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5 Fun Facts About December 14 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became the 19th state in the United States on December 14, 1816. It was the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory and its capital city is Indianapolis.

2. On this day in 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

3. The Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, was born on December 14, 1849. He was known for his dialect poems and contributed to the Golden Age of Indiana Literature.

4. The first professional basketball game was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana on December 14, 1946. The Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Rochester Royals 67-62.

5. The Indianapolis Colts played their first game in Baltimore on December 14, 1953. The team was originally named the Baltimore Colts before moving to Indianapolis in 1984.
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