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5 Fun Facts About February 22 In Indiana History

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1. On February 22, 1828, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law authorizing the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal. This canal would become the longest canal ever built in North America, stretching 468 miles from Toledo, Ohio to Evansville, Indiana.

2. In 1861, on February 22, Indiana Governor Oliver Morton signed a bill allowing for the organization of military units within the state to aid in the Union cause during the Civil War. Indiana would go on to become one of the most important states for recruiting Union soldiers during the war.

3. On February 22, 1926, Indiana University dedicated Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. The stadium was built in honor of the Indiana University students and alumni who served in World War I.

4. In 1943, on February 22, the USS Indianapolis was recommissioned at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. The ship would go on to play a significant role in World War II, including delivering the parts for the atomic bomb to Tinian Island in 1945.

5. On February 22, 1999, Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon signed a bill changing the state's mascot from the Hoosier "Sagamore" to the "Boilermaker." The new mascot was chosen in honor of the many workers in Indiana's steel industry who helped build the state's economy.
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