The  Showboat Majestic

THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

​JUNE 17 - JUNE  23



 1884     The cornerstone was laid for the new Gibson County Courthouse in Princeton.  Designed by the McDonald Brothers of Louisville and constructed by Joseph Miller of Washington, Indiana, the cost was $118,000.  The magnificent structure is one of the many splendid county courthouses in the state.   

 1909     The Cobe Cup Automobile Race was held in Crown Point. The grueling 25-mile contest was the forerunner of the Indianapolis 500.  The winner was Louis Chevrolet who, with his brothers Arthur and Gaston, went on to fame in auto racing and manufacturing.

 1915     Bosse Field was dedicated in Evansville.  Named for Mayor Benjamin Bosse, it is one of the oldest baseball parks still in regular use.  It was the setting for the motion picture, “A League of Their Own.”

 1964     A steaming calliope heralded the arrival of the showboat “Majestic” in Madison.  A project of the Indiana University Theater Department, the floating theater offered a taste of old-time entertainment to cities along the Ohio River.  In addition to performing in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” students on board ran the box office, worked in the kitchen, and generally kept the old boat in “ship shape.”

 1971     The first Black Expo was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.  Over 50,000 people attended the two-day event which included 75 booths, entertainment by the Dells, and a benefit basketball game featuring stars from both the ABA and the NBA.

 1978     Garfield the cat, a creation of Hoosier cartoonist Jim Davis, first appeared in 41 newspapers across the country.  Today readers of over 2,500 newspapers enjoy him around the world.