For 3 days during the month of January, Indiana faced its worst storm of all time. The Blizzard of '78 became the storm by which all other storms in Indiana since have been measured. And that's the subject of this month's InHistory.
On Jan. 1, 1827, five miles west of Madison on a headland overlooking the Ohio River, the Rev. John Finley Crowe founded Hanover College – today Indiana’s oldest private liberal arts college. Hanover, which began as an academy to train Christian youth for gospel ministry, retains a Presbyterian affiliation but has expanded over the years to offer a wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum. (Hanover College)
On Jan. 7, 1885, Mark Twain performed at Plymouth Church in Indianapolis. A newspaper reporter wrote, "The drollery of his appearance and manner invests in the commonplace and wearisome a freshness and comicality that is irresistible.” The writer’s real name was Samuel L. Clemens, but he was better known by his pen name. This photo by Mathew Brady, taken in 1871, depicts a 35-year-old Twain before his thick hair matured into the snow-white mop prominent in later images. (Wikimedia Commons)
The City of Indianapolis recorded its lowest-ever temperature – minus 27 degrees Fahrenheit – on Jan. 19, 1994. Just a few miles south, the statewide record for cold was set on that same date when thermometer readings in New Whiteland dipped to minus 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The bitter freeze was part of a continent-wide cold snap. The wintry weather depicted in this photo of Indianapolis comes from more recent times. (By Qsthomson, own work, [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
At age 42, Dan Quayle took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 1989, to become the 44th Vice President of the United States. Serving under President George H.W. Bush, he was the fifth Hoosier to become Vice President – following in the footsteps of Schuyler Colfax, Thomas Hendricks, Charles Fairbanks, and Thomas Marshall. In November of 2016, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was elected to become the 6th Hoosier to occupy the office. In this photo, Quayle is seen in 1991 speaking at a rally in support of U.S. troops participating in Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Defense Department)
On Jan. 22, 1928, Birch Bayh was born in Terre Haute. After serving in the Indiana General Assembly, he went onto become a three-term U.S. senator before losing to Dan Quayle, the future U.S. Vice President, in his bid for a fourth term. Bayh is the only person not from the generation of the Founding Fathers to author two amendments to the U.S. Constitution. One of his two sons is Evan Bayh, who served as Indiana Governor and – like his father – in the U.S. Senate. In this photo, Birch Bayh is shown in 1962 with his son Evan, wife Marvella and an unidentified woman. (Birch Bayh Senate Office via Wikimedia Commons)
Children’s book illustrator and story writer Bill Peet was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Grandview, Indiana. He joined Disney Studios in 1937 and worked on many classic animated films, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” (1937), “Pinocchio” (1940), “Fantasia” (1940), “Dumbo” (1941), “Cinderella” (1950), “Alice in Wonderland” (1951), “Peter Pan” (1953), “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), “101 Dalmatians” (1961) and “The Jungle Book” (1967). After leaving Disney in the 1960s, he worked as a writer and illustrator of children's books. Shown here is a scene from “101 Dalmatians.” (Disney Studios)
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