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5 Fun Facts About July 17 In Indiana History

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1. In 1820, the Treaty of St. Mary's was signed between the United States and the Miami tribe, ceding millions of acres of land in Indiana to the U.S. government. This marked a significant moment in the forced removal and displacement of Native American communities in the state.

2. On July 17, 1862, the Battle of Corydon took place during the American Civil War. This was the only major battle to occur on Indiana soil, with Confederate troops attacking the small town of Corydon. Despite being outnumbered, Union troops were able to repel the attack and protect the state from further Confederate invasion.

3. In 1948, the National Guard was called to the town of New Albany to restore order after a racial disturbance erupted. This was one of many incidents of racial tension and violence that occurred in Indiana during the mid-twentieth century.

4. On July 17, 1967, future basketball superstar and Indiana native Reggie Miller was born in Riverside, California. Miller would go on to play for the Indiana Pacers for his entire 18-year NBA career, becoming one of the most beloved athletes in state history.

5. In 1991, the world's largest steam locomotive, the Union Pacific "Big Boy" No. 4014, passed through Indiana on its way to its new home in California. The locomotive had been retired for decades, and its journey across the country was seen as a symbol of America's fascination with its industrial past.
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