This Week in Indiana History


May 21 – May 27

This Week in Indiana History


May 1972 at the Beginning of the 56th running of the Indy 500, Jim Nabors sang the song “Indiana” which is known as “Back Home Again in Indiana.” He sang “Indiana” before the race from 1972-1978 as well as every year but 2 from 1983-2006.

Wonder May 21, 1921 The Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis began producing Wonder Bread. The logo was inspired by the “wonder” of the sight of the hundreds of balloons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Burnside May 23, 1824 Ambrose Everett Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana. He was a three term Governor of Rhode Island, an American army officer and he popularized sideburns.

May 25, 1993 The Dilley sextuplets were born in Indianapolis. Born to Becki and Keith Dilley, they are the first set of surviving sextuplets born in the United States.


Our Where in Indiana from last week was taken of the Marengo Cave in Marengo, Crawford county, Indiana.


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May 21

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Indiana Quick Quiz

1. What set Ray Harroun’s winning car, the Marmon Wasp, apart from the others in the race, when he won the first Indy 500 in 1911?

2. What year did the famous press pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, burn to the ground?

3.Four people have won the Indy 500 four times, the most by any person. Name the four people.

4.Who is the oldest winner of the Indy 500?

Answers Below

Did You Know???

The record time for the longest Indy 500 race was 8 hours and 22 minutes because of rain during the 2004 race.


1. His car had a rearview mirror

2. The morning after the 1925 race.

3.Al Unser, A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves

4. Al Unser (47 years old), 1987