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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Indiana History

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1. On August 29, 1912, the city of Indianapolis was struck by a devastating tornado. It swept through the city, destroying buildings and homes and causing widespread damage. The tornado resulted in 10 deaths and over 200 injuries.

2. On August 29, 1958, the Indiana Toll Road opened to the public. The 157-mile highway stretches across northern Indiana from the Illinois state line to the Ohio state line. It was the first fully-controlled access toll road in the United States.

3. On August 29, 1986, the movie "Hoosiers" premiered in theaters. The film tells the story of a small-town high school basketball team in Indiana that overcomes major obstacles to win the state championship. It is considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time.

4. On August 29, 1991, the Indiana Pacers signed Reggie Miller to a contract extension. Miller would go on to become one of the most successful and beloved basketball players in Indiana history, leading the Pacers to several playoff appearances and earning numerous accolades.

5. On August 29, 2016, Indiana University student Lily King won a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics. King set an Olympic record in the process, and her win was a major triumph for both her and the state of Indiana.
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