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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In Indiana History

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1. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While the event took place in Washington D.C., many Hoosiers traveled to participate. The speech has since become a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

2. On August 28, 1816, Indiana was officially recognized as a state. The state's constitution was adopted on June 29, 1816, and President James Madison signed the statehood proclamation on December 11, 1816.

3. The first professional basketball game in Indiana took place on August 28, 1937. The game was between the Indianapolis Kautskys and the Toledo Jeeps, and was played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Kautskys won the game 37-30.

4. Indiana's first auto race track, known as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, opened on August 28, 1909. The track, which was originally made of bricks, has since become a staple in Indiana's culture and is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious auto races in the world.

5. On August 28, 1974, President Gerald Ford visited Indiana to speak at the Indiana Governor's Conference on Energy. During his speech, Ford addressed the nation's energy crisis and emphasized the need for conservation efforts. He also praised Hoosiers for their efforts in energy conservation and encouraged other states to follow their lead.
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