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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Indiana History

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1. In 1854, the Indiana State Medical Association was founded in Indianapolis. The organization aimed to improve medical education, establish uniform medical standards, and promote the health of the state's citizens.

2. On January 14, 1851, the first train arrived in South Bend, Indiana. The Michigan Southern Railroad had extended its line from Mishawaka to South Bend, ushering in a new era of transportation for the city and surrounding area.

3. Indiana native Gene Stratton-Porter, a popular author and naturalist, was born on January 14, 1863. She wrote several best-selling novels, including "A Girl of the Limberlost" and "Freckles," and used her works to promote conservation and preservation of the natural environment.

4. The Indiana Statehouse, located in downtown Indianapolis, was officially opened on January 14, 1888. The imposing limestone building, with its 284-foot-tall dome, remains a symbol of Indiana state government to this day.

5. In 1985, Indianapolis hosted the first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a day-long series of events, including a parade, speeches by local leaders, and a candlelight vigil. The event became an annual tradition in the city and was eventually recognized as a federal holiday in 1986.
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