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5 Fun Facts About January 28 In Indiana History

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1. In 1868, the Indiana State Senate expelled James Henry Lane, a Republican senator representing Crawford and Harrison counties, for allegedly being involved in the Crédit Mobilier scandal.

2. In 1909, the first automobile race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was won by Louis Chevrolet, who later founded the Chevrolet Motor Company.

3. In 1944, the USS Indianapolis was commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The ship would later earn notoriety for its sinking by a Japanese submarine and the subsequent loss of nearly 900 crew members in one of the worst disasters in American naval history.

4. In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members, including Indiana native and teacher Christa McAuliffe.

5. In 2018, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the USA Gymnastics team and Michigan State University, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse of over 150 girls and women, including many in Indiana. The case sparked widespread outrage and calls for institutional reform to prevent similar abuses in the future.
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