Hoagy Carmichael in bronze on the campus of Indiana University
IN INDIANA HISTORY
NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 28
1839 Indiana Governor David Wallace proclaimed Thursday, November 28, the first official Thanksgiving Day for the state. In his proclamation, the Governor asked citizens to give thanks for their good harvest and health.
1899 Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael was born in Bloomington. He earned a law degree from Indiana University, but his interest in music led him to a famous career as composer, singer, and actor.
1903 George Ade’s County Chairman opened at Wallack’s Theater in New York. One of the most popular playwrights of his era, Ade at one time had three plays running simultaneously on Broadway. Born in Kentland, Indiana, he was always loyal to his alma mater, Purdue, and helped build the university’s football stadium.
1920 Gaston Chevrolet, the winner of the most recent Indianapolis 500, was killed during a race at the Los Angeles Speedway. He and his brothers, Louis and Arthur, all lived in Indianapolis, where they operated a car dealership and repair garage. Louis was one of the founders of the car company which bears the family name. All three brothers are buried at the Holy Cross and St. Joseph Cemetery on the south side of Indianapolis.
1942 Indiana placed fifth out of the 48 states in the national scrap metal drive. Over 6-million tons of iron and steel were collected across the country. The material would be used to make tanks, ships, planes, and guns as the United States rapidly ramped up its involvement in World War II. Indiana’s scrap metal contribution amounted to over 213,000 tons, or 125 pounds per person.
1963 Governor Matthew E. Welsh proclaimed a 30-day mourning period Indiana following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. On November 25, the governor and his wife Mary attended the President’s funeral in Washington, D. C. On the same day, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ristine placed a wreath on the steps of the Indiana World War Memorial while 3,500 soldiers stood at attention.