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5 Fun Facts About August 11 In Indiana History

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1. In 1874, the first shipment of coal arrived in the newly constructed harbor at Michigan City, Indiana. This marked the beginning of the city's rise as a major coal shipping center on Lake Michigan.

2. On August 11, 1921, the Indiana State Fair opened in Indianapolis. The fair has been held annually since 1852 and remains one of the largest state fairs in the United States.

3. In 1986, the iconic Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The monument, which was completed in 1901, stands at the center of the circle and commemorates Indiana's role in the Civil War.

4. On August 11, 1949, legendary basketball coach John Wooden was hired as head coach at Indiana State University. Wooden would go on to achieve great success at UCLA, winning ten NCAA championships in twelve years.

5. In 1910, the first ever airplane flight in Indiana took place in South Bend. The flight, which lasted only a few minutes, was piloted by aviator Glen Curtiss and marked a significant milestone in the development of aviation in the state.
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