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5 Fun Facts About April 1 In Indiana History

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Below are 5 interesting facts about April 1 in Indiana history:

1. Indiana became a state on April 1, 1816. The state was the 19th to join the Union and its capital was Corydon until 1825 when it was moved to Indianapolis.

2. On April 1, 1946, a massive tornado outbreak hit parts of the Midwest, including Indiana. Known as the "Great Appalachian Storm," the outbreak resulted in hundreds of deaths and severe damage to infrastructure.

3. In 1915, the famous poet James Whitcomb Riley passed away on April 1. He was known for his poetry that celebrated the beauty of rural life and his works, including "Little Orphant Annie" and "The Raggedy Man," were very popular in Indiana.

4. April 1, 1896, marked the opening of the Indiana State Normal School, later known as Indiana State University. The school was established to train future educators and has grown to become a comprehensive university.

5. On April 1, 2009, Indiana University's men's basketball team won the NCAA National Championship in a dramatic game against the University of Michigan. The Hoosiers won 72-69, clinching their fifth national title.
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