In 1917, the County Council of Defense, its seven members appointed by Judge Earl Sample, met to organize.
In 1944, local contractor Gordon Johnson was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Forty years later he and his wife appeared in Europe as part of a “Good Morning America” telecast marking the anniversary.
In 1960, Angela Ahrendts, a New Palestine High School graduate who has become senior vice president of retail and online stores for Apple, was born.
In 1917, the Rev. B.O. Hufford of Shirley was selected as the Prohibition candidate for Sixth District Congressman. He was nominated by acclamation at the district convention in New Castle.
In 1987, Raymond Pierson of Maxwell was found dead in his car, the victim of an apparent suicide. He was an eyewitness in the May 1986 shooting death of former Hancock County sheriff Malcolm Grass. The body of Pierson, 34, was found not far from the gas station where he worked and where Grass was killed. Marvin D. Castor was convicted and imprisoned in Grass’s slaying; in 2015, he was found dead in his cell.
In 2008, New Palestine High School’s softball team captured the Class 3A state title, the program’s second, defeating Jasper 4-0 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Senior Alyssa Marcum won the statewide Mental Attitude Award.
In 1990, Greenfield Planning Commission gave primary plat approval to an 18-acre industrial park on the south side of New Road, a quarter-mile west of State Road 9. The project by Greenwalt Development included an office complex and warehouse buildings.
In 2004, New Palestine High School’s softball team captured the Class 3A state title, the program’s first, defeating West Lafayette 5-1 at Cherry Tree Softball Complex in Carmel.