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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In Indiana History

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1. In 1816, the Constitutional Convention of the Indiana Territory met in Corydon. They drafted a constitution for the proposed state of Indiana, which was later ratified by the U.S. Congress.

2. In 1987, the Pan Am Flight 183 disaster occurred near Edinburgh, Indiana. The plane crashed, killing all 137 people on board. It remains one of the deadliest aviation accidents in U.S. history.

3. The Indiana State Museum opened in downtown Indianapolis on July 12, 2002. The museum showcases the state's natural, cultural, and scientific heritage.

4. In 1862, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led a raid into Indiana, causing widespread panic among residents. Morgan's men eventually surrendered in Ohio after a weeks-long chase by Union forces.

5. On July 12, 1917, the race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois spilled over into neighboring communities, including Gary, Indiana. African American workers were targeted by white mobs, triggering days of violence that left dozens dead and hundreds injured.
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