1. Indiana Achieves Statehood
July 1, 1816, marked the official admittance of Indiana as the 19th state of the United States. A procession of people during that day and night led Indiana Governor Jonathan Jennings to the first Statehouse to take office.
2. French Lick Resort Opens
The French Lick Resort officially opened on July 1, 1845, and quickly became one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest. During its heyday, the resort welcomed prominent figures such as baseball player Ty Cobb and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
3. Indiana State Park System Established
On July 1, 1916, Indiana became one of the first states to create a state park system. The state allocated funds for the purchase of land and infrastructure to create what is now known as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
4. Ball Corporation Founded
Ball Corporation, known for its production of canning jars and lids, was founded in Muncie, Indiana, on July 1, 1880. Today, the company has expanded globally to manufacture aerospace components and sustainable packaging materials.
5. Indianapolis Hosts First Shortridge-Magley Balloon Race
On July 1, 1978, the first Shortridge-Magley Balloon Race was held in Indianapolis. The race was named after Richard Shortridge and Steve Magley, two friends and hot air balloon enthusiasts who died in a balloon accident. The race continues to be held annually, bringing together hundreds of hot air balloon pilots from around the world.
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