Hoosier History Highlights November 8-14

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Hoosier History Highlights

November 8, 1904 
Charles W. Fairbanks, U.S. Senator from Indiana, was elected Vice-President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt.  The city in Alaska was named for him.

November 9, 1809 
Amish settlers moved from Ohio to Adams County, Indiana to establish a church and community. 

November 10, 2012 
An explosion in the Richmond Hills subdivision of Indianapolis took two lives and caused $4 million in property damage.  Prosecutors allege that natural gas was intentionally released and ignited in order to collect insurance money.

November 11, 1918 
The Armistice was signed to end World War I.  More than 130,000 soldiers from Indiana had served. 

November 12, 1880 
Lew Wallace published Ben Hur, hailed as one of the most influential books of the 19th century. 

November 13, 1917
The Carnegie Corporation approved a new library for Vevay in Switzerland County. This was the last of 164 Carnegie Libraries built in Indiana and one of the last in the United States.    

November 14, 1925 
D. C. Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

November 8 - 14

A special thanks to Jim Johnson for compiling the Hoosier History Highlights

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1.  What is the longest river in Indiana?

2.  What type of museum can be found in the basement of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Indianapolis?

3.  "Player Piano" was the first novel published by what Indiana author?

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2.  Civil War Museum

3.  Kurt Vonnegut

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