1. In 1821, the first state fair in Indiana was held in the city of Corydon. The fair, which featured agricultural displays and livestock competitions, has since become an annual tradition in the state and is now held in Indianapolis.
2. On August 4, 1875, the Indiana Statehouse, which had been under construction for 11 years, was finally completed. The building, which is located in downtown Indianapolis, features a 250-foot-tall dome and is considered a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture.
3. In 1916, author Gene Stratton-Porter published her novel "A Girl of the Limberlost," which became a bestseller and helped cement her reputation as one of Indiana's most beloved writers. The book, which is set in the state's marshy Limberlost region, tells the story of a young girl named Elnora who discovers her true identity and finds love amidst the beauty of nature.
4. On August 4, 1964, the Beatles made their only concert appearance in Indiana, performing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis. The concert drew an estimated 29,000 fans and was one of the highlights of the band's historic first tour of the United States.
5. In 2018, the Indiana Pacers announced that they had acquired superstar guard Victor Oladipo in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oladipo, who grew up in Maryland and played college basketball at Indiana University, quickly became a fan favorite in Indianapolis and helped lead the Pacers to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons with the team.
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