1. Indiana's First Leap Year: February 29, 1804
In 1804, Indiana experienced its first leap year and celebrated a February 29. At the time, Indiana was still part of the Indiana Territory, which was formed in 1800. This territory included what is now the state of Indiana, as well as parts of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
2. Indiana's Admission to the Union: February 29, 1816
Indiana became the 19th state in the United States on February 29, 1816. This was a leap year, which meant that Indiana had to wait an extra day to officially join the Union. Indiana was the first state to be created out of the Northwest Territory.
3. Indiana's Bicentennial: February 29, 2016
Indiana celebrated its bicentennial on February 29, 2016, which marked 200 years since the state's admission to the Union. As part of the celebration, Indiana held a series of events throughout the year to commemorate its history and culture.
4. Leap Day Tornadoes: February 29, 2012
On February 29, 2012, Indiana experienced a series of devastating tornadoes that struck several communities in the southern part of the state. Twenty-five tornadoes touched down, with the most intense one ranking as an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornadoes caused significant damage, with 13 fatalities and over 300 injuries reported.
5. Leap Year Games: February 29, 1992
The Indianapolis Colts football team hosted the New York Giants in a leap year game on February 29, 1992. The game was the first NFL game ever played in February and only the second ever played on a leap day. The Colts won the game 24-14.
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