiana, American Paleontologist
  • 1855-11-05 Eugene V. Debs, Terre Haute, Indiana, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (d. 1926)

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1867-04-16 Wilbur Wright, Millville Indiana, American aviator (Wright Brothers)

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Wilbur Wright
  • 1875-11-11 Vesto Slipher, Mulberry Indiana, American Astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory
  • 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)
  • 1904-06-24 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], Linton, Indiana, American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood)
  • 1906-05-08 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)

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1908-05-20 Jimmy Stewart [James], Indiana Pennsylvania, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life)

  • 1908-10-06 Carol Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1914-04-23 John Hubbard, Indiana Harbor Indiana, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie)
  • 1918-01-26 Philip José Farmer, Terre Haute Indiana, American science fiction novelist (Riverworld)
  • 1920-12-28 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • 1923-10-23 Ned Rorem, Richmond Indiana, composer/author (Sky Music)

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1924-04-04 Gil Hodges, Princeton Indiana, baseball player/manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1929-06-13 Ralph McQuarrie, conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)

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1931-05-13 Jim Jones, Randolph County Indiana, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre)

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • 1932-10-19 Lloyd Haynes, South Bend Indiana, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222)
  • 1937-06-11 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], South Bend, Indiana, American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II)
  • 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)

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1942-07-13 Harrison Ford, actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1942-07-15 Philip R Sharp, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1975- )

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1944-05-14 George Lucas, Modesto CA, director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones)

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

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1945-07-28 Jim Davis, Marion Indiana, cartoonist (Garfield)

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis
  • 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, actress (Diane-Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1950-05-29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951-10-07 John Cougar Mellencamp, Seymour Indiana, rocker (Jack & Diane)
  • 1952-07-15 Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • 1953-09-29 Drake Hogestyn, Ft Wayne Indiana, actor (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • 1953-11-03 Kate Capshaw [Nail], Fort Worth, Texas, American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
  • 1953-12-06 Kin Shriner, Indiana, actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals)
  • 1953-12-06 Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)

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1954-10-10 David Lee Roth, Bloomington Indiana, rock singer (Van Halen-Jump)

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1954-12-11 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1954-12-25 Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
  • 1955-06-15 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956-05-29 LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956-10-08 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • 1956-10-08 Larry Crane, Seymour, Indiana, American rocker (John Mellencamp band)
  • 1956-10-30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • 1956-12-09 Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)

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1958-08-29 Michael Jackson, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 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)
  • 1965-08-11 Embeth Davidtz, Lafayette, Indiana, American actress (Bicentennial Man, Schindler's List)
  • 1965-10-11 Sean Patrick Flanery, actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder)

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1966-05-16 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana

  • 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)
  • 1972-07-12 Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 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, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1976-05-30 Omri Hairi Katz, actor (Marshall Teller-Eerie Indiana), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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

  • 1992-09-05 Rock singer John Mellencamp (40) weds model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (23) in Indiana

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-06-27 Actress Julia Roberts (25) weds country singer Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts

Famous Deaths

  • 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)