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5 Fun Facts About December 5 In Indiana History

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1. On December 5, 1848, Indiana ratified its third constitution, which established the state's current governmental structure. The constitution created the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state, among other elected officials, and established a bicameral General Assembly.

2. In 1933, the infamous outlaw John Dillinger was captured after a shootout with police in Tucson, Arizona. Dillinger, who was born in Indianapolis and became notorious for his robberies and jailbreaks, was eventually extradited to Indiana to face charges. He was killed by law enforcement officers outside a Chicago movie theater in July 1934.

3. On December 5, 1965, the Indianapolis Colts played their first game in the newly-built Hoosier Dome (later named the RCA Dome). The Colts, who had moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore just a few months prior, defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-21.

4. Indiana's first African American congresswoman, Julia Carson, was born on December 5, 1938. Carson served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 until her death in 2007, representing Indiana's 7th district.

5. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra gave its first performance on December 5, 1930, at the Murat Theatre. The ISO has since become one of the leading orchestras in the country, performing in a state-of-the-art concert hall in downtown Indianapolis.
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