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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Indiana History

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1. On June 13, 1900, the first professional basketball game was played in Indiana at the Y.M.C.A in Anderson. The Anderson YMCA team defeated the Marion YMCA team by a score of 39-21.

2. Indiana's first gas-electric hybrid car was built on June 13, 1917, by Elwood Haynes, the inventor of the alloy stainless steel. Haynes' hybrid vehicle was powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors.

3. The deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana's history occurred on June 13, 1976. A total of 48 tornadoes swept across the state, killing 18 people and injuring over 200.

4. On June 13, 1987, the Indiana University basketball team won its fifth NCAA championship by defeating Syracuse 74-73 in the final game. The game is remembered for Keith Smart's game-winning shot with just four seconds left on the clock.

5. On June 13, 2005, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced its plan to host the very first Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The race, which debuted in 2014, takes place on a road course built within the oval track and serves as the opening event for the IndyCar Series.
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