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5 Fun Facts About February 4 In Indiana History

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1. On February 4, 1826, the Indiana State Seminary was officially renamed Indiana College. This institution is now known as Indiana University and has become one of the largest public universities in the United States.

2. In 1916, a massive snowstorm hit Indianapolis on February 4 and resulted in 20 inches of snowfall. This storm, known as the "Blizzard of 1916," caused significant damage to the city's infrastructure and left many residents stranded.

3. On February 4, 1932, Hoosier pilot Amelia Earhart made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart departed from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, and landed in a pasture near Culmore, Northern Ireland, setting a new world record for the first solo female flight across the Atlantic.

4. In 1945, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team defeated the Great Lakes Naval Training Station team 74-73 on February 4. This victory in South Bend, Indiana, is noteworthy because the Great Lakes team was led by future NBA Hall of Famer George Mikan.

5. In 1973, Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb issued a pardon to John Dillinger on February 4. This pardon was controversial because Dillinger was a notorious gangster who had robbed many banks and committed several murders. The governor issued the pardon based on a legal technicality and public outcry forced him to rescind it.
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