MAY 31 - JUNE 6

1894     What is considered to be the first motion picture projector was demonstrated by inventor Charles Frances Jenkins in Richmond.  His “Phantoscope” used electric light and reeled film to cast an image on the wall.  The movie was of a vaudeville dancer doing a butterfly dance.  The rights to the projector were eventually sold to Thomas Edison, who marketed the machine under the name “Vitascope.”

1912     Members of the Women’ Franchise League took an automobile tour of  Hamilton County.  Yellow streamers reading “Votes for Women” waved from the car as the members distributed flyers and made speeches in Nora, Carmel, Westfield, and Noblesville, where children decorated the car in pink and white peonies, roses, and lilacs.  The Indianapolis Star reported that the women returned home “tired, triumphant, dusty, and delighted.”

1917     The Indiana State Banner, designed by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, was officially adopted by the Indiana General Assembly.  Hadley’s design won a competition sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The banner was designated as the State Flag in 1955.

1939     In honor of Dairy Month, a cow-milking contest was held on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse.  Dr. Herman Morgan of the Board of Health won, producing 5 ½ pounds of milk in the allotted three minutes.  Lieutenant Governor Henry Schricker placed second with 5 pounds, and Governor M. Clifford Townsend was third with 3 pounds. 

1957     Bill Haley and the Comets entertained at Indiana Beach in Monticello.  Their “Rock Around the Clock” was one of the first hit records of the rock-and-roll era.  At the same time of their live appearance, the group was starring in the movie “Don’t Knock the Rock” playing at drive-in theaters around state, including the Sky-Line in Madison, the Star-Dust in Seymour, the Bel-Air in Richmond, and the East Side in Terre Haute. 

1990     Indiana was hit with 37 tornadoes in one day (June 2.)  Twisters hit 31 counties, killing 8 people and injuring over 200.  Downtown Petersburg was heavily damaged.