Hoosier History Highlights Feb 23-29th

Indiana (NNDC):

Hoosier History Highlights

February 23 – February 29

The Week in Indiana History

Bethel1836     The Bethel African American Episcopal Church was founded in Indianapolis.  Home to the city’s oldest African American congregation, the church was part of the Underground Railroad.  This Indiana Historical Marker is located on West Vermont Street, near the building where members met for 147 years.  In recent years, a new worship center was opened on Zionsville Road.

Susan B. Anthony

1873     Susan B. Anthony gave a lecture at Hamilton’s Hall in Fort Wayne.  Her subject was “American Citizenship, or How I Came to Vote.”  The newspaper ad for her appearance stated that she was “under indictment for voting in Rochester, New York.”  Admission to the lecture was 50 cents with no reserved seats.

1887     A brawl erupted in the Indiana Legislature.  It was fueled by a bitter disagreement over who should be elected to represent the state in the United States Senate.  Shouting and fistfights forced Governor Isaac Gray to call in the police.  The headline in the Indianapolis Journal said, “A Very Turbulent and Exciting Scene in the State Senate Yesterday.”

USS Indiana1893     The USS Indiana was launched in Philadelphia.  Over 10,000 people, including President Benjamin Harrison, braved sleet and rain to witness the new battleship slide into the Delaware River.  A reporter on the scene wrote that it was “as beautiful a model of marine architecture as ever left a builder’s yards.”  The Indiana served in the Spanish-American War as part of the North Atlantic fleet.

1921     Two passenger trains hit head-on near Porter, Indiana, killing 37 people.  An investigation revealed that engineers on one of the trains had misread warning signals.  Newspapers reported that the thunderous crash and the blast of steam escaping from the engines could be heard miles away.

needle1954     Doctors began the first mass inoculation of children with the Salk polio vaccine, produced by the Eli Lilly Laboratories in Indianapolis.  The clinical trials were the largest ever conducted up to that time, involving over four million children.

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  Name the county seat city for each of the following counties.

1.  Hancock County

2.  Tippecanoe County

3.  Vanderburgh County

4.  Porter County

5.  Monroe County

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Did You Know?

     A brand new USS Indiana was commissioned by the United States Navy in September of 2018.  It is a nuclear-powered attack submarine, armed with 2000-pound torpedoes which can travel 50 mph to their targets. This Indiana is the fourth vessel to be name for the Hoosier State and the first to be in active military service since World War II.

The 2020 Census is almost here!  The federal government relied on Census date to provide over $17.9 billion in funding to Indiana for the fiscal year 2016.  This equates to about $2,710 per person.  And that was for just one year!   Watch for the census questionnaire in your mailbox in March.

ANSWERS:  1.  Greenfield           2.  Lafayette  3.  Evansville           4.  Valparaiso  5.  Bloomington