Statue of Thomas Hendricks on the south lawn of the Indiana Statehouse

THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

NOVEMBER 28  - DECEMBER 4


1806     The Indiana Territorial Legislature chartered Vincennes University, the first college in Indiana.  Founded by William Henry Harrison, it is one of only two universities established by a United States President. The other is Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia.        

 1838     Governor David Wallace and a group of prominent citizens took the first steam train ride in Indiana.  They traveled along 15 miles of track owned by the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad.  They rode to Graham’s Fork near the Muscatatuck River.  It was reported that at one point they reached a speed of 8 miles per hour.

 1885     The body of United States Vice President Thomas Hendricks lay in state in the Marion County Courthouse in Indianapolis.  The funeral procession had started at the Hendricks home at Tennessee and Ohio Streets and moved across Washington Street, where every building was draped in black.  Hendricks, Vice President under Grover Cleveland, had also served as Governor of Indiana. 

 1923     Frank Reynolds was born in East Chicago.  He attended the Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond and graduated from Wabash College.  He was awarded a Purple Heart in World War II.  Beginning a broadcasting career with WWCA Radio in Gary, he moved into television, where he rose to the anchor position on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

 1942     Gas rationing went into effect across the nation as the government worked to conserve fuel and rubber for use in World War II.  For the same reason, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race was cancelled for the duration of the war. 

 1971     The Indiana State Highway Commission reported that nearly 82 percent of the planned interstate system in the state was open to traffic.  Five interstates were completed, including the I-465 belt around Indianapolis, I-80, I-90, I-74, and I-69 from the Castleton area to Michigan.  I-65 was expected to be open to Taylorsville within the next six months.

 

 

 


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