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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Indiana History

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1. On February 16, 1919, Indiana ratified the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States. The state was the 26th to ratify the amendment, making it effective nationwide.

2. In 1937, the Indiana General Assembly approved the first state gas tax in the United States. The 1-cent-per-gallon tax was intended to fund the construction and maintenance of Indiana's roads and highways.

3. On February 16, 1957, the Indianapolis Star published a front-page article revealing that the state's public school system was racially segregated. The article sparked a series of protests and legal challenges that ultimately led to the desegregation of Indiana schools.

4. In 1985, the Indiana General Assembly declared February 16 to be "Susan B. Anthony Day" in honor of the suffragist and women's rights activist. Anthony played a key role in the fight for women's suffrage and was instrumental in securing the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

5. On February 16, 2013, the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 83-55 in a game that marked the biggest win in the history of the rivalry between the two schools. The Hoosiers went on to win the Big Ten regular season championship that year.
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