Hoagy Carmichael in bronze on the campus of Indiana University

THIS WEEK

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.