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    (December 11, 1816- )
    19th state to join
    Settled by the French (1720's)
    Indiana Territory organized (May 7, 1800)
    Nickname: Hoosier State
    Capital: Indianapolis
    Size: 36,291 square miles (ranks 38th)
    Motto: Crossroads Of America
    Bird: Cardinal
    Flower: Peony
    Tree: Tulip (Yellow Poplar)
    Song: On The Banks Of The Wabash
    The British Governor of Indiana, Henry Hamilton, would pay Native Americans for American Scalps.
    The first involuntary sterilization law was enacted (March 9, 1907).
    Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington (February 10, 1992).
    Michael, Janet, LaToya and the rest of the Jacksons were born in Indiana.
    Two African-American guys were lynched in Marion Indiana (August 7, 1930).
    Leaking propane gas exploded, killing 64 at 'Holiday on Ice' (October 31, 1963).
    10 died as an Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis (October 20, 1987).
    Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tried to ban 'Louie Louie' for obscenity (February 1, 1964).
    Temperature ranges from -36ºF (-38ºC) (January 19, 1994) to 116ºF (47ºC) (July 14, 1936).
    They had an NBA basketball team named the Ft. Wayne Pistons (1941-57), who moved to Detroit.
    Indianapolis had a WHA hockey team.
    NBA's Indiana Pacers had a 28 game road losing streak (February 18-December 21, 1983).
    Indiana University fired their quick tempered basketball coach Bobby Knight for repeat outbursts. He was famed for throwing a chair during a game (February 23, 1985).
    The Indiana capitol was built with money left over in the budget.
    It is the home of Purdue University and Notre Dame.
    Indiana University discovered twenty asteroids (1949-66).
    Goethe Link Observatory discovered asteroid #1602, they named it Indiana (March 14, 1950).
    It is the home of the Indianapolis 500 car race, the first race was won by Ray Harroun at 74.59 MPH (May 1911).
    They have a NFL football team named the Indianapolis Colts (1984- ), the former Baltimore Colts.
    They have a NBA basketball team named the Indiana Pacers (1967- ), who won three ABA championships (1970, 72, 73).
    Indianapolis beat Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes (January 6, 1951).
    Indiana State basketball's team won 33 straight games (1978-79).
    The TV series 'Eerie Indiana,' 'One Day at a Time' and 'Breaking Away' were set in Indiana.
    It is the name sake of Henry 'Indiana' Jones Jr, the fictional star of 'Indiana Jones.'
    Louise Dresser, Marjorie Main, Cole Porter, Leon Ames, Scatman Crothers, Durward Kirby, Jo Anne Worley, Fred 'Hammer' Williamson, David Letterman, Shelley Long, Jane Pauley, John Cougar Mellencamp, Don Mattingly, Jim Davis (creator of Garfield), Axl Rose, Kenny Lofton and Brendan Fraser, were born in Indiana.
    100 people participated in the Nude Olympics race in 38ºF (3ºC) temperature in Indiana (January 21, 1986).
    Some firsts from Indiana:
    The Greenback (Independent) Party organized (November 25, 1894), the US Socialist Party formed (March 25, 1900), the first African-American US political convention (March 10, 1972) and the John Birch Society (Anti-Communists) formed by twelve men (December 9, 1958).
    The machine gun patented by Dr Richard Gatling (November 3, 1862).
    The first city lit by electricity was Wabash.
    The first sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) founded at DePauw U (January 27, 1870).
    The first women's prison run by women opened at Indiana Reformatory Institute (October 8, 1873).
    The first night baseball game under lights at Ft Wayne (June 2, 1883).
    The first game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis (May 2, 1920).
    Frank Sinatra's singing debut (February 2, 1940).
    The first fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana) (December 17, 1954).
    The first breath test, Dr R N Harger's 'drunkometer' (December 31, 1938).
    The first ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 (January 9, 1968).
    The first woman on an NBA club, Ann Meyers of the Pacers (September 12, 1979).
    ... and last live performance of Elvis Presley's career (June 26, 1977).
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