Here are five interesting facts about August 8 in Indiana history:
1. On August 8, 1954, the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum opened in Indianapolis. The building was designed to accommodate multiple events, such as conventions, concerts, and sporting events. In 1963, it hosted the Beatles' only Indiana concert.
2. August 8, 1949, marked the beginning of construction on the Kin Hubbard Memorial Bridge, which spans the Wabash River between Covington, Indiana, and Danville, Illinois. The bridge is named after Frank McKinney Hubbard, a cartoonist and author from Indiana known for his humoristic stories and dialect sketches.
3. In 1925, the first Indianapolis 500 race was held on the Memorial Day weekend. Since then, the race has been held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, on August 8, 1926, the Indianapolis 500 was held for the first and only time on that date.
4. August 8, 1911, marked the birth of Martha Jane Cannary, better known as "Calamity Jane." She was a frontierswoman and a scout for the US Army, who gained fame for her bravery and independent lifestyle. Calamity Jane spent some time in Indiana, working at a circus before joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
5. Finally, on August 8, 1930, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team played the first game in Notre Dame Stadium. The team defeated Indiana University with a score of 20-14. Since then, Notre Dame Stadium has become a legendary venue for college football, hosting numerous historic games and events.
These are just some examples of the many events that have happened on August 8 in Indiana history. There are surely many more stories to discover and learn from.
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