Indianapolis in History

Indiana: Fort Wayne - Gary

Historical Events

  • 1862-11-04 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis
  • 1887-06-28 Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
  • 1894-11-25 Greenback (Independent) Party organizes in Indianapolis
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1900-03-06 After a meeting in Indianapolis, USA, a group forms the Social Democratic Party and nominates Eugene Debs as its candidate for President in the forthcoming election (becomes the Socialist Party in 1901)
  • 1900-03-25 US Socialist Party forms in Indianapolis
  • 1909-08-19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • 1920-05-02 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • 1922-11-12 The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1934-01-15 While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O'Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest.
  • 1935-08-31 1st national skeet championship (Indianapolis)
  • 1936-03-29 10,000 watch the 200-inch mirror blank passing through Indianapolis

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1940-02-02 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1945-07-16 Cruiser Indianapolis leaves SF with atom bomb
  • 1945-07-26 US cruiser Indianapolis reaches Tinian with atom bomb
  • 1945-07-29 After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed & sunk by a Japanese submarine
  • 1945-07-30 Philippines Sea: US cruiser Indianapolis torpedoed/sinks, 880 die
  • 1946-12-21 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show" premieres in Indianapolis
  • 1949-05-30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-01-06 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • 1957-10-30 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-12-09 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • 1970-10-04 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-01-25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1973-09-14 Indianapolis is awarded a WHA franchise
  • 1974-09-15 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens

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1977-06-26 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1985-06-16 Willie Banks of USA sets triple jump record (58 feet 11 inches) in Indianapolis
  • 1987-08-15 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • 1987-10-20 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
  • 1987-11-22 Patriots shutout Indianapolis 24-0
  • 1998-01-30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM

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2007-02-04 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2010-02-07 Super Bowl XLIV; New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829-02-11 William Anderson Pile, American politician, minister, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1889)
  • 1830-09-29 John Parker Hawkins, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1914)
  • 1871-10-20 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1957)
  • 1876-08-05 Mary R Beard, historian (Woman as a Force in History), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1889-11-19 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1890-01-11 Monte Blue, US silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • 1891-09-29 Fabien Sevitzky [Koussevitzky], Russian-American conductor (Indianapolis Symphony), born in Vishny Volotchok, Russia (d. 1967)
  • 1900-08-18 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • 1903-02-05 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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1903-06-22 John Dillinger, Notorious American bank robber, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1934)

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
  • 1904-02-16 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1904-10-07 Chuck Klein,Philadelphia Phillies (43 HRs in 1929), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1906-07-11 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1910-12-02 Robert Paige, actor (Colgate Comedy Hour), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1912-08-24 Durward Kirby, American TV announcer (Garry Moore Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1914-05-30 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1914-07-24 Robert Emhardt, American actor (Another World, Underworld USA, Mooncussers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1994)

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1922-11-11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author (Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)

  • 1925-03-06 Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1931-07-11 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1931-12-21 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1933-02-17 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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1934-07-09 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • 1937-04-03 Sandra Spuzich, LPGA golfer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-04-07 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1939-02-27 Peter Revson, auto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)
  • 1941-07-09 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient), born in Indianapolis (d. 1971)
  • 1942-05-15 Anthony Wayne England, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1947-02-04 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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1947-04-12 David Letterman, comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1950-04-13 Terry Lester, actor (Young & Restless, As World Turns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1950-10-31 Jane Pauley, American newscaster (Today, NBC Weekend), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1956-08-23 David A Wolf, MD/astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1959-02-08 Pamela Jean Bryant,playmate (April, 1978), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1960-10-25 Scott Anthony Haneline, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1961-08-26 Jeff Parrett,pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1961-11-24 Carl Sundquist, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1962-07-31 Rhonda Reilly, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-48th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1964-04-05 Martha Faulconer,golfer (1993 ShopRite LPGA-5th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1965-07-12 Russ Bertram, diver (Olympics-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966-09-11 Stewart Carr, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966-10-28 Tim Bogar,infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1968-12-03 Brendan Fraser, American actor (School Ties, 20 Bucks), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970-03-02 Steve Holman, miler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970-03-07 Kathy Gedney, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970-06-28 [Jack] Stephen Burton, actor (Chris-Out of this World), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-01-11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-03-13 Ryan Hayden, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-04-24 Ken Klee, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-09-06 Holli Rene Hyche, runner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-10-21 Rebecca Lynn Gray, Miss America-Indiana (1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1977-08-23 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1977-08-24 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1977-09-05 Rosevelt Colvin, American football player, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1979-09-26 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Famous Weddings


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1985-06-08 US Vice President Mike Pence (25) weds Karen Batten (26) at Indianapolis, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • 2005-10-22 "Extra" reporter Carlos Diaz weds Adrienne Allen at Union Station's Grand Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana

Famous Deaths


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1901-03-13 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison