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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became a state on July 24, 1816. Known as the "Hoosier State," Indiana was the 19th state to join the Union.

2. In 1861, on July 24, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Lew Wallace as the Union's new commander in the Federal Department of New Mexico. Wallace would later go on to write the best-selling novel "Ben-Hur," which was later adapted into a successful film.

3. On July 24, 1936, the Indiana State Police was officially established. The department was created to provide law enforcement services throughout the state, and has since grown to become one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States.

4. In 1970, the notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy was arrested in Marion County, Indiana. Gacy was later convicted of murdering 33 young men and boys and was executed in 1994.

5. On July 24, 2003, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they had signed quarterback Peyton Manning to a record-breaking contract extension. Manning would go on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, leading the Colts to two Super Bowl appearances and winning one championship.
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