HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: 1964 – The Beatles Invade The State Fair

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August 30 – September 5

The Week in Indiana History


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Lillian Thomas Fox

1917     Lillian Thomas Fox died in Indianapolis.  Hired by the Indianapolis News in 1900, she was the first African-American to write for a white newspaper in Indiana.  A leader in the community, she was co-founder of the Indianapolis Women’s Improvement Club and a life-long activist for positive social change.


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1943    As a World War II “home front” effort, the Indiana Bell Telephone Company ran newspaper ads asking customers to refrain from using long-distance lines between the hours of 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  There was a need to keep circuits open for American servicemen overseas who wanted to call home.  “He can’t telephone any old time,” the ad said.  “His days are pretty well filled.”


1964     The Beatles, on their first wave of popularity in the United States, appeared live at the Indiana State Fair.  They performed in two sold-out shows, one in the afternoon in the Coliseum and one that evening in front of the grandstand.  The “Fab Four” had slept the night before at the Speedway Motel. Beatles

Bob Ross1983     The first episode of season 2 of “The Joy of Painting” was broadcast on Public Broadcasting Stations across the country.  The show, featuring popular artist Bob Ross, was produced at WIPB in Muncie, operated by Ball State University.  Ross would continue to record his programs there until the end of the series in 1994.

Musuem1999     Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in Indianapolis.  To turn the first soil for the building, Governor Frank O’Bannon and First Lady Judy O’Bannon were assisted by 4th graders from Columbus, Terre Haute, Hammond, Muncie, and Indianapolis.  They were chosen because it is in the 4th grade that students study Indiana history.  The museum opened in May of 2002.

John Roberts2005     President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to serve as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Born in New York, Roberts moved with his family to Long Beach, Indiana, when he was age 10.  He attended Notre Dame Elementary School in Michigan City and La Lumiere School in La Porte, where he was captain of the football team and graduated first in his class.

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Indiana Quick Quiz

1.  How many serve on the Indiana Supreme Court?       a.  5   b.  7   c.  9

2.  In which county is Long Beach, Indiana?  a/ Newton    b/ Park            c/  La Porte

3.  Which of the following served as Governor of Indiana?  a/ Benjamin Harrison   b/ Robert D. Orr  c/ Lew Wallace

Answers Below


Hoosier Quote of the Week

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“Judges are like umpires.  Umpires don’t make the rules.  They apply them.  They make sure everybody plays by the rules.  But it is a limited role.  Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.”

– – – United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts


Did You Know?

     When telephone users were asked to limit long-distance calls during World War II, most did not complain.  They were used to making adjustments and sacrifices in fighting the war from the “home front.”  They were already using ration stamps to buy sugar, meat, butter, shoes, and rubber.  Gasoline was tightly regulated.  The average driver was allowed only three gallons a week.  Automobiles were not produced during the war years.  Someone who had purchased a brand new 1941 model before the war had the newest car on the road for at least four years.  Many people started growing their own food.  There were thousands of backyard vegetable gardens in Indiana and beyond.  These “Victory Gardens” helped make up for much of the food which was being sent to troops overseas.


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Answers:  1.  a   2. c   3.  b

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