Here are 5 interesting facts about April 29 in Indiana history:
1. In 1852, the first train arrived in Indianapolis on April 29, marking the beginning of the railroad age in the state.
2. On April 29, 1913, floodwaters started to rise in Indianapolis, marking the beginning of one of the worst natural disasters in Indiana history. The flood would ultimately claim 200 lives and cause millions of dollars in damage.
3. In 1937, the Indiana State Police was established on April 29, becoming the first officially organized state police force in the United States.
4. James B. Ray, the second Governor of Indiana, was born on April 29, 1794. Ray served as Governor from 1825 to 1831 and helped establish the state's first public school system.
5. On April 29, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was commissioned in Indiana. The ship would later gain notoriety for its role in delivering components for the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, and for its tragic sinking in the Pacific Ocean after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
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