Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis

THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

MAY  9- MAY  15


1869     Indiana ratified the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits the denial of voting rights based upon race or skin color.  Indiana was the 14th state to approve the measure.


1876     Colonel Eli Lilly opened a laboratory on Pearl Street in Indianapolis.  He had three employees, including his 14-year-old son Josiah. The firm grew over the years to become one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.   

 1902     The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was formally dedicated in Indianapolis.  General Lew Wallace was Master of Ceremonies.  The program included the reading of a poem by James Whitcomb Riley and music written and performed by John Philip Sousa. 

 1946     24-year-old Doris Day performed at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.  A singer with Les Brown and his “band of renown,” she had already scored a number-one hit record with “Sentimental Journey.”  She went on to more hit records and starring roles in scores of motion pictures.    

 1961     Newspapers reported progress of the massive interstate highway system which would run through Indiana.  Interstates 70 and 74 would carry east-west traffic, and Interstates 65 and 69 would span from north to south.  Interstate 465 was proposed as a beltway around the city of Indianapolis. 

 1989     Indiana Governor Even Bayh signed a bill which created the state lottery.  The legislation also allowed for pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.  A constitutional lottery prohibition had been repealed the previous November, paving the way for the new law.