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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became a state

On December 17, 1816, Indiana officially became the 19th state of the United States.

2. The Hoosier Dome opened

On this day in 1983, the Hoosier Dome (now known as the RCA Dome) opened in Indianapolis. The dome served as the home of the Indianapolis Colts until 2008.

3. John Dillinger was apprehended

Bank robber John Dillinger was apprehended in Tucson, Arizona on December 17, 1933, after a nationwide manhunt. Dillinger was eventually returned to Indiana to stand trial for the murder of a police officer.

4. Colts won AFC South Title

On December 17, 2006, the Indianapolis Colts clinched the AFC South title for the fifth consecutive year. The team eventually went on to win Super Bowl XLI.

5. Indiana Fever hired Pokey Chatman

On December 17, 2016, the Indiana Fever announced the hiring of Pokey Chatman as the team's head coach. Chatman had previously been the head coach of the Chicago Sky.
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