Hoosier History Highlights


    June 23 – June 29

    This Week in Indiana History

    Chuck Taylor

    June 24, 1901 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), born in Azalia, Indiana.

    June 24, 1971 President Richard Nixon visited Jennings County to help dedicate the placement of an historic marker indicating the birthplace near Butlerville Indiana, of his mother, Hannah Milhous Nixon.


    Harrison 1888 June 25, 1888 Meeting at the new Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Republicans nominated Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana, to be their Presidential candidate in the upcoming election.

    June 26, 1977 In the final concert of his career, Elvis Presley performed at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.


    Night Express June 27, 1859 Heavy rains caused the collapse of a railroad bridge near South Bend. The Night Express train plunged into the water with 150 passengers on board. The death toll was placed at over 40 with many more injured.

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken in Winamac at the Pulaski County courthouse.

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1.  Name the famous horse from Oxford, Indiana.

    2.  How many counties were in Indiana at the time of statehood in 1816?

    3.  What city served as the first capital of the Indiana Territory?

    4. Which Indiana Governor had the nickname “Bluejeans”?

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    1. Dan Patch


    3. Vincennes

    4. James D. Williams

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    An honourable man is an honourable man, and a liar is a liar; both are born and not made. One cannot change to the other any more than that same old leopard can change its spots.

    Gene Stratton-Porter, American writer and naturalist