Hoosier History Highlights


    May 26 – June 1

    This Week in Indiana History

    Garfield movie May 24, 2024 Shout out to this furry Hoosier! The Garfield Movie releases today.

    May 30, 1911 Ray Harroun won the inaugural Memorial Day Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, driving the yellow Marmon “Wasp” at an average speed of 74.6 mph.  His prize money was $14,250.

    Harroun1911Marmon Wasp

    Sherwood May 30, 1914 Bobby Sherwood, American jazz and session guitarist (Bing Crosby, 1933-40), big band bandleader, and disc jockey, born Indianapolis.

    May 30, 1949 WFBM went on the air as the first television station in Indiana. Broadcasting on channel 6 in Indianapolis, the station’s first day of programming included live coverage of the 500 Mile Race. WFBM

    May 31, 1917 The Indiana State flagdesigned by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, was officially adopted by the Indiana Legislature. The flag was a Centennial project sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    State Flag

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken in South Bend of a Studebaker at the Studebaker Museum.


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    CardinalThe Indiana State bird; the northern cardinal.

    Indiana Statehouse Tour Office

    Indiana Department of Administration

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1. What is the world’s largest single-day spectator sporting event?

    2.What is the average speed Indy cars reach during the Indianapolis 500?

    3. What is the name of the trophy presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500?

    4.What year did the tradition begin,  of the winner of the Indianapolis 500, drinking milk after victory?

    5. What year did the tradition begin, of the winner of the Indianapolis  500, “kissing the bricks”?

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    1. Indianapolis 500

    2. 170+ M.P.H.

    3. Borg-Warner Trophy

    4. 1956

    5. 1996, when Dale Jarrett, winner of the Brickyard 400 decided to kiss the bricks. He wanted to honor the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


    “When some fellers retire nobody knows the difference.”

    -Abe Martin

    Submitted by: Gary Smith

    BGW Trophy

    yard of bricks

    Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway