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Hoosier History: On This Day, February 3

The St. Vincent hospital building shown here in 1913 on Fall Creek Boulevard between Capitol Avenue and Illinois Street in Indianapolis. (Photo: Indianapolis Historical Society)

Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2019.

Today’s Hoosier Highlights in History:

On Feb. 3, 1913, “the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul open a state-of-the-art hospital on Fall Creek Parkway in Indianapolis. It was the hospital’s third location in the city since 1881. St. Vincent’s Hospital improved and expanded its facilities and services to include a nursing school and residence hall in 1927, and a thirty-five-bed children’s department in 1939. The Daughters of Charity moved to a convent built on the grounds in 1960 to make room for sixty-five additional patient beds. Building and land limitations resulted in a move to the 86th Street site in 1974. Ivy Tech Community College purchased the Indianapolis site in 2006,” according to the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Indiana Territory map in 1800. (Photo: Indiana Historical Society)

On Feb. 3, 1809, “Congress passes an act dividing the Indiana Territory into two governments, creating the Illinois Territory. The act reduced the Indiana Territory to almost the exact area of Indiana at statehood (minus the ten mile wide tract later transferred from the Michigan Territory to Indiana in 1816). The Illinois Territory contained modern-day Illinois and Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota and the upper peninsula of Michigan,” according to the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Gov. Paul McNutt. (Photo: Indiana Historical Society)

On Feb. 3, 1933, “the Indiana General Assembly passed the Executive Reorganization Act, Governor Paul V. McNutt‘s signature achievement. This act reorganized more than 100 separate divisions of government into eight departments, overseen directly by the governor. Historian James H. Madison noted, ‘Leaders in both parties lamented the state’s bureaucratic disorder and inefficiencies. More than one hundred departments and agencies existed in a patchwork of uncertain authority and control.’ McNutt’s act ensured that the new departments’ responsibilities were ‘more clearly defined and control more centrally administered.’ according to the Indiana Historical Bureau.

On this date elsewhere:

In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to finance a military expedition to Canada.

In 1811, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, N.H.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.

In 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, the same day an American cargo ship, the SS Housatonic, was sunk by a U-boat off Britain after the crew was allowed to board lifeboats.

In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)

In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship SS Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo in the Labrador Sea; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. (Four Army chaplains on board gave away their life jackets to save others and went down with the ship.)

In 1959, an American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board… Rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first man-made object to make a soft landing on the moon.

In 1988, the U.S. House of Representatives handed President Ronald Reagan a major defeat, rejecting his request for $36.2 million in new aid to the Nicaraguan Contras by a vote of 21-211.

In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev (SUR’-gay KREE’-kuh-lev), the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a U.S. spacecraft.

In 1995, Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Collins, in the pilot’s seat for the first time in NASA history.

In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. A U.S. Marine plane sliced through the cable of a ski gondola in Italy, causing the car to plunge hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside.

Ten years ago: Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he’d failed to pay all his taxes.

Five years ago: U.S. stocks tumbled, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. Former Vice President Walter Mondale’s wife, Joan, died in St. Paul, Minnesota, at age 83.

One year ago: The fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” added another key prize in the awards season, as Guillermo del Toro took top honors at the Directors Guild Awards. Linebacker Ray Lewis and receiver Terrell Owens were among eight people voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The New York Times reported an accusation from actress Uma Thurman that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had forced himself on her sexually years ago in a London hotel room; Weinstein acknowledged making an “awkward pass” but strongly denied any physical assault.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., is 86. Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is 79. Actress Bridget Hanley is 78. Actress Blythe Danner is 76. Football Hall of amer Bob Griese is 74. Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 72. Singer Melanie is 72. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 69. Actress Pamela Franklin is 69. Actor Nathan Lane is 63. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 63. Actor Thomas Calabro is 60. Rock musician/author Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) is 60. Actor-director Keith Gordon is 58. Actress Michele Greene is 57. Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 55. Actress Maura Tierney is 54. Actor Warwick Davis is 49. Actress Elisa Donovan is 48. Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee is 43. Actress Isla (EYE’-luh) Fisher is 43. Musician Grant Barry is 42. Human rights activist Amal Clooney is 41. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 37. Actor Matthew Moy is 35. Rapper Sean Kingston is 29. Actor Brandon Micheal (cq) Hall is 26.

(The Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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