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5 Fun Facts About January 7 In Indiana History

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1. On January 7, 1909, Indianapolis hosted its first professional basketball game. The game was between the hometown team, the Indianapolis Em-Roes, and the New York Wanderers. The Em-Roes won the game with a final score of 16-14.

2. January 7, 1920, marked the beginning of Prohibition in the United States. Indiana was one of the first states to pass a prohibition law in 1917, which went into effect statewide on January 1, 1918.

3. In 1933, on January 7, Indiana Governor Paul McNutt signed into law the bill that created the Indiana State Police. The force, which replaced the Indiana State Highway Commission Motor Police, was tasked with enforcing the state's laws and maintaining public safety.

4. On January 7, 1947, a terrible tragedy occurred in Terre Haute, Indiana, when a plane carrying members of the Indiana State Teachers College basketball team crashed, killing all 17 passengers on board. The event became known as the "Indiana State Plane Crash."

5. January 7, 2017, was a historic day for the city of Kokomo, Indiana, as they opened their new downtown YMCA center. The facility, which was built on the site of the former Kokomo Family YMCA, boasts an indoor aquatics center, wellness center, gymnasium, and other amenities.
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