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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Indiana History

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1. In 1825, the Indianapolis-based Indiana State Library was established, founded with an initial collection of 412 books.

2. On February 11, 1861, the state of Indiana experienced one of the largest snowstorms in its history, with drifts reaching up to 20 feet high in some areas. The storm led to widespread travel disruptions and crop damage.

3. In 1925, the Indiana state flag was adopted on February 11, replacing an earlier design that had been in use since 1861. The flag features a gold torch symbolizing liberty and enlightenment, as well as a depiction of a bald eagle and 19 stars representing Indiana's status as the 19th state.

4. On February 11, 1958, the first successful test flight of the United States' first weather satellite, Vanguard 2, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, the satellite orbited the Earth every 133 minutes and was equipped with instruments to measure cloud cover, temperature, and other weather-related data.

5. In 1987, Indiana native Gene Hackman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film "The French Connection." Born in San Bernardino, California, Hackman was raised in Danville, Indiana, where he attended high school before launching his career in acting.
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