IN INDIANA HISTORY
FEBRUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 27
1889 Benjamin Harrison left his home Indianapolis to go to Washington to take the oath as the 23rd President of the United States. Indiana Governor Alvin Hovey and Indianapolis Mayor Caleb Denny led the large crowd which gathered to see him off. The parade to Union Station included prominent citizens and members of the state legislature as well as hundreds of school children who had been given a long recess to allow them to witness the history-making event. Speaking to the crowd, Harrison said, "I love this city. It has been my one cherished home." The Indiana Sentinel reported that, through the excitement, Harrison’s “ever cool and collected manner manifested itself.”
1890 Mary Tomlinson was born in Acton, Indiana. After attending Franklin College, she became interested in theater. She ended up in Hollywood where, under the name of Marjorie Main, she appeared in scores of MGM movies. Her filmography includes over 80 films, including “Friendly Persuasion” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” She is best known as "Ma" in the popular "Ma and Pa Kettle" series.
1922 24-year-old Marian Anderson was the featured singer in a program at the Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. She was at the beginning of a long career in which she gained international fame and broke down racial barriers in the arts. She was the first African American singer to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the White House.
1925 The Duesenberg Motor Company filed incorporation papers with the Indiana Secretary of State. The firm was being moved to Indianapolis from New Jersey by brothers Fred and August Duesenberg. Their luxury automobiles were not only beautiful but powerful, performing well on the Speedway track.
1932 The 200th Anniversary of George Washington’s birthday was celebrated in cities all around the state. Pageants, plays, and speeches were included in programs in Greensburg, Anderson, Connersville, Greencastle, Martinsville. In Columbus, flowers were placed on the grave of Jonathan Moore, a Revolutionary War soldier and bodyguard for General Washington.
1932 British Diplomat Winston Churchill was the featured speaker in a program at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis. Accompanied by his 22-year-old daughter Diana, he was in the city under the auspices of the Council on International Relations. A reporter wrote, “Most of Mr. Churchill’s carefully prepared address was made with the assurance and deliberation with which he would have addressed the House of Parliament.”