2000-2009 Timeline for Allen County, Indiana

2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009

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2000 - the book African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years written by Dodie Marie Miller is published. A book review New Fort Wayne African-American history book an interesting look at people who had impact on city was written by Betty E. Stein published March 9, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

2000, October 5 - police officer Bradley Matteson was killed in an automobile accident by a tractor trailer running a red light after 19 years service, the fifth police office killed while serving with the Fort Wayne police department. From Fallen officer added to national memorial by Rod Hissong published May 14, 2013 formerly on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. On the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

2000, December 5

November 5, 2022 post by Wonderful Engineering on Facebook:

This aged well

Best comment: "By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's." - Paul Krugman 1998 (Nobel Prize winning economist)


2001, January 6 - Congress certifies George W. Bush winner of close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election, see Florida 2000 on The National Museum of American History.

2001, January 28 - Rod Woodson football player at Snider High School and Purdue University plays for the winning Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

2001, July 11 - Hello to 260: Northeast Indiana loses bid to keep 219 in area code split by Niki Kelley was the newspaper headline on the front page of The Journal Gazette newspaper revisited as July 11, 2001: Lottery decides area will switch to 260 area code by Corey McMaken published February 6, 2020 in the History Journal features and stories of historical interest from the archives of The Journal Gazette.

2001, September 11 - the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York city were destroyed when four coordinated suicide terrorist attacks carried out by the militant Islamic extremist network al-Qaeda against the United States.

  1. Screenshot of Understanding 911
    Understanding 9/11 shows various major television network broadcasts in A Television News Archive at Internet Archive
  2. September 11, 2023 post by The Library of Congress on Facebook: 

    The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives. https://www.911memorial.org/.

  3. September 11, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

    Today, we pause to honor the lives lost and the heroes who emerged on that fateful day in 2001. Let us never forget the resilience, unity, and strength that defines our nation. 🗽❤️ #NeverForget #September11 #UnitedWeStand

    Allen County Remembers 911 is a small collection of video interviews by local residents sharing their recollections of 9/11 in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.

  4. September 11, 2022 post by Peter Turnley on Facebook has over 50 photos.

    See Peter Turnley professional photographer born in Fort Wayne.

  5. In Memoriam posted September 11, 2022 by the History.com on Facebook:

    We honor and remember those who lost their lives on this day in 2001. #NeverForget

  6. September 11, 2023 post by the U.S. Government Publishing Office on Facebook:

    Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, GPO was tasked with producing the 9/11 Commission Report which investigated the attacks on America.

    Read the report on GPO’s GovInfo. THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT [585 pages]


2002 - In northern Indiana the original 219 telephone area code from 1948 was split into three area codes - 219 stayed for the western side of northern Indiana, 574 in the center, and 260 for the east. See map on Indiana - Area Code History on telecom.com.

2002 - emerald ash borer beetles were found in Michigan and within a few years killed most of the 1,000s of local ash trees in Fort Wayne.

2002, August 2 - Aug. 2, 2002: Raising the roof of Memorial Coliseum Three inches per minute. the 43,680-square-foot roof of Memorial Coliseum was raised 41 feet and 10 inches. It took almost five hours. by Corey McMaken published March 28, 2019 in the JGHistory Journal of The Journal Gazette newspaper.


2003 - Historic St. Paul Parish Catholic Church, 416 W. Washington Blvd., founded in 1865, closed and was later razed.

2003, February 8 - The Champ, The Greatest of All Time boxer Mohammad Ali appeared at a Komets hockey game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum where he helped raise over $15,000 for two local children's charities fighting life-threatening diseases through The Three Rivers Literacy Alliance and Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do of Northern Indiana.

2003, April 25 - started in October 1990, the Human Genome Project (HGP) completed an international 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings. All our genes together are known as our "genome." As a result, we can now test our yDNA (male), mtDNA (female), autosomal DNA and more to come that add to our knowledge of our ancestral DNA origins. There is even a DNA Day web site on genome.gov and on Facebook.

2003, May 8 - Nancy Christy a 1971 Snider High School graduate becomes the first female million dollar winner in the United States on the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire hosted by Meredith Vieira.

Nancy Christy's Million Dollar Question - Who Wants to be a Millionaire - YouTube video.

2003, July - a 100 year flood affected Bluffton, Decatur, Willshire, and Fort Wayne. WANE TV has photos 10 year anniversary of "100 year flood"

2003, August 14 - Ten Years Ago, 50 Million People Lost Power by Rose Eveleth published August 14, 2013 on Smithsonian.com.

Blackout: The Power Outage That Left 50 Million W/o Electricity | Retro Report | The New York Times posted Nov 11, 2013 by The New York Times on YouTube
Retro Report: In 2003, a blackout crippled areas of the U.S. and Canada, leaving some 50 million people in the dark. Ten years later, we are still grappling with concerns over the vulnerability of the power grid.

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2004 - Facebook launched on college campuses

2004, May 29 - the National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.


Indiana passed legislation requiring voters to provide a government issued photo ID. In 2008 the US Supreme Court upheld the law. (Econ, 5/3/08, p.40)

There was a measles outbreak among school children in Indiana. In 2006 the CDC attributed it to home-schooled children whose parents avoided vaccinations out of safety concern. The outbreak was later traced to a 17-year-old girl who had traveled to Romania without getting vaccinated.
(WSJ, 8/3/06, p.A1)(SFC, 12/22/06, p.A18)


2006, February 5 - Trai Essex wins his first Super Bowl XL ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

2006, April 2 - Indiana goes on DST - Daylight Savings Time, leaving only Arizonia as the last state to not change time twice a year. Read Time In Indiana on Wikipedia for details.

2006, October 17

October 17, 2023 post by the U.S. Census Bureau Facebook:

On October 17, 2006, Census Bureau Director Charles Louis Kincannon announced that the U.S. population had reached 300 million.

Previous population milestones were 200 million in 1967, 100 million in 1920, and 50 million in 1880. 

Learn more about our population clock and population estimates: Population Clock. [The U.S. and World Population Clock]

#PopClock #PopulationEstimates #CensusHistory #OTD #OnThisDay #OnThisDayInHistory

See our Census pages.


2007 - the Fort Wayne Developmental Center also known since 1890 as Fort Wayne State School, Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth, and Asylum for Feeble Minded Children closed.

2007 - Aardvark Paper Drinking Straws, based in Fort Wayne, continues to produce the majority of the paper drinking straws used in the United States. . From a January 3, 2023 post by The History Center on Facebook.

2007, September 8 - the Basketball Hall of Fame debuts a presentation highlighting Fort Wayne as the birthplace of the NBA, National Basketball Association.  See our Fred Zollner and Zollner Pistons section.

2007, December - the worst recession since the Great Depression starts towards the end of President George Bush's second term, ending in June 2009. Psychologically the recession lasted a lot longer well into 2013. From The recession has ended, psychologically speaking a Scripps Howard editorial May 2, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.


2008, March 28 - Hillary Clinton Former United States Secretary of State hosted a roundtable discussion at Sara's Family Restaurant in Fort Wayne with several workers, including four workers from the local General Motors plant. From Hillary Clinton Former United States Secretary of State Press Release - Clinton Campaigns In Indiana On Day Two Of The Solutions For The American Economy Tour at The American Presidency Project.

2008, April 4 - Remarks in Fort Wayne, Indiana: "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Barack Obama 44th President of the United States: 2009 ‐ 2017 at The American Presidency Project.

2008, September - first Key to the Fort awarded to Charles Redd, inspiration for the award came from the governor’s Sagamore of the Wabash honor. ... a hand-forged replica of the iron key that was used at the actual Fort Wayne in the days of Anthony Wayne. It is set on a base of wood from the original St. Vincent’s Church at Wallen and Old Auburn roads.

2008, September 1 - the last Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game was played at Memorial Stadium where they lost 0-3 against the Great Lakes Loons.

2008, September 11 - Parkview Field name is revealed as new baseball stadium for the new baseball team Fort Wayne TinCaps.

2008, October 2 - the first Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball game was played downtown at the new Parkview Field stadium.

2008, December 19 - ice Storm knocked out electrical power in Fort Wayne in many locations for 4 days and longer as trees and branches fell around northeast Indiana. See National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office photos.

December 19, 2023 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

The storm left over 100,000 Allen County homes and businesses without power, forcing some people to seek temporary shelters for a few days until crews restored power.

OTD in 2008: Ice storm leaves over 100K without power in Allen County


2009, February 1 - Trai Essex wins his second Super Bowl XLIII ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

2009, April 16 - Parkview Field home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team opened for first game.

2009, April 28 - Club Olympia Pool was filled in. It opened March 21, 1963 as one of only 4 Olympic size pools in Indiana. 1968 Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Sharon Wichman practiced at Club O.

2009, June 26

To honor the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the United States, and for other purposes. H.J.Res.40 - Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009 Public Law No: 111-33. at Congress.gov. Designated: the Friday following Thanksgiving of each year as Native American Heritage Day will underscore the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Native American governments;
(9) designation of Native American Heritage Day will encourage public elementary and secondary schools in the United States to enhance understanding of Native Americans by providing curricula and classroom instruction focusing on the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the Nation; and
(10) the Friday immediately succeeding Thanksgiving Day of each year would be an appropriate day to designate as Native American Heritage Day.
SEC. 3. HONORING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE IN THE UNITED STATES. Congress encourages the people of the United States, as well as Federal, State, and local governments, and interested groups and organizations to honor Native Americans, with activities relating to--
(1) appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to observe Native American Heritage Day;
(2) the historical status of Native American tribal governments as well as the present day status of Native Americans;
(3) the cultures, traditions, and languages of Native Americans; and
(4) the rich Native American cultural legacy that all Americans enjoy today. Approved June 26, 2009.

[ See Native Americans page ]

2009, December 12

This tombstone, cut to resemble a U.S. flag waving in the wind, marks the resting place of Robert Heft. Heft came up...

Posted by Find a Grave on Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday, July 4, 2020 post by Find a Grave on Facebook:

This tombstone, cut to resemble a U.S. flag waving in the wind, marks the resting place of Robert Heft. Heft came up with the current 50-star flag design for a high school project in the late '50s, earning a B- for his efforts. His grade was later changed to an A when it became the national flag of the United States on this day in 1960.

Heft's memorial page: Robert G. Heft
photo: Rodney Wakeman

  1. Robert G. Heft: 1942-2009 - Creator of 50-star flag was teen in Lancaster Staff Writer The Columbus Dispatch
  2. Bob Heft at Story Corps.
    [ In Defense Of The Flag (Sewn For History Class) July 3, 2009 NPR Morning Edition ]
  3. The High Schooler Who Designed The 50-Star American Flag at the National Flag Foundation.
  4. Bob Heft & the 50-Star Flag long history at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Saginaw, Michigan.
  5. How an Ohio High Schooler Designed Our 50-Star Flag at Ohio Magazine.
  6. The Fifty Star Flag A Symbol of America at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.
The Story Behind Bob Heft, the Designer of our 50 Star Flag

Flag Day is an opportunity to learn about our 50-star US flag and the man from Saginaw behind its design. This video was made in 2019 for Independence Day. But Flag Day is equally appropriate to honor Bob Heft's contribution to our country's history. Happy Flag Day!

Posted by State Representative Rodney Wakeman on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 post by State Representative Rodney Wakeman on Facebook:

The Story Behind Bob Heft, the Designer of our 50 Star Flag

Flag Day is an opportunity to learn about our 50-star US flag and the man from Saginaw behind its design.

This video was made in 2019 for Independence Day. But Flag Day is equally appropriate to honor Bob Heft's contribution to our country's history.

Happy Flag Day!

[ Rodney Wakeman was Bob's friend and co-owner of Wakeman Funeral Home ]

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