Here are 5 interesting facts about December 4 in Indiana history:
1. On December 4, 1824, the Lafayette Female Seminary was established in Lafayette, Indiana. It was one of the first schools for women in Indiana and was a precursor to what is now Purdue University.
2. In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, was ratified by Indiana. It was the second state to do so after Illinois.
3. On December 4, 1913, John T. McCutcheon, a political cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, published a cartoon about the newly formed Indiana University basketball team. The cartoon depicted five players with their faces covered, dubbing them the "Hoosiers." The name stuck and is now used as the nickname for all Indiana University sports teams.
4. The Indiana State Capitol building was dedicated on December 4, 1888. The building, located in Indianapolis, was designed by architect Edwin May and is an example of neoclassical architecture.
5. On December 4, 1964, the Beatles performed at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis. The concert was part of their second U.S. tour and drew a crowd of 10,000 fans. It was the first and only time the Beatles played in Indiana.
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