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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Indiana History

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1. On July 29, 1819, the state of Indiana was officially granted statehood, becoming the 19th state in the United States.

2. On July 29, 1958, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first-ever National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals drag racing event. The event has grown to become one of the most prestigious drag racing events in the world.

3. On July 29, 1972, a major flood hit the city of Indianapolis, causing significant damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The flood occurred after several days of heavy rainfall and caused millions of dollars in damages.

4. On July 29, 1973, NASCAR driver Bobby Allison won the Talladega 500 race in Alabama driving for the Holman-Moody Racing team. The team was based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, but many of its key personnel were from Indiana.

5. On July 29, 1996, Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight made headlines when he threw a chair across the court during a game against Purdue University. The incident resulted in Knight receiving a technical foul and being ejected from the game. Knight, who is known for his fiery temper, later apologized for his outburst.
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