THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

APRIL  22 - APRIL  28


​1847     Samuel Henderson was elected the first mayor of Indianapolis. He was a member of the Whig Party.
1865     The side-wheeler steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis.  The boat, built to carry 376 passengers, was vastly overloaded with paroled Civil War prisoners of war.  Many of the over 1,200 who died were from Indiana.
1937     The Tom Mix Circus arrived in Richmond, led by the famous movie cowboy and Tony, his “Wonder Horse.”  The show included cowboys, cowgirls, rough riders, dancing horses, elephants, clowns, and the “Flying Arbaughs” acrobatic team.
1943     President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Evansville to tour the Republic airplane factory.  Workers presented him with a replica model of the P-47 “Thunderbolt” fighter plane which was being built at the facility. 
1970     Herb Shriner and his wife were killed in an automobile accident in Florida.  Shriner was famous for his homespun humor about growing up in Indiana.  His monologues were accompanied by his harmonica. 
2010     Lin Dunn was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  The NBA Indiana Fever coach had previously led the Purdue Boilermakers to three Big Ten titles, four Sweet 16’s, and the 1994 Final Four.  In 2014, she was welcomed into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.