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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In Indiana History

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1. The first high school basketball tournament was held on February 21, 1911 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The tournament included eight teams and was won by Frankfort High School.

2. On February 21, 1885, the first electric streetcar in Indiana began operation in Indianapolis. The streetcar system quickly expanded and helped shape the growth of the city.

3. Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union on February 21, 1816. The state's name comes from the Native American word "Indian," which means "land of the Indians."

4. On February 21, 1804, William Henry Harrison, who later became the ninth president of the United States, was appointed as the governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison played a key role in negotiations with Native American tribes in the area.

5. Legendary Indianapolis 500 driver A.J. Foyt was born on February 21, 1935 in Houston, Texas. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 four times and is considered one of the greatest race car drivers of all time.
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