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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Indiana History

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1. Groundhog Day: February 2 is recognized across the country as Groundhog Day. The most famous Groundhog Day celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but the tradition of using a groundhog to predict the weather is believed to have originated in Germany and has been practiced in Indiana for over a century. In 2020, the town of Zionsville broke ground on the state's first Groundhog Day park.

2. Indiana Statehood Day: February 2 is also recognized as Indiana Statehood Day. On this day in 1818, President James Monroe signed the bill that officially made Indiana the 19th state in the United States. Today, many Indiana schools use Statehood Day as an opportunity to teach students about Indiana history and culture.

3. B-17 crashes in Evansville: On February 2, 1943, a B-17 bomber crashed into a residential area in Evansville, Indiana, killing all 13 crew members and 11 civilians on the ground. The crash is still considered one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Indiana history.

4. Super Bowl XLI: On February 2, 2007, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI, winning their first Super Bowl championship in team history. The game was played in Miami, Florida, but fans across Indiana celebrated the victory.

5. State of the State address: In recent years, Indiana governors have traditionally delivered their State of the State addresses on or around February 2. The speech offers an opportunity for the governor to address the state's top issues and outline goals for the year ahead. In 2021, Governor Eric Holcomb delivered his State of the State address virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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