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This Week in Indiana History


November 12 – November 18

November 13, 1888 Charles Edward Henry began production at the Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo.  Still in business, the company is known world-wide for its high-quality hand-mixed sheet glass art and colored glass.


November 16, 1915 The Root Glass Company of Terre Haute received a patent for its design of the Coca-Cola bottle.  It is now one of the most recognizable objects in the world. The original patent is currently on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.


Liberty Bell November 17, 1904 The Liberty Bell, on a tour of the nation, passed through Indianapolis. Downtown streets were crowded with patriotic citizens singing “America.”

November 17, 1917 Robert D. Orr was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He grew up in Evansville where he helped manage the family business.  He served as Governor of Indiana from 1981-1989 and Ambassador to Singapore from 1989-1992. Governor Orr

phone November 18, 1963 The first touch-tone telephones went into production at the Western Electric plant in Indianapolis. The new phones replaced the rotary-dial models which had been in use for many years.

Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken at the Indiana War Memorial & Museum in Indianapolis.

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Indiana Quick Quiz

1. What year did Milan High School win the state basketball championship, inspiring the movie Hoosiers?

2. What year was the movie Breaking Away, based in Bloomington, released?

3.In what Indiana city were scenes shot for the 1988 film Rain Man?

4. The movie A Christmas Story is based on author Jean Shepherd’s childhood. What Indiana town is the childhood home of Shepherd?

Answers Below

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1. 1954

2. 1979

3. Metamora

4. Hammond