Portal:Indianapolis/On this day
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- January 17
- (1825) First recorded fire in Indianapolis.
- (2007) Film based on murder and torture of Indianapolis teen Sylvia Likens, An American Crime, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
- February 5
- (1988) André the Giant defeats Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WWF The Main Event, held at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
- (2012) Super Bowl XLVI to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- February 10
- (1985) 1985 NBA All-Star Game played at the Hoosier Dome.
- (1992) Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indianapolis.
- February 19
- (2008) WNBA All-Star guard, Katie Douglas, is traded to her home team, the Indiana Fever, from the Connecticut Sun.
- February 20
- (2007) Dominic Rhodes pulled over by the Indiana State Police in Indianapolis and arrested for drunk driving on Interstate 65.
- February 23
- (1973) Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and Lockerbie Square Historic District both placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- February 26
- (1946) William D. McGee awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
- (2001) Marriott Hotel is opened in downtown Indianapolis.
- March 1
- (1907) Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Company formed by merger by three different interurban companies.
- March 7
- (1928) Hinkle Fieldhouse (pictured) opens as the home of the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team.
- (1983) The Bob & Tom Show began airing.
- March 11
- (2008) André Carson wins a special election, replacing his grandmother Julia Carson, who died in office.
- March 16
- (2008) Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game at Conseco Fieldhouse.
- March 24
- (1980) Louisville Cardinals win NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at Market Square Arena.
- (2007) Indiana Commerce Corridor proposal abandoned.
- March 27
- (1863) First military execution in the Western Theater of the American Civil War occurred just south of Camp Morton.
- (2004) Butler Blue II born.
- April 1
- (1991) Duke Blue Devils win NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the Hoosier Dome.
- April 2
- (2006) Skyscraper, One Indiana Square (pictured), is damaged by high winds in downtown Indianapolis.
- (2008) Indianapolis based, ATA Airlines, ends operations.
- April 3
- (2006) Florida Gators win NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the RCA Dome.
- (2000) Michigan State Spartans win NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the RCA Dome.
- April 4
- (1968) Robert F. Kennedy's speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was given in Indianapolis.
- April 5
- (1992) WrestleMania VIII takes place in Hoosier Dome.
- (2005) Baylor Lady Bears win NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament at the RCA Dome.
- April 13
- (2000) WWF wrestler Tazz defeats WCW wrestler Mike Awesome for the ECW World Title in Murat Centre.
- April 18
- (1998) Peyton Manning is selected #1 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
- (2008) 5.4 earthquake felt in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
- May 3
- (1873) Racial riot between Republican blacks and Democrat Irish of Indianapolis, the worst riot in the city's history.
- May 30
- (1911) First Indianapolis 500.
- (1949) WFBM (now WRTV) signs on as the first Indianapolis television station.
- (1976) Johnny Rutherford wins the (rain-shortened) shortest Indianapolis 500, at 102 laps/255 miles.
- June 19
- (2005) United States Grand Prix is held with only six cars competing due to tire safety concerns.
- July 4
- (1927) General John J. Pershing lays down the cornerstone of the Indiana World War Memorial.
- (1995) Series finale of Thunder Alley airs.
- July 8
- (1863) Indianapolis panics for five days due to Morgan's Raid
- (2001) Market Square Arena is imploded.
- July 19
- (2008) Indiana Fever win the first ever regular season professional basketball (men or women) game to be played outdoors.
- July 30
- (1945) USS Indianapolis is sunk, causing the worst single at-sea loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy.
- August 7
- (1900) William Jennings Bryan informed of his nomination to run for President of the United States at Camp Sullivan.
- September 7
- (2008) Indianapolis Colts play the first regular season football game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- September 12
- (1904) The largest interurban terminal in the world, Indianapolis Traction Terminal, opens.
- September 14
- (2008) Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first MotoGP event, Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
- October 1
- (1847) First railroad in Indianapolis, the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, begins operations.
- October 8
- (2007) WEXM (formerly WNOU) changes to Christmas music, the first station in the USA to do so, as a "stunt format" for the next three months.
- October 18
- (1878) The Indianapolis Blues come up short $2,500; unable to account for the money, the event signals the end of the Blues.
- October 20
- (1987) Aircraft misses the runway at the Indianapolis International Airport and crashes into a nearby Ramada Inn.
- October 31
- (1913) The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
- (1963) An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis kills 74 people during an ice skating show. The explosion also injures 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand is blamed.
- (1994) American Eagle Flight 4184 en route from Indianapolis International Airport to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago crashes in Roselawn, Indiana, after circling in icy weather, killing 68 passengers and crew.
- November 11
- (1949) WTTV begins operations as the second television station in Indianaolis.
- (2008) New Indianapolis International Airport terminal opens.
- November 17
- (1978) Four Burger Chef employees are murdered in Speedway, later called the Burger Chef murders.
- November 30
- (2004) Indianapolis based WellPoint was formed when WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and Anthem Inc. merged.
- December 26
- (2007) WIBC moves its news/talk format to 93.1 FM. The station's AM frequency flipped to sports as WFNI.