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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Indiana History

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1. The first Indiana State Fair opened on August 7, 1852, in Indianapolis. The fair was originally a one-day event, but it has since grown to be a 17-day celebration of Indiana's agriculture, business, and culture.

2. The town of LaPorte, Indiana, was hit by a devastating tornado on August 7, 1878. The tornado killed 42 people and injured over 250 others, making it one of the deadliest tornadoes in Indiana history.

3. On August 7, 1927, construction began on the Hoosier State Train, a passenger train that connected Chicago, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana. The train operated until 1967 and was known for its "Hoosier Dome" observation car.

4. Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight was born on August 7, 1940, in Massillon, Ohio. Knight coached the Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, winning three national championships and earning a reputation as one of the most successful and controversial coaches in college basketball history.

5. On August 7, 2007, the Indiana Historical Society unveiled a historic marker commemorating the birthplace of legendary jazz musician Wes Montgomery. The marker is located outside Montgomery's childhood home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montgomery is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
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