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5 Fun Facts About July 5 In Indiana History

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1. Birth of Eugene V. Debs: On July 5, 1855, labor leader and five-time presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Debs was a prominent figure in the labor movement and founded the American Railway Union in 1893.

2. First Indiana State Fair: The first Indiana State Fair was held on July 5, 1852, in what is now known as Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The fair has since grown to become one of the largest state fairs in the country, attracting over a million visitors annually.

3. Death of Cole Porter: On July 5, 1964, renowned composer and songwriter Cole Porter died in Santa Monica, California. Porter was born in Peru, Indiana, and wrote many popular songs, including "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Night and Day."

4. Indiana University founded: On July 5, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly approved the establishment of Indiana University in Bloomington. Today, the university is one of the largest in the state and consistently ranks among the top public universities in the country.

5. Indiana's 200th anniversary: July 5, 2016, marked Indiana's 200th anniversary of statehood. The state celebrated with fireworks, parades, and other events throughout the year, including the Bicentennial Torch Relay, which spanned over 3,000 miles and traveled through all 92 counties.
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