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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In Indiana History

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1. The first African American Civil War regiment from Indiana was mustered on February 28, 1864. Known as the 28th Regiment United States Colored Troops, the unit was composed of black soldiers from Indiana and other states.

2. On February 28, 1903, the Indiana General Assembly passed the Wright Brothers Law, making Indiana the first state to offer a cash prize for the development of a functioning airplane. The law helped to spur the development of aviation technology in the state.

3. February 28, 1974, marked the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history. A total of 13 tornadoes struck the state, killing 47 people and causing widespread damage. One of the tornadoes, an F4, hit the town of Monticello, killing 11 people and destroying much of the downtown area.

4. On February 28, 1991, the Indiana Pacers played their first game in their new home arena, the Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 112-109 in front of a sellout crowd of more than 16,000 fans.

5. February 28, 2016, saw the 88th Academy Awards ceremony take place, with Indiana native Mark Rylance winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the film Bridge of Spies. Rylance, who was born in Ashford, Kent, England, grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before settling in Indiana.
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