December 29 is an important day in Indiana history. Here are 5 interesting facts about this day:
1. On December 29, 1816, Indiana was officially admitted as the 19th state of the United States. The state was carved out of the Northwest Territory and was the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains to be admitted to the Union.
2. In 1862, the first operation of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis took place. Known as the "Museum of Natural History and Curiosities," it was located in the Old Meridian Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Indianapolis. Today, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is one of the largest children's museums in the world, attracting more than 1 million visitors each year.
3. On December 29, 1890, the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City experienced its deadliest prison riot in history. Thirty-seven inmates were killed and several others were injured in the violence. The riot was caused by poor conditions, overcrowding, and mistreatment of the prisoners.
4. In 1903, the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington opened its doors to the public. It was the first county-wide library in Indiana and one of the first in the United States to offer free access to books and other materials.
5. On December 29, 1913, Indiana University established the first School of Philanthropy in the world. The school's mission was to study and promote philanthropy, or the act of giving to charities or organizations that benefit humans, animals, or the environment. Today, the school is known as the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
These are just a few of the many important events that have taken place on December 29 in Indiana history. From statehood to philanthropy, this day has played a significant role in shaping the Hoosier State.
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