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5 Fun Facts About December 28 In Indiana History

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1. On December 28, 1821, the Indiana State Legislature approved a charter for the state's first university, Indiana University. Today, IU boasts a student population of over 40,000 across its eight campuses.

2. In 1846, French-American painter Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City. Feininger spent much of his youth in Indiana, where his family owned a summer home. He later became a prolific painter and one of the founding members of the influential Bauhaus school of art.

3. On December 28, 1879, the first train arrived at the newly-constructed Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Coliseum has since hosted countless events, from circuses to rock concerts, and is a popular venue for the Indiana State Fair.

4. In 1918, the United States Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced Prohibition in the United States. The Act remained in effect until 1933, and had a significant impact on Indiana's brewing and distilling industries.

5. Finally, on December 28, 2013, a winter storm blanketed much of Indiana in snow and ice, causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions. Governor Mike Pence declared a state of emergency, and over 100,000 Indiana residents were left without power in the storm's aftermath. The storm serves as a reminder of Indiana's unpredictable weather patterns, as well as the resilience of Hoosiers in the face of adversity.
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