1. On February 23, 1822, the Indiana General Assembly approved the creation of Monroe County. The county was named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
2. In 1903, the first automobile race took place in Indiana. The race, which took place at the newly-built Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was won by driver Barney Oldfield.
3. On February 23, 1962, the Indiana Statehouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Statehouse, which was built in 1888, is located in downtown Indianapolis.
4. In 1954, Evansville College (now the University of Evansville) won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) basketball championship. The team defeated St. John's University 97-82 in the final game, which was played on February 23.
5. On February 23, 2002, Indiana University basketball player Jared Jeffries set a school record by scoring 27 points in the first half of a game against Michigan State University. Jeffries went on to score a total of 29 points in the game, which Indiana won 75-64.
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