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Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

This Week in Indiana History - April 15 - April 21

04/15/2018 - 09:00
04/21/2018 - 09:59
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1867 Wilbur Wright was born near Millville, Indiana, in Henry County. He attended school in Richmond until his senior year, when his family moved to Dayton. There he and his brother Orville became aviation pioneers.

1920 A large crowd filled the Murat Theater in Indianapolis to see the performance of ballerina and choreographer Ruth Page, who had grown up in Indianapolis and attended Tudor Hall. She became famous for her innovative dance creations based upon American themes. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago continues her mission today.

**** Mary Lord Harrison, the widow of President Benjamin Harrison, visited famed ballerina Ruth Page in New York in 1942. Ruth grew up in Indianapolis in the neighborhood of the Harrison Home. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

1930 Governor Harry G. Leslie presided at a ceremony marking the final inspection of the restoration of the original Indiana Statehouse in Corydon. The building was the center of state government until the capital was moved to Indianapolis in 1825. Among those at the ceremony were Conservation Director Richard Lieber and newspaper publisher Robert O'Bannon, whose son Frank would someday be governor.

1940 Thomas E. Dewey, New York State Prosecutor, spoke to a rally at Butler Fieldhouse. He was considering a run for the Presidency that year, but the nomination went to Hoosier Wendell Willkie. Dewey later served as Governor of New York and was the 1948 Republican candidate for President in the election won by Harry Truman.

1945 War Correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by sniper fire near Okinawa. Born in Dana, Indiana, he attended Indiana University. During World War II, he wrote newspaper columns six days a week. Often on the front lines, he described the war through the lives of ordinary soldiers.

1982 Twelve men were killed and 18 injured in the collapse of a highway ramp under construction in East Chicago, Indiana. The ramp was part of the Cline Avenue Extension Project.

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